Historical Info

History of the Divine Service

Paul's epistle

The Divine Service that the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod uses in worship has links all the way back to the early days of New Testament Christianity.  The Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox rites have similar connections.  Ultimately, liturgical churches worship in a manner that derives from the practices of the early New Testament Church. After Pentecost, the apostles and other …

Things you didn't know about the early Church – Part 3: Christian witnesses

This is a continuation of some interesting things about the early Church that you may not know.  This post focuses on Christian witnesses to Jesus.   1.  In the 90’s AD, Clement, bishop of Rome, wrote a letter to the church in Corinth Clement mentions the letters that the apostle Paul had previous written to the church in Corinth, urging …

Things you didn't know about the early Church – part 2: Jewish witnesses

This is a continuation of some interesting things about the early Church that you may not know.  This post focuses on Jewish witnesses to Jesus.   1.  Jewish rabbinic texts claim that Jesus practiced sorcery and magic The Jewish text of b. Sanhedrin says that Jesus was killed because he “practiced sorcery and enticed Israel to apostasy.”  Another text says …