Notre Dame’s Crown of Thorns

Notre Dame’s Crown of Thorns

While the recent fire at Notre Dame is certainly sad news, the stories about Jesus’ actual crown of thorns being located there deserve at least some scrutiny. Many churches throughout history have claimed to be in possession of such “sacred relics” and very few ever...
Redeeming Christmas?

Redeeming Christmas?

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:15-17). Christians have been trying to redeem this thing called...
A Pilgrim’s Poem

A Pilgrim’s Poem

The Pilgrims came to America to escape religious persecution, not to build heaven on earth. Yes, they did order their new commonwealth according to God’s Law, but their puritan theology allowed for no utopian naiveté. Man’s inherent depravity was well known to all....
The fall of Constantinople

The fall of Constantinople

This Week in Church History On May 29, A.D. 1453, the final Christian worship service was held in one of the most beautiful churches ever built: Hagia Sophia [i.e., Church of Holy Wisdom]. This basilica was the “crown and glory” of Constantinople and, while it was a...
History of Presbyterianism

History of Presbyterianism

There are approximately 75 million presbyterians in the world; with about 30 different presbyterian denominations in North America alone. Understanding how all these different denominations came into existence can be a complicated course of study. In fact, one church...
1623 Thanksgiving Proclamation

1623 Thanksgiving Proclamation

To all ye Pilgrims: Inasmuch as the great Father has given us this year abundant harvest of Indian corn, wheat, peas, beans, squashes, and garden vegetables, and has made the forests to abound with game and the sea with fish and clams, and inasmuch as he has protected...