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‘Twas the Night Before Council

And other legendarium of Saint Nicholas and the Christmas season.

‘Twas the Night Before Council

And other legendarium of Saint Nicholas and the Christmas season.

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It was a cold winter’s night in Nicaea when a sudden blizzard enclosed the known world. Unprecedented as it was, bishops trudged across Christendom by hoof and foot to assemble in what was to be the first real effort to obtain a sacred consensus—the First Ecumenical Council. More than three
Stone Vessels & Jewish Purity

Ancient customs of ritual purity in Second Temple Judaism.

Stone Vessels & Jewish Purity

Ancient customs of ritual purity in Second Temple Judaism.

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First century Judaism had as a uniting symbol the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. The Temple centralized the giving of sacrifices, and the various annual celebratory festivals of Israel. Though the Temple and festivals were important, there was much more to ancient Judaism than this unifying place. Synagogues, Scripture, and teachers
Reflections on the Necessity of Baptism

Thoughts on its necessity, symbolism, and the consequences for rejecting it.

Reflections on the Necessity of Baptism

Thoughts on its necessity, symbolism, and the consequences for rejecting it.

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Is water baptism necessary for salvation? Honestly, I’ve come to loathe this question. It’s too philosophical for everyone’s own good, and it causes nothing but confusion. What do we mean by necessary? For starters, everyone agrees that God is not bound by the water used in baptism to save someone.
Satanic Nationalism and the Pitchfork in the Road

Progressive Christianity, Word of Faith, Wokeness, New Agism, Satanism, and our holy vocation toward a Christian nation.

Satanic Nationalism and the Pitchfork in the Road

Progressive Christianity, Word of Faith, Wokeness, New Agism, Satanism, and our holy vocation toward a Christian nation.

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I am sick to my stomach. The sudden unholy rise of Satanism, witchcraft, séances, psychic fairs, occult symbolism, and demonic rituals out of the depths of secular pop-culture is nothing short of disturbing. I’m sure you’ve seen it: Viral videos of SatanCon in Boston, the largest gathering of this atheistic
On the Constitution of Man

What is the difference between the soul, spirit, heart, and mind?

On the Constitution of Man

What is the difference between the soul, spirit, heart, and mind?

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Perhaps one of the most enigmatic questions of Christian history: What is the difference between the soul, spirit, heart, and mind? Together it strikes right at the core of the gospel message and great commission, the Shema Yisrael (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) and the greatest commandments given by Christ (Mark 12:29-34; Matthew