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The Epistle Of 1 Clement And The Prelude To Papal Claims Of Authority

It is perhaps little surprise that the first time that a congregation seeks to interfere in the leadership of another congregation, that the interfering congregation happens to be Rome and that the move to bolster friendly authorities in another congregation … Continue reading

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Ignatius Of Antioch: The Concerns Of A Dying Man

In the short series of letters by Ignatius Of Antioch we have a striking and unusual picture of the concerns of a man who knew he was going to his death.  Although we will examine the Epistle to the Romans … Continue reading

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On (Not) Writing To Bishops In The Letters Of Ignatius Of Antioch

Ignatius of Anticoh is one of the most intriguing and certainly controversial of the Apostolic Fathers, and one of the areas of controversy that is particularly notable is his choice of recipients of his letters.  On the course of his … Continue reading

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Booklet Review: Is The Ministry God’s Government?

Is The Ministry God’s Government?, by Fred Coulter, with The Nicoliatans of Revelation 2 by J.H. Allen Although I have in the past been rather critical of the author [1] and found his works difficult to read and enjoy, this … Continue reading

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The Relationship Between Pietism And Leaving Egypt

Having just finished the Days of Unleavened Bread, I was struck by how many of our messages related to the idea of leaving Egypt and its implications in our lives [1].  Of particular personal interest as a student in the … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rule Of St. Benedict In English

The Rule Of St. Benedict In English, edited by Timothy Fry As a reader, I must admit that aside from my passionate interest in the Brother Cadfael series of history novels [1], and the fact that I live a rather … Continue reading

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The Didache And 2 John: A Shared Struggle With False Preachers

From the beginnings of the Church of God in the 1st Century AD, there has been a consistent problem with false teachers.  Although the specific false doctrines that leaders of the Church of God have been most focused on has … Continue reading

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The Curious Connection Between The Didache And Diotrophes

We have previously discussed the enmity between Jews and Christians in the period of early Christianity and how that related to ideas about the Sabbath in the Didache [1], and some readers may remember that Diotrophes is the villain of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Consuming The Word

Consuming The Word:  The New Testament And The Eucharist In The Early Churches, by Scott Hahn My views on this book are mixed to positive.  Viewed optimistically, there is a lot that I appreciate about this book and found worthwhile.  … Continue reading

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The Awkwardness Of Occupation

Today in Sabbath School I had the lesson of the centurion’s servant being healed.  I have long found this to be an interesting story [1].  Before I discuss this story in greater detail I would like to put all of … Continue reading

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