Throughout the spring I’ve plodding through The Ladder of Divine Ascent by John Climacus, a 7th Century monastic leader of the Eastern Church. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I simply trying to get out of my comfort zone a bit. Though its not accurate to say the book has been ignored in the West, […]Read more "Unexpected Springs from the Desert"
After examining the fate of those who attempt to destroy God’s covenant people, it’s now time to look at those from outside the family of Jacob who responded positively to them. What we find is that while God specially blesses and protects the genetic descendants of Abraham, they are in turn intended to bless the […]Read more "A Native in the Land: Deriving an Ethic of Intercultural Relations from Exodus, Part 6"
It’s time to wrap up this subject. I’m tired of writing about it and you are tired of reading about it. But before we move on, I want to spend a moment reflecting on what I appreciate about the modern day iteration of the ancient Western Church, i.e. Roman Catholicism. I thought it only appropriate […]Read more "Repost of “Roman Catholicism – An Appreciation” by Michael Spencer"
This is Part 5 of this series. I’ve been looking at church history and exploring the reasons I am a Baptist despite the fact there were no Baptists prior to the early 17th Century. Here is Part 1. Issue 5: If evangelical Protestantism is true, how could an illiterate peasant in rural, 8th Century France […]Read more "Wait . . . What? Baptist Dispatches From Church History, Part 5"