What is Pentecostalism?

Pentecostalism

Pentecostalism takes its name from the event at Pentecost as described in Acts 2. In that passage, there was coming of the Holy Spirit that was accompanied by speaking in tongues. Pentecostals identify with that […]

What is Docetism?

Docetism

Docetism was a doctrine in the early years of the Christian church that claimed that Jesus didn’t have a physical body. The name comes from the Greek dókēsis which means “to seem.” It refers to the belief […]

Heresies: Now and Then

Heresies

Heresies have been connected to Christianity from the beginning. Because this is a historical more than theological blog, I’m defining a heresy as a smaller group breaking off from the main group with significantly different […]

Rekindling the Word – Review

Rekindling the Word

When historians look at their sources, they are very interested in how close they can get to the events. It is not always as simple as the oldest sources being the most accurate, but it […]

Were the Earliest Christians Antisemitic?

Antisemitic

The Christian church has had an unfortunately bad relationship with the Jewish synagogue at various times in their history. But is Christianity antisemitic at it’s core? The earliest Christianity can be found in the documents […]

Interview With Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr

Much of the world rightfully celebrates the life and remembers the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. But what many people often forget is that King is not just a part of social history but […]

A History of Christianity – Review

History of Christianity

One of the first books that I read was Kenneth Scott Latourette’s A History of Christianity Vol. 1. It helped to spark my interest in church history. I recently reread both volumes of this respected […]

Paul: A Biography – Review

Paul A Biography

One of my favourite writers on early Christianity is N.T. Wright. I have read many of his books and when I was asked what I wanted for my birthday, I knew it was Paul: A […]

Was the Virgin Birth of Jesus Based on Pagan Myths?

This post is not on whether or not Jesus was conceived by Mary while she was still a virgin. I deal with more theological questions at my other website. Belief in the virgin birth is […]

Three Myths about the King James Bible

King James Version

The King James Version (Authorized Version) of the Bible was one of the most influential books in western culture. Many Christians today continue to hold tightly to the King James Version. The problem with such […]