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91 Key Dates in Church History

Posted: September 13, 2018

Some Key Dates in Church History

Tomb of Christ

Posted: November 29, 2017

The archaeological exhibit on the tomb of Christ is on display at the National Geographic Museum through August, 2018. Click here. Articles: click here.

Q&A 1505 – What was the Inquisition? (Torture, witches, Galileo… and lessons for today)

Posted: October 17, 2017

What exactly was the Inquisition? (If you prefer to listen to my reply, click on the arrow for the podcast, The Inquisition (20 min). If you want to save and… Read More

An online trove of Biblical manuscripts

Posted: September 26, 2017

An extraordinary collection of 68 New Testament and other Biblical manuscripts dating from the fourth to the twentieth centuries has been digitized and made available for study online. Continue reading… Read More

Why I Am Not a Protestant, by Douglas Jacoby

Posted: June 7, 2017

To hear the podcast (54 mins) titled Why I Am Not a Protestant, click on the arrow. To download and listen to it later, right click here and then on ‘save… Read More

Bercot lessons at YouTube

Posted: November 3, 2016

Listen to David Bercot’s lessons (Scroll Publishing) through its YouTube channel. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL6qGDn7Nnd84-UgURpw8Dw Description Welcome to the Scroll Publishing YouTube channel. We are a small publisher of Christian books… Read More

Linguistic Insight: Christmas & Santa Claus

Posted: July 31, 2013

The Origin of the word Christmas The modern word Christmas comes from the Old English Cristes mæsse, or Christ’s mass. In Medieval Catholicism, this was the Mass. The word mass… Read More

Paul’s grave claimed found by the Vatican

Posted: December 19, 2006

The tomb of Paul was discovered just outside the old city walls of Rome, in the area of the Church of St Paul Outside the Walls. Excavation of the grave… Read More

Church History: Baptismal theology in the past 2 centuries

Posted: July 28, 2006

Link to Restoration Quarterly Article:  LINK

Complete Set of Patristic Writers Online

Posted: May 4, 2006

http://www.ccel.org/fathers2/

Church History: 381 AD. Rome’s Official Religion

Posted: February 28, 2006

381 AD. This is the date that Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. Earlier in the same (fourth) century, it had become legal, but from this date… Read More

Church History Century by Century

Posted: December 4, 2005

This is the “handout” to accompany the church history powerpoint presentation recently made in Lagos, Nigeria (2005). In addition, the 7 lessons of church history are: 1. No clergy/laity distinction!… Read More

Archaeologists Unveil Ancient Church Site

Posted: November 10, 2005

Check out this story if you haven’t seen it already. Link

Christmas Origins: “The Man Who Came in from the Cold”

Posted: December 22, 2003

I wrote the following piece in the mid-1980s. Following is another, more humorous, piece. Hope you enjoy them! — DJ The Man Who Came in from the Cold I remember… Read More

Gnosticism, by Andrew Kitchen

Posted: July 17, 2003

The word “gnosticism” comes from gnosis, Greek for  “knowledge.” Esoteric or secret knowledge is meant. The Gnostics believed that only an elite few enjoyed special enlightenment. The Gnostic view of… Read More

The Sinner’s Prayer

Posted: July 17, 2003

Introduction C.S. Lewis used the term ‘a great cataract of nonsense’ to describe how people use a modern idea to construe Bible theology. One such example, perhaps the best example,… Read More