In AD 165, at the apex of Roman power in the West, the Antonine Plague erupted. It is also called the Plague of Galen named after a physician who observed and recorded the symptoms of the contagion. This plague would last till AD 180 and although there is some debate, some estimates say that as many as 2,000 people died per day.
At the time of Antonine Plague, Marcus Aurelius initiated a persecution of Christians when they refused to give homage to the gods and so appease their wrath made manifest in the plague. Even in this persecution, the Christians cared for their “pagan neighbors” who were sick and dying.(more…)
Recently, I heard a podcast and read an article called “Five Agreements That Are Killing Millennials” by John Eldredge. We all realize that there have been massive shifts in the way our culture processes reality. I am providing links to these resources because I think they have great information about where we are and where these types of agreements and lies may be taking us.
Wayne Sneed (of Orphanos) recently sent me an article written by John Piper about David Brainerd. Brainerd is a name you might not even recognize. His impact on Christianity in the West has, nevertheless, been significant. Thought I would pass this link along as it is challenging and inspiring.
I hope you are all rejoicing and giving thanks on this Thanksgiving 2017. I got up early this morning and thought I would write out a short piece that has been on my mind for the last couple of weeks. This year, I have been reading through the Gospels. As we got closer to Thanksgiving, the question came to me, “For what did Jesus give thanks?” I had never thought about this question before and as I searched out the anwer, what I found was surprising. (more…)
We just sent out our 2017 Fall Newsletter and for those of you who download it or read it online, you can find it here.
We just started our new classes for the year and we are continuning our Biblical Eschatology study, focusing on the New Testament.