Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Slavery

Here is a study of some forms of slavery and their rationale in ancient times. This study does not examine ancient Greek or Roman slavery, for which we also have abundant literature, nor the slavery occurring among the Israelites. Israelite slavery was probably adopted, in part, from the surrounding cultural milieu in which they interacted. This topic of Israelite slavery could be studied more thoroughly, … Continue reading Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Slavery

Do Facts Care about Your Feelings? — Southern Equip

“Facts don’t care about your feelings.” So says the pinned tweet on bestselling author and popular conservative podcast host Ben Shapiro’s Twitter account. Is it a fact that facts don’t care about our feelings? What are our other options? Friedrich Schleiermacher had an answer that Shapiro (and orthodox Christians) wouldn’t appreciate. The father of liberal… Do Facts Care about Your Feelings? — Southern Equip Continue reading Do Facts Care about Your Feelings? — Southern Equip

The Letter to the Church of Laodicea is Probably Our “Ephesians”

“To the Ephesians” (Eph. 1.1), in preserved biblical texts, is most likely a later addition inserted into Paul’s letter. It can be said with certainty that copies of this letter found its way to Ephesus since Paul meant it as a circular letter (see Col. 4.16). Simon Peter, in his last correspondence to the churches, was aware of Paul’s letters and endorsed them as scripture … Continue reading The Letter to the Church of Laodicea is Probably Our “Ephesians”

The Ignored Witness of Benevolence

The Gospel Sent Abroad The Holy Spirit, presumably speaking through the Christian prophets ministering in Antioch, indicated the intent to further the message of Christ in Cyprus and Asia Minor. God commissioned Paul and Barnabas to preach the Gospel, first, to the Jews in the synagogues, and then to everyone else. They were sent by the church, which meant that the church financially supplied them … Continue reading The Ignored Witness of Benevolence

Where is the Kingdom of God Presently?

The Kingdom in Heaven The Kingdom of God is now both in heaven and on earth. However, they are in different guises. Christians are citizens of the New Jerusalem (Gal. 4.26, Phil. 3.20) and are now ambassadors on earth (2Cor. 5.20). Clearly, an ambassador is an alien in the country where they serve; they represent a foreign entity. This is what Abraham was as he … Continue reading Where is the Kingdom of God Presently?