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  1. Oriental and Ethiopian Orthodox Church History

    I am very interested in Ethiopian Church, since as you shared it has roots in the Eunuch and Philip in Book of Acts.
  2. Medieval Church History

    The Crusader dedicates His sword in church, and his wife prays by His side Painting by Edmund Leighton In the Middle Ages, the Crusader would take his sword into the church to be blessed by a priest. This was a custom from 1101-1291 A.D.
  3. The Seven Ecumenical Councils

    Thanks for the links. Hmm, the problem is the Coptic Church does not affirm the divinity of Christ, while Jesus and Apostles do in the Bible (John 17:19-21, Colossians 2:9, Colossians 1:19, John 1:1-3, Titus 2:13, John 10:30, Hebrews 1:1-14, Revelation 1:8, Genesis 1:24, and beyond).
  4. Medieval Church History

    In Middle Ages Christian faith had major external appearances. In fact, outward acts of piety were a sign of devotion. This would take shape in giving alms to poor, penances such as walking on your knees on gobble stones leading to a church, crusades where a milites Christi (knight of Christ) fough infidels and protects pelegrins (pilgrims) from Saracens (Muslims). For the Clergy, the instruments, mantels, mitre, and other paraphanalia of the faith were made of gold and elaborately woven: A Crosier (scepter, staff and shepherd like cane) The Globus Crusiger (orb of rule, believed to be in Christ's hand, monarch hold it at cornation to represent that they rule in Christ's stead, "divine right of kings.") A Crown (possibly Hungarian or Transalvanian) An altar piece of St. George slaying the Dragon
  5. Early Church History

    This period of Church History becomes more relevant as the persecution of the Church spreads. I recommend if you want a very concise account of this period to read "The History of Church," Eusebius, Penguin Publishers. It not an easy read through, but it will give you the details of persecution all the way to the Battle of Milvan Bridge and Constantine the Great's Conversion.
  6. The Protestant Reformation

    In 22 Days the 500th Anniversary of Protestant Reformation will happen! Here is some information on Luther and His beliefs: "Luther was not a systematic theologian, trading in logical definitions or philosophical consistency. The systematizers who followed his wake picked out two key principles in his thought, Sole Fide and Sola Scripture: "Faith alone" and "Scripture alone." But this risks missing the point. Luther's theology was not a doctrine; it was a love affair. Consuming love for God has been part of Christian experience since the beginning, put Luther's passion had a reckless extravagance that set it apart, and which down Protestantism History. He pursued His love for God with blithe disregard for the bounds set by church and tradition. It was intense, desolating, intoxicating passion, sparked by his life-upending glimpse of God's incomprehensible , terrible, beautiful, and beautiful love for him. Like any lover, he found it incredible that his beloved should love him, unworthy as he was. And yet he discovered over the long years of prayer and study, that God loved him wildly, irresponsibly, and beyond all reason. God, in Christ, had laid down his life for him. This was not as the medieval's subtle theology had taught, a transaction, or a process by which believers to do whatever was in their power to pursue holiness. It was a sheer gift, all that mattered was accepting it. This talk of grace and free forgiveness was dangerous. If grace is free, and all we need do is believe, surely that would lead to moral anarchy? The fact that free forgiveness can look like a license to sin has plagued Protestantism for centuries. But for Luther, to even ask this question was blockheaded. What kind of lover needs rules about how to love? What kind of lover has to be bribed or threatened into loving? God loves us unreservedly. If we recognize that love, we love him unreservedly in return. Luther's breakthrough a dazzling, corrosive, simplicity to it. The power of those two principles, "faith alone," and "Scripture alone," lay in the word "alone." There is nothing and no one else other than God incarnate in Jesus Christ worth attending to. Being a Christian means throwing yourself abjectly, unreservedly, on Christ's mercy. Living the Christian life is to live Christ's Life-that is, abandoning all security and worldly ambitions to follow Him "through penalties, deaths, and hell." It is only then that we may find peace. That ravishing paradox is at heart of Protestantism." (The Protestants, Alec Ryrie, pages 20-21).
  7. The Anglican Church was born when the Pope refused to give Henry VIII an annulment to his marriage to Catherine of Aragon (his first wife) and concede to let Him marry Ann Boleyn. Henry not to be denied his desire, agreed to create a new church, one the monarchy (that is him) would be head of instead of Pontiff (Pope). Thus the English Church and Reformation was born. While the Reformation in Germany was started by Monk named Martin Luther and 95 Thesis, the English Church was born by one man's lust and 95 impatient days. Since Henry, the Anglican Church has been a middle way between Radical Protestantism and Roman Catholicism. Many Anglican Churches vary from being convervative and almost Lutheran and Evangelical to being more liberal and Catholic in liturgy.
  8. The Oriental Orthodox and Ethiopian Orthodox Churches broke away from Eastern Orthodoxy (Eastern Orthodox Church). I have opened this topic for Jude 1:3 to tell us more. Here is short snippet I found on Oriental, "The primary theological difference between the two communions is the differing Christology. Oriental Orthodoxy rejects the Chalcedonian Definition, and instead adopts the Miaphysite formula, believing that the human and divine natures of Christ are united. Historically, the early prelates of the Oriental Orthodox churches thought that the Chalcedonian Definition implied a possible repudiation of the Trinity or a concession to Nestorianism." (Wikipedia).
  9. Most of us are familiar with History of Protestantism beginning in 1517, October 31st with Martin Luther or Roman Catholic History beginning from 7th century to present. But Eastern Orthodoxy is the mysterious or mystique church around the block. When you say I met with an Orthodox priest, the tendency is to think of Orthodox Jew. The Orthodox Church has been around since Constantine the Great in 333 A.D. to present, its chief branches are The Salvonic Orthodox Churches (including Russian Orthodoxy) and the Greek Orthodox Church.
  10. The Seven Ecumenical Councils

