December 13, 2017

The Event that Formed Our Family

God’s Marvelous, Massive, Messy House Part 2: The Event that Formed Our Family Throughout 2012, we are running a series of posts on Diarmaid MacCulloch’s marvelous, massive, and messy history of the faith, Christianity. The nature of his book reflects the nature of our household. We are a motley bunch and always have been. Nevertheless, […]

God’s Marvelous, Massive, Messy House

God’s Marvelous, Massive, Messy House Part 1: A Thousand-Year Foundation Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Christianity has an intriguing subtitle: “The First Three Thousand Years.” Of course, Christianity per se has only been in existence for two thousand of those years. However, it was built upon a foundation laid down in the millennium that preceded its emergence. So […]

Stories of Circus Acts Past

I am making an effort to read more Christian history this year. Right now I am working through Diarmaid MacCulloch’s impressive Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. On Friday, I will post the first in a series of articles on “God’s Marvelous, Massive, Messy House,” working our way through the long and complex story of […]

God’s “Winning” Team

Jeff’s post about Tim Tebow started me thinking the other day. What does Jesus’ team look like and what is their record in big games? So I looked it up, and here’s what I found… JESUS’ TEAM OF “WINNERS” Peter “The Rock” was executed around AD64 during the persecutions of Emperor Nero, or later in […]

Luther on the Marks of the Church

By Chaplain Mike For, thank God, a child seven years old knows what the Church is, namely, the holy believers and lambs who hear the voice of their Shepherd. • Martin Luther, The Smalcald Articles, III.12 In order to deal with the religious controversies that had emerged between Rome and the Protestants, Martin Luther and […]

Reaching the Rough and Tumble of Society: An Historical Example

By Chaplain Mike OK, so you have a heart to reach men for Christ—working class men, work with your hands and bring home the bacon kind of men, hard working and sometimes hard living “men’s” men, men who are not afraid to break a sweat and get dirty. These are not the kind of men […]

Augustine’s Inner Conflict about Music

By Chaplain Mike Music has always been a matter of contention in the church. We’ve been talking about that with regard to current “worship wars” and “revolutions” in church music. That is NOT what this post is about. No, I want us to think about another conflict with regard to music in the church, one […]

The Liturgical Gangstas Talk about Church History

Presented by Chaplain Mike Our regular feature with friends from different Christian traditions continues today with a question about the place of church history and traditions in our current practice. There are a couple more Gangstas who have said they may want to chime in addition to those represented here. When I get their posts, […]

“What the Soul Is in the Body, Christians Are in the World”

By Chaplain Mike Sometime between about 150 and 225 AD, a writer penned one of most winsome and descriptive commendations of the Christian church ever written. It is called The Epistle to Diognetus. We are not sure today about its exact date, author, or addressee. It likely fits within the time frame suggested, for it […]

Catechism: A Final Word (for now)

By Chaplain Mike A number of years ago, after having read some books by J.I. Packer, including the classic Knowing God, I picked up a small book he had written called, Growing in Christ. It claimed to be a guide to Christian basics, and it focused on the Apostles’ Creed, the Sacraments, the Lord’s Prayer, […]