While western Christians have completed their celebrations of the Lenten season and Easter, eastern Christians are just gearing up for their own. How did that happen?
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In early Christian communities, Easter was the day when, normally, all new Christians were baptized, and it was the deepest spiritual experience most of them would ever have.
The Apostle Paul was, for much of his life, and abject failure who never knew the success of his Christianizing mission. And yet, Paul was incredibly talented in one key measure: being divisive.
How did followers of Jesus move from a religion focused upon Israel's God and God's kingdom to a religion devoted to the person of Jesus? For many, the Apostle Paul fills that gap.
The answer is, simply, that the early churches did value women's contributions. Not only did women show their strength in numbers, they did so in leadership positions as well
An early church meeting must have been a wild scene. Almost all churches included masters and their own slaves, the rich and the destitute, tradespersons and menial laborers.
The New Testament's very existence testifies to how passionately the earliest Christians kept in touch with one another. It largely emerged organically.
Think about what has influenced your outlook on the world and what you expect from life. What will your descendants need to know to understand you and your world?
Many of the books of the New Testament were written by people who lied about their identity, claiming to be a famous apostle -- Peter, Paul, or James. In modern parlance, that is a lie.
It's especially important to hear Jesus's words in our digital age, when snarky blogs, terrible texting, snotty Facebook posts and mean-spirited Tweets can cause serious harm.
Faith may have invoked divine justice but experience repeatedly contradicted it. From where, then, did that expectation of a world ruled by a fair and equitable distribution of its resources come?
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