Theology

All Saints’ Day

Today, November 1st, is All Saints’ Day where we remember all those who have gone before us in the faith.  We follow in the footsteps of the Church since Christ’s ascension and therefore are here today with our ancestors in the faith behind us and with our descendants yet before us in the future.  The Church is not only the collection of …

“Striven with God and with men, and have prevailed”

Events in this world can get a little disheartening at times.  We have trouble and problems.  We face difficult choices and challenges.  There’s times when we can’t bear to read or watch the news, because it’s too depressing. This isn’t a new problem.  People have struggled since Adam and Eve first sinned, because the outcome of their sin was the …

Plato and Socrates – Christians?

It may come as a surprise that many of the early Christian apologists viewed the Greek philosophers Plato and Socrates very highly.   Justin Martyr, in his First and Second Apologies (written mid-2nd century AD) mentions both philosophers many times, as do Tertullian and Athenagoras in their apologies of the same time period. But why?  Why would Christian authors, seeking to defend the …

“Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

The title of this post is Peter’s question to Jesus in Matthew 18.  Peter wants to know if there is a limit to how much he must forgive another person when they wrong him. In response, Jesus says, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Then, Jesus tells a parable about how the “kingdom of heaven is like …