The Bad News is Part of the Good News
In this interview, Fleming Rutledge explores the themes of suffering and belief surrounding the Easter and Good Friday, as well as the implications of these stories for Christians in the rest of history.
The Call is Urgent
A commentary on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17. The text calls us "to confess our sins, to remind ourselves of our mortality and frailty, and to hear the call to repentance or turning around from our sinful ways."
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources
This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs.
A theory of jerks
Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude, writes Eric Schwitzgebel in this humorous article exploring the theme of jerks, being judgmental, morality, etc.
Why Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday became the day that marked the beginning of the Lenten renewal. Laura Smit explores the use of ash on Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers.
Food in Christian History
A compilation of recommended resources on the history and theology of eating. The topics include the ...
Christian History Timeline - Responses to Modernity
The editors of Christian History Institute provides a timeline of Christian history to be used as a resource to both engage and respond to the challenges of modernity confronting the contemporary church.
History of Hymns: “Some Children See Him”
Victoria Schwarz and Wilson Pruitt share the history of the hymn, “Some Children See Him,” written by Wihla Hutson (1901-2002), who tried to imagine how children view and understand Jesus.
History and Ego
In this study guide with discussion questions, Brian Pinter notes themes of history and ethical living in Exodus 3:1-15 and Psalm 105, taming the ego in Romans 12:9-21, and obedience in Matthew 16:21-28.
History Need Not Repeat Itself
This reflection by Daniel Ray on Luke 11:47-54 applies the history of Israel to the lives of modern Christians and non-Christians while encouraging them to integrate faith into their daily lives.
Paschal Sermon of St. John Chrysostom
A 4th-century sermon is still preached every Easter in Orthodox churches. This poetic sermon is heard but once a year, but many worshipers know it by heart.
Resurrection Apprehension: Lots of Ideas to Calm Those Easter Sermon Fears
Preaching on Easter every year can bring up apprehension, but Louis E. Lotz helps by giving possible sermon topics and thoughts.
Full Text Hymns on History
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History of Hymns: “Let Us With a Joyful Mind”
C. Michael Hawn discusses the history of the hymn, "Let Us With a Joyful Mind." The original text was written by John Milton (1608-1674), and was later adapted by Thomas H. Troeger (b. 1945).
History of Hymns: “O Freedom” and “Freedom Is Coming”
Michael Hawn shares the history of two hymns: “Oh Freedom,” an African-American spiritual, and “Freedom Is Coming,” born from the apartheid struggle in South Africa, inviting readers to sing these songs in solidarity with the persecuted.
God's Presence in History
In this 1981 article, Wolfhart Pannenberg says there is no direct conceptual approach to God, or from God to human reality, but God’s presence is hidden in the particulars of history.
History Is Going Somewhere, and It Rhymes
Robert Barron's homily on Isaiah 7:10-14; Matthew 1:18-24; and Romans 1:1-7 maintains that all of time and history comes to a kind of fulfillment in the Messiah. It's all about Jesus.
Learning from History?
History reveals ongoing tension between faith and science and the slow adaptation of one to the other. This article argues that such history speaks to "God’s relationship to the world and our own desire for certainty."
Letters to the editor
Here are published letters to the editor which appeared in Christian History Magazine, Issue #125 in 2018.
Why Black History is White History
In this episode of podcast "Can These Bones", Bill Lamar interviews author Daniel Black about his novel “The Coming" on the middle passage, his commitment to the black church, and why black history is white history.
Preaching Notes for Sermons During Black History Month
Gennifer Benjamin Brooks provides contextul insight for preachers seeking to honor the historical contributions of African Americans during Black History Month. Her notes are especially helpful for preachers unfamiliar with the Black experience.