THE NICENE CREED
Council of Nicaea held in 325 AD became a watershed moment
for the Christian Church when it formulated one of the most
popular and recognizable creeds in Christian History.
In 318 AD a bitter dispute broke between
Alexander, bishop of Alexandria and one of his senior priests
Arius over the divinity of Christ.
Writing for Christian History and Biography,
Colin Hansen describes Arius as “…an expert logician
and master of extracting biblical proof texts that seemingly
illustrated differences between Jesus and God…”
Bishop Alexanderas, on the other hand,
held to the Son being both co-substantial and co- eternal
with the Father.
TONY TOWNSEND explores the origins of the Nicene Creed... |
simply as farmers and woodworkers, the Amish life revolves
around church, family and the community which they live. At
home, the Amish communicate in a version of German known as
'Pennsylvania German'. They are people known for their quality
of quilts and for their farming efficiency.
Worth noting is the practice by some Amish
called “rumspringa” (running around). The term
is used to describe a rite of passage which occurs when Amish
children turn 16 and are given the option of experiencing
the lifestyle of the outside world with the idea that they
can make an informed choice to eventually be baptized and
join the church of their own free will. It's been suggested
that only around 10 per cent choose not to join the church
but live the rest of their lives in society at large.
TONY TOWNSEND writes of the origins and practices
of the Amish... |
Moravian Movement became the first protestant movement to
take the Great Commission seriously. In 1732, Moravians Leonard
Dober and David Nitschmann landed on the West Indian
island of St. Thomas to make known the Gospel.
The late Colin Grant, former chairman of the Evangelical
Missionary Alliance, writes that “over the next twenty
years missionaries were dispatched to Greenland, North American
Indian Territories, Surinam, South Africa, and the Samoyedic
peoples of the Arctic, Algiers, Sri Lanka, China, Persia,
Abyssinia and Labrador. In the first 150 years the Moravians
sent out no less than 2,158 of its members overseas."
TONY TOWNSEND writes about a missionary church that
took the Word of God across the world... |
2004 marking the centenary of the Welsh Revival, TONY TOWNSEND
gives an overview of the movement that changed a nation...
TOWNSEND takes a look at the early Christian movement of Montanism...
TONY TOWNSEND writes of the origins of the reformists
known as the Anabaptists... |
TONY TOWNSEND takes a look at the origins of the controversial
TONY TOWNSEND examines the first Great
Awakening and its lessons for us today...