Category: History/Church History

young-evangelicals-high-church

Are Millennials Joining High Church Traditions?

Gracy Olmstead has written the latest edition of an article that is in danger of becoming a meme amongst traditionalist conservatives: Millennial Christians are, apparently, converting to high church traditions en masse. Rebecca Van Doodewaard, Jeremy Tate, and Scot McKnight have also discussed this issue recently...

/ January 16, 2014

Still Eating Sausages: Reservations Regarding Evangelicals and Lent

Matt’s discussion of the Radicals and their revolution against comfortable and convenient Christianity has emerged, perhaps fittingly, during the liturgical season of Lent. The annual forty-day fast has always focused on the sacrifice inherent to the Christian call. Therefore, it...

/ March 27, 2013

The New Pope: Novelty Following Precedent

Yesterday, the Roman Catholic Church got a new Pope: Pope Francis, né Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio. The former archbishop of Buenos Aires was a bit of a surprise pick, as Cardinal Bergoglio was on almost none of the lists of...

/ March 14, 2013

Papal Resignations — A Historian’s Take

Pope Benedict caught the whole world off-guard this morning. At the end of the consistory of the College of Cardinals, he announced his resignation as bishop of Rome, effective on the evening of February 28. It was a true surprise...

/ February 11, 2013

Athanasius Trash-Talking the Greek Philosophers

Athanasius takes a swipe at the limited popular influence of the Greek philosophers: As to Greek wisdom, however, and the philosophers’ noisy talk, I really think no one requires argument from us; for the amazing fact is patent to all that,...

/ October 11, 2012

Why Church History? Our Future Contemporaries

Last year, I asked “Why Church History?”, and my answer was to point to the spiritual fellowship that we share across time. We look back, and we see a great crowd all bearing witness to one great Savior. This time,...

/ June 22, 2012

Variety of the Young Reformed — A Reply to D.G. Hart

D.G. Hart has given some feedback and pushback to Matt’s and my posts on Voluntarity and the Young Reformed.  Dr. Hart is not one to back away from the rough and tumble of electronic controversy, so I am glad to...

/ July 12, 2011

Dating Easter

Last Sunday was Easter. This year was a special year, in that the Eastern and Western churches celebrated it on the same date. Easter is a variable-date feast for both families of churches, but the range of possible dates under...

/ April 28, 2011

Samuel Rutherford on Remembering Christ’s Death

Well-beloved in the lord—You are not unacquainted with the day of our Communion. I entreat, therefore, the aid of your prayers for that great work, which is one of our feast days, wherein our well-beloved Jesus rejoiceth, and is merry...

/ April 22, 2011

Why Church History? – The Cloud of Witnesses and the Body of Christ

As you may know, I am trying to make a career out of church history and historical theology. It is a field not without honor, though it is often overshadowed by the other theological disciplines, as well as the more...

/ April 14, 2011