Church History

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Church History with Lance Ralston

19 Jerome

By his mid-30’s, Jerome was probably the greatest Christian scholar of his time. He’s one of the greatest figures in the history of Bible translation, spending three decades producing a Latin version that would be the standard for a thousand years.
Lance Ralston
January 9, 2020
Church History with Lance Ralston

16 The Daggers Come out

As the Church grew with more congregations being formed, the need for some organization became apparent. So for administrative purposes, the church-world was divided into provinces with centers at Rome in the West & in the East, four headquarters; Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem & Constantinople.
Lance Ralston
December 19, 2019
Church History with Lance Ralston

14 Keeping a Record

Luke’s account in the Books of Acts recounts a time span of about 30 yrs & roughly narrates the spread of the Faith from Jerusalem to Rome. The next narrative doesn’t come till the writings of the Christian historian Eusebius in the 4th C. What…
Lance Ralston
December 5, 2019
Church History with Lance Ralston

13 How Close

One of the things modern Christians want to know is how close their church is to the primitive church of the 1st & 2nd Cs. Congregations and entire movements claim their particular expression of the Faith is closest to the original. So, what were early…
Lance Ralston
November 28, 2019
Church History with Lance Ralston

12 The Lapsed Dance

Some Christians, under the threat of death, capitulated to the pressure, burned the required pinch of incense and spoke fealty to Caesar. They took the libelli and went about their business. Once persecution eased, these capitulators repented their weakness and applied for readmission to the…
Lance Ralston
November 23, 2019
Church History with Lance Ralston

08 Not Really An Apology

Anyone who embarks on a study of church history and starts at the beginning will soon run in to a pile of church leaders known as the Church Fathers. They’re often divided into the Ante-Nicean and Post-Nicean Fathers; meaning the church leaders who lived ante-before…
Lance Ralston
September 4, 2019
Church History with Lance Ralston

07 The Spreading Tree

Tertullian, pastor of the church of Carthage in North Africa, addressed unbelievers at the beginning of the 3rd C, saying à “We are but of yesterday, and yet we already fill your cities, islands, camps, your palace, senate and forum; we have left to you…
Lance Ralston
August 28, 2019
Church History with Lance Ralston

06 BOGO

This week's episode is titled “Buy One, Get One Free.” In the last episode we touched briefly at a heretic named Marcion. He was one of the first to introduce a false teaching that would evolve into a major challenge to the emerging Christian Faith;…
Lance Ralston
August 21, 2019
Church History with Lance Ralston

05 Writings

The history of the Christian Faith & Church inevitably has to deal with the importance of Books. From its earliest days the Faith has been intimately linked to the Scriptures. At first, Scripture was the Hebrew Bible or what is known today as the Old…
Lance Ralston
August 14, 2019
Church History with Lance Ralston

04 Martyrs

This 4th Episode is titled, “Martyrs.” Modern marketing tactics first produced, and now feed contemporary culture's obsession for “the latest thing.” The slogan & label "New & Improved" is a frequent feature in packaging. The opposite was the case in 1st Century Rome.
Lance Ralston
August 7, 2019
Church History with Lance Ralston

03 Strategic

This week’s episode is titled "Strategic." We ended the last episode with a look at the different perspectives of 1st & 2nd Generation Christians. The debate centered on what role the Jewish law held for Jesus’ followers. Culturally-immersed 1st Generation Jewish believers tended to cleave…
Lance Ralston
July 31, 2019
Church History with Lance Ralston

02 Transitions

This episode of CS is titled – “Transitions” We ended the previous episode with Jesus on the cross just outside the walls of Jerusalem late Friday afternoon. The Jewish leaders & Romans thought that was the last of the enigmatic trouble-maker from Galilee. For that…
Lance Ralston
July 24, 2019
Church History with Lance Ralston

01 It Begins

This 1st episode of CS is titled, “It Begins.” The best place to start is at the beginning. But with Church History, where is that? Where do we begin? Most MODERN Christians would probably start with Jesus. That seems pretty straight-forward. But where would the…
Lance Ralston
July 17, 2019
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