An Early Description of Christians

A description of Christians from the Epistle to Diognetus by an author named Mathētēs (“disciple”). The date of the text is not clear, with estimates ranging from the early 2nd century to the late 3rd century.

Just Met A Dreamer: I Hope We Don’t Break His Trust

Just randomly met a young man who is a “Dreamer,” one of those young people benefitting from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). He was brought here when he was 12. He’s working hard. Doing his best, making his way, and trying to do the right things.

E. Stanley Jones: The Sermon on the Mount, Creeds, and Christianity

E. Stanley Jones was a Methodist missionary and theologian. He is most well known for his work in India and, espeically, his friendship with Gandhi.  He has many well known works in missionary, theological, and Methodist circles, including The Christ on the Indian Road, which sold over 1 million copies. One of his works that has been formative for me is The …

Fasting Meditation 3: A Christian Writing from the Second Century (2 Clement)

Although labeled “2 Clement” this excerpt is from a text written by an anonymous author from the second century (A.D. 140-160) and not Clement of Rome (who was from the generation following the apostles).  However, the work was included along with 1 Clement in several Christian collections, one of which (Codex Alexandrinus) dates from the fourth century.

Fasting, Meditation 2: Shepherd of Hermas

From a text known title “The Shepherd of Hermas”.  One of the earliest Christian texts we have after the New Testament, dating from the first or second century.  It was very popular among Christians in the second and third centuries.

The Weapons of Our Warfare: The Question of Churches Arming Themselves

Yesterday I had lunch with a friend who works on the staff of a nearby church. He shared with me that they were having conversations about what to do if an extremist attack took place at one of their services or programs.  According to my friend, much of the conversation centered on the idea of providing armed security (off-duty police officers) as well …

“Blood Moon” Passages in the Bible

In light of tonight’s celestial event, I thought it would be good list the passages in scripture that refer to the “moon turning to blood.”  There are three such passages, with one being a duplicate:  Peter’s quote of Joel on the Day of Pentecost (the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, or “Weeks”).  The other is from the book of Revelation.  While there are …