Some ancient thinkers argued from Scripture that descendants of slaves deserve recompense. Reparations to Black Americans for centuries of slavery and oppression have been discussed for a long time. But ever since journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote “The Case for Reparations” in The Atlantic in 2014, the conversation has taken on a new urgency. Just this month a House committee voted to create a commission to consider reparations. However, debates over compensating a group of people for past injuries or abuses date back to at least the early centuries of the common era. As a professor of theology who…

The history of Christian celibacy is more complicated than we’d like to think. Lately, Christians have cast their minds and social media musings back to the early church on the topics of singleness and sexuality. Much of the conversation centers on past spiritual practices of celibacy and claims about what early church leaders taught about singleness. Some suggest that early church leaders enthusiastically ‘tore down’ the centrality of marriage within the church. Others argue that the way we understand the (so-called) “gift of singleness” today is a direct inheritance from apostles and the church’s earliest centuries. As a history nerd,…

A reviewer reflects on reading “The Moment of Tenderness,” a collection of short stories, and then returning to the 1963 novel she loved growing up.

Those in the early church faced two life-threatening epidemics within its first 200 years. Today, most of us sit confined in our homes, unsure of how widespread the COVID-19 virus is in our community, our country, or the world. I frequently open the app counting the global statistics and try to understand what life is like in places where the virus is creating unimaginable havoc. Some have sarcastically dismissed the virus as being a political foil. Now such silliness is sobered by reality. Others try to spiritualize this pandemic, as if it is God’s punishment for our erring ways. Today’s…

A bumper crop of titles encourages the use of native species, shares practical tips, and offers guidance and inspiration.

Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini announced he would no longer support Premier Giuseppe Conte’s government, pushing Italy closer to an early election.

Our guest author is Dr. Gerry Breshears, a professor of theology at Western Seminary and a Faithlife Mobile Ed instructor. I was raised in a great Christian family going to church. But when I asked some basic questions like, “Why do you think Jesus was God?” I was told in effect, “Nice Christian boys don’t ask questions like that.” As I sank deep into the despair of Ayn Randian selfishness, an intelligent Christian friend challenged me to look firsthand at Jesus. So I read the Gospels personally, something I had never done before. Jesus who had been a moral illustration…

As we seek to understand what the Bible teaches about Hell, it may be helpful to understand what the earliest believers believed and taught.