Category Archives: Christianity

An Introduction To The Apostolic Fathers:  Part Three (Relevance)

What is the relevance of studying the Apostolic Fathers?  We are near the beginning of a long exploration of ancient writings that are little known by many in contemporary Christianity, and it is a fair question to ask why you … Continue reading

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What Other Sermons Were Books?

If I had the chance to go back in time, and engage in some rather scholarly examination of the texts that were found throughout the course of Christian history in various congregations throughout the Mediterranean world, I wonder what forgotten … Continue reading

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Book Review: Made Like Martha

Made Like Martha, by Katie M. Reid [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Waterbrook/Net Gallery.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] When I was reading this book, as someone well acquainted with the cultural importance of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Daily Encouragement For The Smart Stepfamily

Daily Encouragement For The Smart Stepfamily:  Daily Inspiration And Wisdom For Blended Families, by Ron Deal & Dianne Deal Matthews [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Bethany House Books/Net Gallery.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Prairie Girl’s Faith

A Prairie Girl’s Faith:  The Spiritual Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder, by Stephen W. Hines [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Waterbrook Press/Net Gallery.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] Like many kids, especially those who … Continue reading

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An Introduction To The Apostolic Fathers:  Part Two (Writings)

What writings are part of the Apostolic Fathers and how should we organize them.  There are several ways that we can approach this question, and I would like to begin by introducing the works of the Apostolic Fathers we will … Continue reading

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An Imaginary Failed Book Proposal Conversation About The Didache

I’m glad you were interested in talking with me about the book proposal my congregation’s leadership team had come up with.  I understand that you’re a busy publisher and I did not want to waste your time with a book … Continue reading

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A Fair Homiletic Standard

When we deal with 2 Clement as a sermon, or at least as the text of a sermon that was likely preserved by an appreciative congregation of Hellenistic Christians in Corinth, it is of the utmost importance that we have … Continue reading

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An Imaginary Conversation Between Barnabas And A Publisher

Thank you for coming into my office today.  Your name is Barnabas, right?  I thought so.  Anyway, I think you know why I invited you here to talk about the latest book proposal that we have been working on.  Excuse … Continue reading

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2 Clement, Hebrews, And The Metadata Problem Of Homilies

For those who may not be aware, a homily is another word for a sermon that is focused on spiritual edification rather than doctrinal instruction.  Most of the people reading this will probably have listened to many sermon messages that … Continue reading

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