    Could you share about Oriental Orthodox Church and Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church? I know The Oriental Orthodox Church schismed from the rest of Eastern Orthodox Church, but I know nothing more about them. Perhaps I could open a topic for you to share about these churches? You're welcome. I totally agree that Church History is badly needed today and that most churches are ignorant of rudimentary Church history. If we learn from Church History we can stop reineventing the wheel. We can take from best, and spit out bones, and not repeat mistakes, "those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it."
  11. Hello All :-)

    Welcome to worthy keep_on_smiling.
  12. Countdown to Reformation Day: 500 Year Anniversary

    22 Days until the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation!
  13. Noise Children In Church

    I am glad you brought this up, yes Children need to learn respect and to care about others; but how do they learn this in world? If we the Church do not instruct children, and just give them pictures to paint with watercolors on Sundays, while world teaches them five days a week, can we be surprised they have such disrespect having learned Humanism (the I religion of Satan, Isaiah 14:1-17), and other erroneous teachings? Sure children should learn to behave, but how can they when their mentors are malevolent forces in school curriculum and entertainment? I say that half of battle here is that children are raised by antichrist people and ideologies through their entertainment, and then on Sunday they are shelved in a 500sq feet room to color a picture of Peter or fishes. This is not discipleship. "Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone." (1 Thessalonians 5:14).
  14. Why The Apostle Paul Suffered So

    Well Jesus was attacked by Church of Day (Pharisees and Sadducees often) and by his local church, "All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this.They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff.But Jesus passed through the crowd and went on His way." (Luke 4:28-30). Worse Jesus was attacked by His extended family (half brothers and sisters, children of Joseph and Mary Matthew 1:24-25), "Then Jesus went home, and once again a crowd gathered, so that He and His disciples could not even eat, And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.” (Mark 3:21). Hence why Jesus rejects them back, "Then Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him. They stood outside and sent word for him to come out and talk with them. There was a crowd sitting around Jesus, and someone said, "Your mother and your brothers are outside asking for you." Jesus replied, "Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?" Then he looked at those around him and said, "Look, these are my mother and brothers. Anyone who does God's will is my brother and sister and mother." (Mark 3:31-35), and the Will Jesus is talking about is this, "For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day." (John 6:40). Christ was no stranger to persecution, He was persecuted by Religious Elite (Pharisees and Sadducees), His neighbors, and his own family members (children of Joseph and Mary after Jesus was born miraculous, for Jesus is God John 1:1-18, Colossians 2:9 and became flesh John 1:14, 1 John 4:1-3.
  15. Is The New Apostolic Reformation Biblical

    Question, is the Apostolic Reformation independent of Wagner and other leaders or is it under their wing (influence, and control)?