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A Brief History of Easter

Posted by Adam Murrell on

Properly known as the Quartodeciman controversy (quartodeciman referring to the 14th day of the month)—or sometimes called the Passover-Easter controversy—the dispute, sometimes heated, centered on the proper day to celebrate Easter. When exactly were Christians to commemorate the resurrection of Christ Jesus? Though we have every reason to believe the early church celebrated Easter from the apostolic age onward, the first explicit account of the celebration is recorded in the account of Polycarp’s (bishop of Smyrna) visit to Anicetus, bishop of Rome, around the year AD 155 to discuss the practice of Easter in the Eastern churches. At that time, the...

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Introducing 'The Daily Schpiel'

Posted by Adam Murrell on

If you like the Christian news satire site the 'Babylon Bee', you will be sure to enjoy a new political satire site called 'The Daily Schpiel'. So much of political satire is written from a perspective hostile to a conservative or evangelical worldview or principles. 'The Daily Schpiel' wants to change that and seeks to report news, "faux and balanced", but from an alternative point of view. Be sure to check out The Daily Schpiel if you want to read satire on everything from politics and business to celebrities and entertainment.

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Billy Graham: A Man of Integrity

Posted by Stanford Murrell on

On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Billy Graham stepped from time into eternity. His body will be buried beside that of his beloved wife, Ruth, to await the resurrection from the dead which Jesus has promised to all who believe in Him. But Billy’s soul went to heaven to be with the Lord that saved him from his sins, and whom he loved, and served all the days of his life. By any measure of an individual, Billy Graham was a great man. Billy was great in faith. Billy was converted to Christ during a revival service conducted by Evangelist Mordecai...

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R. C. Sproul: The Death of A Saint

Posted by Stanford Murrell on

He was born on February 13, 1939. He died on December 14, 2017. He was 78 years old. Between the day of his birth, and the day of his death, Robert Charles Sproul lived a remarkable life. He was a scholar, an educator, a prolific and gifted writer, a television personality, pastor, conference speaker, faithful husband, loving father, and a loyal friend. Most of all he was a kind and gracious Christian gentleman. My first encounter with Dr. Sproul came around 1985 when I was invited to watch, in a private home, one of his video productions. Over the years,...

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7 Important Truths to Remember on the 500-Year Reformation Anniversary

Posted by Adam Murrell on

500 years ago, a young German monk embarked on a spiritual journey that would ultimately culminate in the shattering of the authority of the Roman Catholic Church. Today, evangelicals celebrate the stance Martin Luther took against the organized church of his day and appreciate a return to gospel simplicity. But the Reformation was not, and is not, about a single person in history. Here, then, are 7 important truths we should remember when celebrating the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. 1. Church history did not start 500 years ago. Evangelicals are good at naming Protestant Reformers of the sixteenth...

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