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Episode 8: The Ecumenical Councils

Episode 8: The Ecumenical Councils

There has never been a time the Church has lived apart from the constant threat of heresy.   It was a long way from Emperor Nero watching Christians burning alive in his garden to Emperor Constantine watching theologians debate the nature of Christ. Ecumenical...
Episode 7: Constantine

Episode 7: Constantine

If you were a Christian at this time and saw the Roman Emperor embracing Christianity, you would think the world was turning upside down.     In A.D. 300, Rome looked like this. It had become a tetrarchy (“four rulers”) because of the increasing difficultly...
Episode 8: The Ecumenical Councils

Episode 6: So, What Happened to the Jewish Christians?

It remains to be seen if God’s story will include Israel embracing Jesus as their messiah. Until the moment the baptismal water fell on the Ethiopian eunuch, the chosen people of God had always been Jewish. Any Gentile had been accepted into the people of God as...
Episode 7: Constantine

Episode 5: The Roman Persecutions

In God’s story of redemption there are moments of bright light and others of deep darkness.     The Roman Empire, it may surprise you to learn, was an early defender of the church. It was to Rome that Paul turned to for protection from the Jews who...
Episode 8: The Ecumenical Councils

Episode 4: The Gentile Explosion

God is the kind of storyteller who takes a persecutor of his people and makes him the primary leader of his global mission.     The spread of Christianity from One Nation or All Nations happened, at first, as a trickle. Then at Antioch we find Gentiles from...
Episode 7: Constantine

Episode 3: The First Gentile Converts

A Common Misconception About The Church’s Mission Is That It’s Only Accomplished By A Few Important Figures.     The church began as a subset of Judaism, but it wasn’t long before Gentiles began to be incorporated. The first Gentile convert was...
Episode 8: The Ecumenical Councils

Episode 2: Persecution and the Early Church

One of the most obvious lessons of Church History is that any attempt to destroy God’s people ultimately backfires.     Not long after Pentecost, the early church began to be persecuted for its faith. Persecution was nothing new for the people of God....
Episode 7: Constantine

Episode 1: From One Nation to All Nations

The Christian Church began with the highly subversive idea of being a religion equally for all nations.     The early church, meaning the church right after the death of Jesus, understood its place in history. In fact, they knew full-well they were not the...
Episode 8: The Ecumenical Councils

Prologue

Church History is full of gems, if you just know where to look. This post marks the beginning of a multi-part series on Church History from the time of Pentecost to the present. The purpose of this series is to make sense of our place in God’s varied and fascinating...