Episode 35 – The Shepherd of Hermas and the Epistle of Barnabas

Shepherd of Hermas and Epistle of Barnabas

We continue to look at documents of the early church with a look at the Shepherd of Hermas and the Epistle of Barnabas. These documents were so important that both were included in the Codex Sinaiticus […]

The Spread of Christianity


Christianity is currently the world’s largest religion with over 2 billion followers. Beginning with the son of a Jewish carpenter, the religion was spread around the world first by Jesus’s disciples, then by emperors, kings, […]

What is the Difference Between the Latter-day Saints and the Community of Christ?

Latter-day Saints

One of the most successful sects of Christianity is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often called Mormons) founded by Joseph Smith, Jr. in the nineteenth century. Probably as a result of that […]

What’s the Difference Between Anabaptists and Baptists?


Is there a difference between the groups that identify as Anabaptist and those who identify as Baptist? After all, both teach baptism by immersion for believers. They both were even active in the same area […]

Was Paul “Converted” On the Road to Damascus?

Apostle Paul

Preachers will commonly describe the “conversion” of Paul (Saul) on the road to Damascus in Acts 9. But was this truly a conversion? It depends on how you define “conversion.” Paul is sometimes presented as […]

Doing Church History – Review

Doing Church History

Every once in a while, I come across a book that I wish I had when I began my seminary studies. Doing Church History by Gordon Heath is one of those books. This book is […]

From Jesus to Christianity – Review

From Jesus to Christianity

A book that has sat on my shelf for some time is From Jesus to Christianity by L. Michael White.  Since I am interested in both the New Testament and the early church, it was […]

A History of the Christian Church – Review

History of the Christian Church

One of the required texts when I studied Church History at McMaster Divinity College was A History of the Christian Church by Williston Walker. I read it back then and just reread it recently. I […]

Billy Sunday Warns America

Billy Sunday

Before there was a Billy Graham, there was a Billy Sunday. Billy Sunday (November 19, 1862 – November 6, 1935) was an influential evangelist in the first third of the 20th century. This short video from […]

What is Fundamentalism?


The term ‘fundamentalism’ is thrown around a lot, usually as an insult. If you encounter a religious person who is more conservative than what you would like, you might accuse them of being a fundamentalist. […]