The Blessing of Persecution

Though all of Jesus’ teaching in the “Sermon on the Mount,” is relevant to the twenty-first century church, I found His words regarding persecution to be especially timely. In chapter 5 of Matthew, Jesus tells His disciples, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, because theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (v. 10 […]

Christ is Homoousios With the Father

The relative peace that Christians experienced during the fourth century allowed theological issues that had previously not been a priority to come to the forefront of debate within the church. One of the primary debates of this era was how the Father and Son are related to each other. Despite their differing conclusions, patristic writers […]

Persecution Impels the Church to Grow

A lot has happened in 2000 years of church history, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the reality of persecution against followers of Christ. Persecution can come in several forms—social, intellectual, and physical[1]—but despite intense opposition (actually because of it), Christianity continues to grow now just as it did during the early church era. […]

#49 Dr. Steve Leston: The Bible In World History Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | Email | RSSDr. Steve Leston is the president of To Every Tribe and the director of the Center for Pioneer Church Planting. He is the author of the book The Bible in World History, Putting Scripture in a Global Context. […]