Church History, Lesson 6: Christianity becomes Illegal

The Great Fire of Rome, 64 AD Backdrop The Roman Empire enabled Christianity to spread without the effort needed in earlier centuries.  The Empire’s unifying infrastructure aided the Gospel’s expansion […]

Acts, Lesson 13: Persecution Begins From the State

Last week, we had a look into the church at Antioch, the first place where Christians were labelled with the disparaging term, “Christian,” one belonging to Christ. Today, we find […]

Making a Faithful Confession

Instead of an article that I normally write, I put in its place an article written by Pr. Matthew Harrison, assistant pastor at Village Lutheran Church in Ladue, Missouri and […]

Acts, Lesson 8: The Gospel Spreads

In the last lesson, Luke introduced us to Saul, a Pharisee who held the cloaks of those who stoned Deacon Stephen to death. After that introduction, Luke continues to tell […]

Acts, Lesson 6: Persecution from the Jewish Leadership

In last week’s lesson, Ananias and Sapphira had decided to deceive the Apostles and congregation in Jerusalem by stating they sold property for a certain amount, deliberately understating the amount […]

John 15:26-16:4: Christian Persecution

If historians are correct, the 20th century was the bloodiest century in human history.  Of course, we understand that conclusion while the 21st century is still in its childhood.  The […]

Revelation, Lesson 12: The Two Interludes after the 6th Seal

After the Apostle John observed heavenly worship, he saw Jesus, represented as a wounded but victorious lamb, receive a double-sided scroll with seven seals.  Revelation then moved into four successive […]

John 15:26-16:4

Jesus says that whoever confesses Him before others, He will confess before His Father in heaven (Matthew 10:32).  The Apostle Peter says, “Always be ready to give an answer to […]