Baptism and the Lord’s Supper can be viewed with two emphases: (1) what God does, or (2) what humans do. The first view understands baptism and the Lord’s Supper as “sacraments.” The latter view sees them solely as “memorials.”
In ancient times, “sacramentum” referred to a Roman soldier’s oath of allegiance to the emperor– “Caeasar kurios.” Early Christians picked up the word and used it to refer to their oath of allegiance to Christ– “Christos kurios.” Although the English derivative “sacrament” has been ruined for many Christians by mystical and magical accretions, the word [...]
In ancient Israel, the “center of the camp” was a place of security, stability, and honor.
Yesterday’s heresy often becomes today’s orthodoxy. Isaac Watts, “Father of English Hymnody” The introduction of hymns by Isaac Watts into worship was once thought scandalous. Today many would consider their neglect to be equally impious.
[Note to OCU friends: How about sending me a note on why there's so much traffic from OCU to this post. Thanks!] Justin’s first Apology, gives great insight into challenges faced by ancient Christians, and by extension, a better understanding of how Christian doctrines developed, not only in the face of persecution from pagans, but [...]