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Church History

Wealthy Women in the First-Century Roman World and in the Church

April 19th, 2017

Not all first-century women fit the stereotype of being hidden and housebound. In this discussion I look at how wealthy women were influential and prominent in society and in the church. Continue reading»

The Roman woman who instructed her husband in the Faith

June 9th, 2016

Here are a couple of lines from the Acts of Peter about Candida, a Roman woman who instructed her husband in the faith sometime around 60 AD. Continue reading»

The Church at Smyrna and her Women (Part 2)

April 22nd, 2016

This is the second part of a two-part series which looks at the women in the church at Smyrna in the post-apostolic period. This article focuses on Gavia. Continue reading»

The Church at Smyrna and her Women (Part 1)

April 21st, 2016

In Christian writings known as the Apostolic Fathers (late 1st and early 2nd centuries) we discover that women were active in ministry in the church at Smyrna. Part 1 looks at Alke (or Alce) of Smyrna. Continue reading»

The Countess of Huntingdon and Gospel Ministry

January 20th, 2016

I love reading about the faith champions of the past. This article looks at Selina Hastings, the Countess of Huntingdon, who was a tireless and influential Christian leader in Britain in the 1700s. Continue reading»

Five Women of the Reformation You Should Know

October 31st, 2015

In commemoration of Reformation Day (October 31st), I’ve posted a link to an interesting article by classics scholar Valerie Foucachon about five important women of the Reformation. Continue reading»

Freebies for Students of the New Testament

April 15th, 2015

Here are links to several New Testament courses of videoed lectures (free and online) presented by top professors and scholars. Plus a tutorial on how to use Google Books. Continue reading»

Count Zinzendorf and an Egalitarian Revival

April 9th, 2015

In this article Rob Dixon writes about the egalitarian views of Count Zinzendorf (b.1700) who once stated “If we put women in the corner we will lose a jewel.” Continue reading»

Adam and Eve in Ancient Gnostic Literature (cf 1 Tim. 2:13-14)

March 9th, 2015

In this post I provide links to ancient Gnostic works which present Eve in a very different light to that of the Bible. Do these works help us to better understand Paul’s intent in 1 Timothy 2:13-14? Continue reading»

Eusebius and Letter Writing in the Early Church

February 5th, 2015

I’m amazed by the amount of letters and other documents that were composed by early Christians. Eusebius discusses some of these in his church history, including those he sourced from the library in Jerusalem. Continue reading»

Queen Candace of Ethiopia

January 24th, 2015

In his Church History, Eusebius wrote, “Ethiopia even to the present day is ruled, according to ancestral custom, by a woman” (cf. Acts 8:27). Is there any truth in his statement? As it turns out, there is.
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A newer translation of Eusebius’ “Church History”

January 20th, 2015

Eusebius’ Church History (or Ecclesiastical History) fills in many of the gaps in the New Testament accounts of the Apostolic Church . . . and more. I love this book! Continue reading»

Gnosticism: The “Deep Things of Satan”

January 2nd, 2015

Several letters of the New Testament address Gnostic-like heresies. This article briefly looks at these heresies and at two of their founders, one of whom is mentioned in the book of Acts. The article also touches on 1 Timothy 2:12. Continue reading»

(6) Phoebe: A Deacon of the Church in Cenchrea

November 25th, 2014

In Part 6 we look at more evidence that deacons in the apostolic and post-apostolic period were travelling envoys and agents, and that some were teachers. Continue reading»

(5) Phoebe: A Deacon of the Church in Cenchrea

November 25th, 2014

In Part 5 of my series on Phoebe, I look at the passage concerning deacons in the church at Ephesus (1 Tim. 3:8-13). I also look at Phoebe as a prostatis (patron), and briefly compare her ministry with that of Olympias (one of Chrysostom’s patrons) and with that of Stephanas (1 Cor. 16:15-18). Continue reading»

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