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Lent Midweek 2 – The Apostles Creed

In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he reminds the congregation that he delivered to them the Gospel which he had received (1 Corinthians 15:1-28).  This message “of first importance” is “that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,” and that he appeared to many, …

Tertullian and His Apology

(The following is from the introduction to my edition of Tertullian’s Apology, available at Amazon)   Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus was a Christian writer who lived in the Roman province of Africa (Carthage) at the end of the second century and the beginning of the third century AD.  We know him better as Tertullian.  Possibly trained as a Roman lawyer, he would eventually …

Justin Martyr and his Apologies

(The following is from the introduction to my edition of Justin Martyr’s First and Second Apologies, available at Amazon)   Justin Martyr (also known as Justinus) was a mid-second century Christian writer.  A Greek-speaking Gentile, he was born in Flavia Neapolis (present day Nablus) in Samaria and was martyred around 165 AD in Rome.  He was familiar with Greek philosophy and …

Of First Importance – The Rise of the Apostles Creed

In St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 15:1-28), he reminds the congregation that he had delivered to them what he himself had received and that this message was of “first importance.”  He tells them: “that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance …

Destruction, the last days, and the Last Day – Luke 21:5-28

Jesus’s words as recorded in Luke 21:5-28 contain some pretty heavy stuff. Jesus is dealing with three different events in these verses: he speaks of the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem, the last days, and then finally the end when he returns. We could easily get confused if we misunderstand what he’s saying and interpret these events as all occurring at …