This is a question that was posed to me through a family member by someone curious about Christianity, and I immediately liked the question because it brought to my mind some oft-glossed over things in Christian circles. We are so embedded in our own culture, which heavily prioritizes the "new" over the "old," such that … Continue reading Why is Jesus called Christ?
Two things are simultaneously true about the current Catholic Church scandals: 1) Scandal is a constant part of human life, especially of large organizations; 2) The present crisis in the Catholic Church is unique and unprecedented and deserves not to have its uniqueness be muddied. Scandal is of a particularly evil quality when the … Continue reading On Authority and Scandal
Every human organization's end is very much like its beginnings. As Jeroboam stood where he should not over an altar, a "man of God" from Judah foretold how the religious portion of Jeroboam's rebellion would be resolved. Jeroboam had claimed for himself the right as king to decide authoritatively on religious matters with no association … Continue reading Jeroboam and the Man of God
All of Israel except two – Joshua and Caleb – died in the wilderness before entering the land. Perhaps the reason was that the Egyptian culture had been woven into Israel’s thinking and would need to be extirpated to maximize the success of the new nation. Although they remained a distinct entity ethnically, in Egypt … Continue reading The Tabernacle of David and Israel’s Spiritual Eras
The passion and crucifixion was the most meaningful event in human history. The basics of the event are well known in western civilization; the notion of propitiation or the sacrifice of another made on our behalf. The political events that led to the crucifixion of Jesus - the Messiah, the son of God, God incarnate … Continue reading The Crucifixion and Spiritual Purpose
The early Christian movement was a political pariah to some degree and faced waves of persecution. Brutal labor, torture, and imprisonment were constant danger for anyone bold enough to be a leader of the faith. Special dispensation in the form of monetary assistance, buildings, and land were given to pagan shrines and religious practices, not … Continue reading Constantine and Saul
Saul, David, and Solomon all reigned for 40 years each, and these are correlated to general eras of the progression of institutional Christianity and political events in Europe. While specific rulers bear characteristics of Saul, David, and Solomon, the point is not to equate individuals historically but eras which have undeniable parallels and continuity with … Continue reading Saul, David, and Solomon as Eras in the Church