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Church History Tuesday: Development of Theology

After Constantine legalized Christianity and there was a large influx of people into the Christian religion; there was the need for official theology and a development of the theology already in place.  Emperor Constantine tried to facilitate this development of … Continue reading

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Church History Tuesday: The Great Persecution before the Peace Part 3

Last week, we learned about the edicts of Diocletian.  We also learned about the political chaos which racked the Roman Empire in the early 300s.  When we left off last week Galerius had just passed an edict ending the persecution … Continue reading

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Spiritual Formation Thursday: Lectio Divina

Today I would like to talk about the ancient prayer practice of the Church, Lectio Divina (Divine Reading).  The Church has used this prayer practice since the early Church.  Origen of Alexandria is believed to have been the first to … Continue reading

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Church History Tuesday: The Great Persecution before the Peace Part 2

If you need a recap you can find it here. So Diocletian’s edicts against the Christians were some of the harshest and restricting the Christians had seen.  His first edict was that all churches and Sciptures be burned.  The second … Continue reading

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Church History Tuesday: The Great Persecution before the Peace

Warning this will have some pretty heavy history talk in it (and it might go on for more than one week)! Early in the fourth century, the worst persecution of the early Church took place, but was also the last … Continue reading

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Church History Tuesday: A History of Lent

Lent is one of the oldest practices of the Church.  St. Irenaus of Lyons wrote about a season of Lent in the late 100s.  Granted at that time the season only lasted a few days.  Even for the early Church, … Continue reading

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Church History Tuesday: How the Church Dealt with the Lapsed

Last week you will remember I discussed the persecution of the 3rd century (if you don’t remember or didn’t read that post you can find it here).  At the end of the persecution there were several people who had denied Christ and … Continue reading

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Church History Tuesday: How the Church Responded to Heretics

As early as the second century the Church had to respond to groups of people who claimed to be Christians, but believed different and contrary things to what the Apostles had taught.  The Church responded to these groups, called heretics, … Continue reading

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Church History Tuesday: The Apologists

In the second century, Christians faced persecution; they had to deal with the possibility of martyrdom, but also with intellectual scrutiny.  The pagan society believed all sorts of rumors about Christians.  There were several ridiculous rumors about the actual practice … Continue reading

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Church History Tuesday: St. Ignatius of Antioch’s Letters and His Lasting Effect on the Church

St. Ignatius of Antioch lived in the 1st century and was a bishop of the church of Antioch, who was martyred in Rome around 108 CE.  On his way to Rome from Antioch he wrote six letters to churches and … Continue reading

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