A Brief Introduction to the Life of Calvin (Part 2)

John Calvin’s life never went as he expected. When he went to school in Paris and Orleans, he believed he would study to enter the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church. But as would be the formula of Calvin’s life, God had other plans. During his education, Calvin came into contact with the Lord ofContinue reading “A Brief Introduction to the Life of Calvin (Part 2)”

Did Justin Martyr Teach Transubstantiation in Apology 1.66?

Church Father Friday is the ongoing curation of Patristic texts. These short selections from church history remind us of where we’ve been, and what God has done throughout history for the Church. I pray these excerpts are a blessing to you.   Justin Martyr is often quoted in favor of Transubstantiation being the position ofContinue reading “Did Justin Martyr Teach Transubstantiation in Apology 1.66?”

John Chrysostom on Sexual Immorality

Pleasure is the god of the lost.  Whatever form it takes, sex, drugs, leisure, finance, childolatry, or controlling salvation through works, pleasure remains the goal.  It’s easy to forget that the issues we deal with today are the same issues the early church waded through.  Sexual immorality isn’t an invention of modernism, it’s been anContinue reading “John Chrysostom on Sexual Immorality”

The First Use of Trinitarian Language in Church History

The Church’s understanding of the Trinity is founded on Scripture and calcified through overcoming heretical controversies. Every orthodox Father following the Apostles used language that affirmed the Trinity in various contexts. But when was the protean use of distinct Trinitarian language in Church history? Often, Tertullian is thought to be the origin of Trinitarian labels because he used “Trinitas” to explain the Godhead. However, while Trinitas is the root of the word “Trinity”, and even though Tertullian was the first Latin speaking theologian to use it, he wasn’t first overall. The first use of Trinitarian language in Church history comes from a surprising source, Theophilus of Antioch.