Are We Practical Atheists?, A Call to Faith, Lesson 1, Faith, 5-9

Laymen have been forced into a loose use of words in the church, because they have little or no acquaintance with the theology of the church. They are of the opinion that theology is a dark, mysterious, subject reserved for the ministers, and that theology is something dry and uninteresting. Dorothy Sayers says of England, and it is also true of America “The brutal fact is that in this Christian country not one person in a hundred has the faintest notion what the Church teaches about God or men or the society or the person of Jesus Christ.” Some people … Continue reading Are We Practical Atheists?, A Call to Faith, Lesson 1, Faith, 5-9

Second Missionary Journey of Paul, The Expansion of the Church into Europe, A History of the Christian Church, Lesson 14, 9-13

Paul, Silas and Timothy left Phillipi and went down to Thessalonika, but other Jews raised so much persecution that the brethren sent Paul on to Berea, and after marked success even in the Synagogue, Paul went on to Athens. Paul’s sojourn in Athens was rather disappointing and is memorable chiefly because of his address to the philosophers on Mars Hill. Athens was known over the entire world as a seat of learning and philosophy. The two main philosophies in importance at this time were Stoicism and Epicureans. And instead of berating Paul, these philosophers invited him to expound his views … Continue reading Second Missionary Journey of Paul, The Expansion of the Church into Europe, A History of the Christian Church, Lesson 14, 9-13

Paul Heads West, The Expansion of the Church into Europe, A History of the Christian Church, Lesson 14, 6-8

Paul and his party turned west into europe and started an entire new area of evangelism. People often ask what would have happened if Paul had gone into Asia instead of Europe. The intimidation is that Asia would be Christian today, and Europe and presumably America not. We know from other church history that other missionaries did go into Asia, and that Christianity had spread even as far as Tibet and China very early in church history. No one knows what happened to some of these early congregations in Asia, but they disappeared. Perhaps, a missionary of Paul’s statue could … Continue reading Paul Heads West, The Expansion of the Church into Europe, A History of the Christian Church, Lesson 14, 6-8

Paul Starts His Travels, The Expansion of the Church into Europe, A History of the Christian Church, Lesson 14, 1-5

The story of the church up to this time in our study of the young Christian Church has had its setting in Asia. True, it was the western most part of Asia, but the people it was concerned with were of an Asian nature, not only physically, but also in their religion. After Paul’s first missionary journey, he went back to Jerusalem to the Council meeting that we discussed previously, in which  the conclusion was arrived at that one did not have to become a Jew in order to become a Christian. We might think from the previous lesson that … Continue reading Paul Starts His Travels, The Expansion of the Church into Europe, A History of the Christian Church, Lesson 14, 1-5

Let Him Hear, Brief Bible Studies, Lesson 1, Revelations, 6-13

Apocalypses were characterized by strange and mysterious figures, seen in visions and explained by angels. Accordingly, the first verse of the Book of Revelations says, “he disclosed it by sending it through his angel to his servant John.” Sometimes these figures were new, and sometimes were shaped to represent people or events of the time. Sometimes they were borrowed from older Apocalypses, or from the Old Testament, or even from old tradition. You’ve probably heard of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. They are probably the best known figures of the Book of Revelations, and they represent other things: death, … Continue reading Let Him Hear, Brief Bible Studies, Lesson 1, Revelations, 6-13