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On September 16, 1620, the crew of the Mayflower weighed anchor to leave Plymouth, England. The Pilgrims gathered on board were anticipating a new homeland, better economic opportunities, and freedom to follow God’s commands without interference. The ship held thirty-seven Pilgrims, sixty-five...
The Book of Esther is an engaging piece of literature, with political intrigue, reversal of fortune, a wise counselor, irony, betrayal, heroism, and a despicable villain. If one pitched an Esther script to a movie studio, it might read: “A stunningly beautiful woman becomes queen, and when her...
Late in 1664 it was apparent the bubonic plague was making one of its unwelcome visitations of Europe by registering in London for an extended stay checking out early in 1666. It varied in the number of victims from month to month, but it survived through all four seasons. Over 80,000 people died...
Why was Jesus born the son of a carpenter, to work as a carpenter (Mt 13:55; Mk 6:3)? Some would respond that before the Son of God entered his public ministry he needed to work, and carpentry provided a living as good as any other. However, there are other occupations which look as if they would...
Roman Catholics and Protestants alike often appeal to the massive body of works penned by Augustine, Bishop of Hippo. The thinking behind the Reformation was seeded by the ad fontes principle of the Renaissance, and for theologians those sources were often the Church Fathers, particularly Augustine...
Johann Gutenberg and the Technology Johann Gutenberg is credited with having developed the movable type printing process sometime before 1450 while living in Strassbourg, but due to the limited information available about him the year is not certain. Gutenberg was born in Mainz about 1397 and,...
Johann Gutenberg and the Technology Johann Gutenberg is credited with having developed the movable type printing process sometime before 1450 while living in Strassbourg, but due to the limited information available about him the year is not certain. Gutenberg was born in Mainz about 1397 and,...
Joseph Addison was born the third son of the minister of the Pine Street Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Archibald Alexander, D.D., on April 24, 1809. His mother, Janetta Waddel Alexander, was the daughter of James Waddel who served as a minister in Virginia and was sometimes called "the blind...
Joseph Addison was born the third son of the minister of the Pine Street Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Archibald Alexander, D.D., on April 24, 1809. His mother, Janetta Waddel Alexander, was the daughter of James Waddel who served as a minister in Virginia and was sometimes called "the blind...
According to Noah Webster's An American Dictionary of the English Language , 1828, a "pew" was defined as "an enclosed seat in a church" that had been in the past "made square" (i.e. boxed in with doors for access). His dictionary goes on to add that in "modern churches in America" pews were...
According to Noah Webster's An American Dictionary of the English Language , 1828, a "pew" was defined as "an enclosed seat in a church" that had been in the past "made square" (i.e. boxed in with doors for access). His dictionary goes on to add that in "modern churches in America" pews were...
William Bridge was born about the year 1600 in Cambridgeshire, England. He entered Emmanuel College of Cambridge University, where he received his B.A. in 1623 and his M.A. in 1626. He became the rector of St. Peter's, Hungate, Norwich, where he was eventually suspended from preaching by Bishop...
William Bridge was born about the year 1600 in Cambridgeshire, England. He entered Emmanuel College of Cambridge University, where he received his B.A. in 1623 and his M.A. in 1626. He became the rector of St. Peter's, Hungate, Norwich, where he was eventually suspended from preaching by Bishop...
Augustine's Confessions is one of the great classics of Christian historical theological literature.(1) It is admired for its beauty of composition, its sophisticated literary construction, and its vivid and honest recollections of the life of its author. Some scholars would even say it began a new...
Augustine's Confessions is one of the great classics of Christian historical theological literature.(1) It is admired for its beauty of composition, its sophisticated literary construction, and its vivid and honest recollections of the life of its author. Some scholars would even say it began a new...
Editors' Note: This is the second article of a two part series by Dr. Barry Waugh. The first article can be found here . Martin Luther's Publishing in Germany When Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church on October 31, 1517, he was calling for a disputation...
Editors' Note: This is the second article of a two part series by Dr. Barry Waugh. The first article can be found here . Martin Luther's Publishing in Germany When Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church on October 31, 1517, he was calling for a disputation...
Johann Gutenberg and the Technology This article is the first of two that will consider the importance of Johann Gutenberg's movable type printing technology for the Protestant Reformation and how the new technology was employed effectively by Martin Luther in Germany. Part one will deal with the...
Johann Gutenberg and the Technology This article is the first of two that will consider the importance of Johann Gutenberg's movable type printing technology for the Protestant Reformation and how the new technology was employed effectively by Martin Luther in Germany. Part one will deal with the...
Harriet Beecher Stowe's Theological Transition, as Presented in the New England Novel, Oldtown Folks When one hears the name Harriet Beecher Stowe, the inevitable association is made with her most well-known novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin . But, in addition to Uncle Tom's Cabin, she published several...
Harriet Beecher Stowe's Theological Transition, as Presented in the New England Novel, Oldtown Folks When one hears the name Harriet Beecher Stowe, the inevitable association is made with her most well-known novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin . But, in addition to Uncle Tom's Cabin, she published several...
David B. Calhoun, Our Southern Zion: Old Columbia Seminary, 1828-1927 , Banner of Truth, 2012, 380 pages, cloth, illustrated, and index. The city of Columbia was created the capital of South Carolina by the state legislature in 1786. It was intentionally located near the geographic center of the...
and the Historical Background of the Ceremony Introduction A few weeks ago millions of people all over the world were watching the "Royal Wedding" of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. People were glued to the tube for various reasons--some to see what Catherine's gown would look like, others...