I am going to change things a little on this blog
I have thought long and hard about writing blog posts. I understand that I have been inconsistent with my postings and am attempting to be more consistent. But in order to write weekly it will probably end up a bit shorter of a post. As I am writing I strive to write a minimum of one thousand words (which is not really that much). This many words does require quite a bit of research and note taking. I am not against researching (in fact I enjoy it) but often I lack time to do it sufficiently. I think that when doing the research I want to get the correct information and would not want the posts to be inadequate. Therefore to deal with this problem I have decided that many of these new posts will be shorter in length.
I am going to call these new posts “3 Bullet Thursday”
As I think about the topic of Church History and the people who are interested in studying it I imagine those people do not necessarily want to read thousands of words about a person or a topic or an event. So in order to adapt to this audience I want to make things a little more palatable and easier to remember.
There are thousands of facts and pieces of information about people, places, and events in the annuls of history. To be honest there is just too much for most people to even want to attempt to learn. So I am going to give 3 bullets to summarize the important or significant topics of that day.
It seems to me that one would need a bit of a background (dates a person lived, geographic area they ministered in, short biography) in order to better understand the person. For instance, I were writing on C.S. Lewis and posted he wrote: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters, and Mere Christianity without informing you he was a teacher of literature in England in the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s then the information would be almost useless. So I will include in the 3 Bullet Thursdays a brief biography to set the stage for the person or event.
I would also like to iterate that I am well of the woeful inadequacy of summing up significant people or events in 3 bullet points. But I am convinced it will be beneficial to readers if I sum up theologian’s accomplishments in 3 short phrases. I know ‘real’ church historians will not approve of this ‘boiling down’ of the significant issues but OH WELL it is going to be the way I will approach it.
I Wonder Who Is First (although this would be a great place to say Who’s On First but I will restrain myself)
I guess the first and most important person should be Jesus of Nazareth.
OK here we go:
Jesus was born in Israel around 3 B.C. He lived as fully sinless life in order to fulfill the requirement God had for the remission of sin. He died around AD 30 of crucifixion by the Romans and his followers claimed to see him resurrected 3 days after his death.
He was the anointed one of Israel sent by God to deliver humankind from their sins.
The only way to please God and be accepted by him and go to heaven when you die is to believe that Jesus died for your sins and you need to do nothing to receive forgiveness other than believe through faith in Jesus’ sacrifice.
He promised to return to gather his people some day and those who accepted his sacrifice for their sins would spend eternity with him.
What information do you think I should have included in this 3 bullet Thursday about Jesus of Nazareth???
Please leave me a comment, I would love to discuss issues with you.
Soli Deo Gloria