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Jesus the Messiah and Hanukkah: The Historical Background of John 10:22-42

Good stories have a moment of crisis when the anticipated hero appears on the scene to bring victory and resolution. In C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, Narnia has been experiencing a hundred years of winter with the reign of the White Witch. Through the prophecies that have been orally passed down, the Narnians are… Continue reading Jesus the Messiah and Hanukkah: The Historical Background of John 10:22-42

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Five Views on the Literary Relationship between 2 Peter and Jude

When reading through 2 Peter and Jude, striking similarities between these two letters may alert even the casual reader. An obvious resemblance becomes evident when one compares Jude 4-18, 24-25 with 2 Peter 2:1—3:3, 14, 18. The following chart shows some examples of the similarities found in both passages: Scholars from Martin Luther to the… Continue reading Five Views on the Literary Relationship between 2 Peter and Jude

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Introduction to the Worship Practices of the Early Church—Part 4

What does worship in the early church look like? That is the question that this short series tries to answer. This is now the final installment (here are Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3). I have been arguing that while worship forms may be different between the ancient church and today, the essence of… Continue reading Introduction to the Worship Practices of the Early Church—Part 4

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Introduction to the Worship Practices of the Early Church—Part 3

This is now part 3 of 4 on a mini-series of posts introducing the worship practices of the early church. I have introduced the idea that the worship in the early church—though different from today’s forms, methods, and procedures—remains the same in its essential activities. This is true in at least three major areas: the… Continue reading Introduction to the Worship Practices of the Early Church—Part 3

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Introduction to the Worship Practices of the Early Church—Part 2

In the previous post, I introduced the idea that the worship in the early church—though different from today's forms, methods, and procedures—remains the same in its essential activities. This is true in at least three major areas: the day of worship, the place of worship, and the elements of worship. Previously, I introduced the day… Continue reading Introduction to the Worship Practices of the Early Church—Part 2

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Introduction to the Worship Practices of the Early Church—Part 1

While Christian worship has developed over time in some ways, the fundamental elements of worship continue to be practiced today in many faithful Christian churches. This is clearly demonstrated in the worship of the early church, particularly in the early centuries. The essence of Christian worship was never its form, methods, and procedures; rather, it… Continue reading Introduction to the Worship Practices of the Early Church—Part 1