And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
It is common to think that the history of the Church between the apostles and the Reformation is irrelevant or at best good late night reading. Some have even gone so far as to distort Church history altogether in works of outrageous fiction. And so how do we combat complacency on the one hand and fictional conspiracy on the other? We should consider the lives and ministry of Ignatius, Polycarp, and Clement of Rome - ministers in the generation after the time of the apostles in the midst of persecution. How did they encourage the Church to stay faithful to Christ?
Is the Reformation over? That is the question asked and to some extent answered in a recent book by Mark Noll and Carolyn Nystrom [Mark A. Noll and Carolyn Nystrom, Is the Reformation Over? An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2005)]. The authors document the many ways in which cooperation between Catholics and Evangelicals has been increasing in America and around the world.
Alexander McLeod and His Speech Against Slavery
Olaudah Equiano – Waking Up Christians to the Evils of Slavery
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(Rev. 1:17, 18)
1 John 5:13aNKJ
Historical Collections of the Past
Walking with God