Deaconesses and Church History

I was doing a little research yesterday on the history of deaconesses (female deacons) in the Christian church. I had been studying Romans 16:1 where Paul showed very high regard for Phoebe, a διάκονον of the church at Cenchreae. The Greek word that Paul uses there (διάκονον) is a noun (accusative singular feminine) that means… Continue reading Deaconesses and Church History

The Office of Deacon

 The Greek word for deacon (diakonos) means "serve" or "servant."  This same word is used several times in the Gospels to describe Jesus' mission: he came not to be served ("deaconed") but to serve ("deacon") and give his life as a ransom for many (Matt 20.28, Mark 10.45, etc.).  I love how Polycarp (d. ca. 160… Continue reading The Office of Deacon

Ignatius On Church

Before he was martyred between 98 and 117 AD, Ignatius (a bishop in Syrian Antioch) wrote seven letters to various churches in Asia Minor.  In these letters, among several other things, we learn that Ignatius was writing to warn the churches of false teachers.  He was also writing to encourage unity in the churches.  How… Continue reading Ignatius On Church