The Martyrdom of Paul and of Peter (Eusebius)

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)

To the Women Facing Persecution (Calvin, 1557)

During the mid- to late-16th century there was much persecution of Protestant Christians in France. For one example, in 1572 between 5,000 and 10,000 Huguenots (French Protestants) were killed in Paris and other larger French cities on August 23-24. This mass persecution is called the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day. There are other examples of… Continue reading To the Women Facing Persecution (Calvin, 1557)

Polycarp: “Away with the Atheists!”

For various reasons, it is sometimes difficult to gauge the accuracy of ancient uninspired literature. The ancient methods and customs of writing were often different than they are today. Scholars have spent a lot of time and energy working to learn how accurate various ancient sources are. One such example is the Martyrdom of Polycarp.… Continue reading Polycarp: “Away with the Atheists!”

Christians, Safety, and Health (Rev. 12:11)

Everyone is talking about health and safety today because of the virus.  That's not a bad thing; health and safety are important.  However, for those who follow Jesus, health and safety are not our top priority.  This is one area where the Christian worldview clashes with the worldviews of our culture.  Everyone else out there… Continue reading Christians, Safety, and Health (Rev. 12:11)

Refusal to Swerve from the Truth (Huss)

 In the last months of his life, while he was in prison charged with heresy, John Huss faced many false accusations.  Many people thought that he should just recant of these accusations even though they were false - this way he could live on and not die as a martyr.  But Huss was a man… Continue reading Refusal to Swerve from the Truth (Huss)