It is clear from the book of Romans that women were not background characters in the leading and establishing of the church; they were equals. They preached, shepherded, evangelized, and suffered in every way alongside the men. And we must begin to reconcile what we believe about the role of women in the church today with the work that women were actually doing in the early church.
The Peace-makers: War, violence, and the response of the Church Fathers. Part 2 The inconvenient fact for Western Christians is that, for Tertullian and the church fathers of the first 3 centuries … “a Christian could not serve in the military because the Christian cannot bear the sword … Jesus is the full expression of God, and he has revealed God to be non-violent, choosing to go to the cross rather than to wield the sword … And if the church’s answer to evil is war, bloodshed, and violence, then our king is not unique, and our kingdom is just as “of this world” as any other.”
Euangelion. It is a simple word that means “good news”. It was, from the mouths of Jesus and his band of disciples, a message of hope. That God, through Jesus, is fixing everything that is broken and setting all things to rights again. Not through the power of earthly might, but by the cross. In […]