Here's a helpful resource to for studying and understanding the history of Presbyterian and Reformed churches in America: Dictionary of the Presbyterian & Reformed Tradition in America (ed. D. G. Hart and Mark Noll). It's a three hundred page dictionary that includes articles on important people, events, doctrines, and denominations of Reformed and Presbyterian churches… Continue reading Dictionary of the Presbyterian & Reformed Tradition in America
When reading the New Testament it is clear that right from the start there were very fierce opponents of the gospel. Not nearly everyone was a fan of the Christian message or the Christian church. For just one example, we learn about Stephen's martyrdom in Acts 7. Certainly other Christians were persecuted as well, although… Continue reading The Martyrdom of Paul and of Peter (Eusebius)
“The study of the religious convictions of self-taught Americans in the early years of the republic reveals how much weight was placed on private judgment and how little on the roles of history, theology, and the collective will of the church.” So writes Nathan Hatch in his assessment of American religion in his excellent… Continue reading No Creeds! (Except What Celebrity Preacher Says)
Christians have always confessed that Christ is divine – not a being less than or subordinate to God, but God himself. Heretics in the early church fought against this doctrine; modern-day cults like Jehovah’s Witnesses still rail against it. But the deity of Christ is one of the fundamental truths of biblical religion. Jaroslav Pelikan… Continue reading Christ our God
Here are some great words from a late second century AD Christian tract/treatise called the Epistle to Diognetus (10:2-5). “Oh the surpassing kindness and love of God! He did not hate us, or reject us, or bear a grudge against us; instead he was patient and forbearing; in his mercy he took upon himself our… Continue reading O The Sweet Exchange!