Church History, Lesson 17: Christianity at the Close of the 4th Century

Recap and Intro To help resolve a theological division in the Church, Emperor Constantine hosted the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD.  The Council defined Jesus as homoousios, of the same Divine substance as God the Father.  This was not the desired term because it could be misunderstood as Jesus only being an extension of […]

Sola Scriptura in All Its Glory!

This is an article I wrote for the September 1st, 2011 edition of the Stone County Gazette. ——— “Sola Scriptura” literally says “scripture alone.”  It’s a shortened statement Martin Luther used during the Reformation.  But as with all sound bites, we lose much when a sound bite replaces the truth it originally promoted. Today, Sola […]

The Apocrypha, Early Church Councils, and Martin Luther

The Apocrypha, Early Church Fathers and Councils, and Martin Luther Lesson 3 By Pr. Rich Futrell Jan 16, 2011 Recap Last week, we learned that the Apostolic Fathers quoted and referenced the Apocrypha, without distinction, in the same way they did the others part of the Old Testament.   Hagiographa/Kethuvim To understand the distinction in […]