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Early Christians

The Observance of Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

This coming Wednesday, March 5, is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Let's take a look at the historical emergence and spiritual significance of the Lenten season.

Archeological Find Reveals New Understanding Of Jesus And First Christians

Posted 03.04.2012 | Religion

The following is an excerpt by James D. Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici, authors of The Jesus Discovery: The New Archaeological Find That Reveals the Bir...

Paul Did Not 'Invent' Christianity

Greg Carey | Posted 12.26.2011 | Religion
Greg Carey

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.

Who Were The First Christians?

Greg Carey | Posted 11.18.2011 | Religion
Greg Carey

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.

Matthew 18:15-20: Insiders And Outsiders

Rev. Dr. Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman | Posted 10.30.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman

For Christians today reading it as insiders, the text may evoke nods of approval at some memorable statements by Jesus. Start poking around a bit, though, and a host of questions arises.

Imagining The First Christians

Greg Carey | Posted 10.20.2011 | Religion
Greg Carey

The New Testament's very existence testifies to how passionately the earliest Christians kept in touch with one another. It largely emerged organically.

Ancient Empires: Reflections on the Spiritual Conquerers of the First Century

Paul Wagler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Wagler

An entirely different type of conqueror also profoundly affected these Mediterranean lands. I am talking about the first Christians who arrived in the first century.

Easter in Cappadocia

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Karin Badt

Even if one is not religious, it is one of the nicest places to spend Easter: Cappadocia, Turkey, the home of the fairy chimneys, huge lunar pillars, cones, and spires rising in a crisp blue-white sky.