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November 04, 2014
What We Can Learn from the Failures of Rome
As I expected, Christianity's cultured despisers (many of them from within) took great offense at...
October 30, 2014
In Praise of Empires
Courtney and I are in Rome this week, compliments of Focus Features and A Different...
December 25, 2013
The First Christmas Sermon Ever Preached
As a Christmas tradition, I repost this, the first Christmas sermon ever recorded: John “Golden...
November 30, 2013
Women Priests in the Early Church?
From Reuters: Proponents of a female priesthood say frescoes in the newly restored Catacombs of...
November 18, 2013
St. Francis: “I Know What the Fox Says”
We're in Assisi, home of St. Francis. Today Courtney and I hiked up the mountain...
November 15, 2013
What Is It about Rome?
Yesterday morning, Courtney and I arrived in Rome for our honeymoon. By my count, this...
July 25, 2013
What Heresy Is (A Post for Rachel Held Evans)
Yesterday, I accused C. Michael Patton of holding a heretical view of the Trinity. He...
July 17, 2013
Coming Soon: A Tour of Rome
In May, 2014, I will be leading a tour of Rome. I'm calling the tour, From...
June 26, 2013
Does God the Father Suffer?
Fred thinks so, and I agree, in spite of the heresy of Patripassianism: Don’t get...
December 25, 2012
Behold a Wondrous Mystery
I am posting this on Christmas Eve. Snow is falling, and I'm listening to the...
December 21, 2012
God Must Have Preferred the Roman Empire [Questions That Haunt]
This week's Question That Haunts comes from Judy: I grew up in the church, though...
December 10, 2012
Is Rob a Christian? [Questions That Haunt]
Rob gave us a great Question that Haunts Christianity that has generated hundreds of comments: Hey Tony....
December 06, 2012
When St. Nicholas Slapped a Heretic
In 325, the Emperor Constantine convened the world's Christian bishops to a conclave in Nicaea,...
December 03, 2012
Best Advent Hymns
In seminary, I took a class from then-provost-now-president Richard Mouw. He began every class with...
September 21, 2012
There’s No Conspiracy to Silence the Gnostics [Questions That Haunt]
It's Friday, which means it's time for me to respond to Patience's question in the...
June 26, 2012
Bonhoeffer Bends A Lot of Ways
Everyone wants to claim Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Liberals like his political action on behalf of an...
June 25, 2012
Leaving a Denomination with Honor
Jason Stellman recently left the Presbyterian Church in America, a conservative, Reformed denomination that...
June 18, 2012
Jesus in a Spaceship
Why are there images in medieval art that depict Jesus in a spaceship? Ester Inglic-Arkell...
April 03, 2012
Reading Gagnon: Two More Prejudices [Scot]
This week, Scot Miller is blogging about Robert Gagnon's book, The Bible and Homosexual Practice:...
January 27, 2012
Eckhart and Apologetics
Meister Eckhart, the thirteenth-century Dominican speculative mystic, is one of my favorite writers. I have...
December 30, 2011
The Enduring Relevance of the Didache
For a few years now, I've argued that the long-lost ancient text of the early...
December 24, 2011
Merry Christmas from John Chrysostom
In 386, John "the Golden Tongue" Chrysostom preached the very first Christmas sermon. It's beautiful....
July 30, 2011
BREAKING: Video Footage of Luther Calling the Pope the Anti-Christ
Here's a follow-up to yesterday's post:
July 29, 2011
How To Be Anti-Catholic without Being Anti-Catholic
The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) is a denomination to the theological right of the...
July 13, 2011
There's been a lot of talk so far this year about the church and mixed...
May 11, 2011
Are You an Acts 2 Church?
If I've heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times: some erstwhile young church...
December 24, 2010
The First Known Christmas Sermon
...was preached by John Chrysostom, he of the "golden tongue," on Christmas Day, 386. A...
November 15, 2010
Stir It Up this Sunday
Over at the lectionary blog that I help curate, TheHardestQuestion.org, I used the video response...
November 08, 2010
Win a Didache DVD!
The Faith and Practice of the Earliest Christians: a DVD Study on the Didache with...
February 19, 2010
Pentecostalism and Emergence: Origins
As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, I have been charged by the Society...
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