The city of Ephesus, where Timothy lived and ministered, boasted a freshwater delivery and sewage removal system complete with aqueducts and terra cotta pipes for distribution and disposal at sea.
On the last night of Jesus' life on earth, He established a principle that has endured in the life of the Church from the first century to the present day—the world that persecuted Him would likewise persecute His followers (John 15:20). And so it has been; from that day until this, men and women of faith have suffered and given their lives for the cause of Jesus Christ. It is our history as a church, a history wrought with controversy, conflict, and persecution. But it is also a history of triumph, faith, and community. Ours is a 2,000-year-old history, rich in tradition and doctrine and filled with intriguing characters—saints and sinners—who've written the story that is the Church.
To study the story of Christ's Church is to trace the finger of God across the timeline of human history.
Too many churches have forfeited their charm and become places of shame, not grace. Let’s put an end to that!
Hopefully we leave the event with a renewed sense of wonder, overwhelmed by the magnificence of what unfolded in Bethlehem long ago. Imagine…
What do I do when the Bible offends me? Here are a few tips that may be helpful.
The reality is, true biblical faith is based on knowledge of God and His Word. You can't believe in the promises of God if you don't know what they are or trust a God whom you know little about.
Slice it any way you wish; ignorance is not bliss. Dress it in whatever garb you please; ignorance is not attractive. Neither is it the mark of humility nor the path to spirituality. It certainly is not the companion of wisdom.