Can answer questions about: Christianity, church history, developmental theology, historical theology, papacy, celibacy, early gnosticism, baptism,eucharist,pacifism,care for the poor,Jesus and wealth,original sin,heaven and hell, atonement - sacrifice of Christ,the gospel of Christ,nature of God,Holy Spirit,deity of Christ,prayer, developing a relationship with God,messianic prophecy,biblical sexuality,forgiveness,grace
I have taught Bible and Christianity since 1972, have been involved in social work and counselor training for over 30 years. I have also authored a number of titles on early Christianity and baptismal practice.
Founder of http://www.theologycafecentral.com assisting Christians to establish meetings in their community where anyone can discuss questions of faith and spirituality.
I have published the following books: Radical Christianity: Peace and Justice in the New Testament,Loss and Grief Counseling Skills, Ancient and Medieval Baptismal Fonts,Christian Terrorism,Absurdities of Atheism,Counseling Manual for People Seeking Help, The Lost Mystery of Baptism, Personal Recovery Journal,Effective Counseling Skills,Easy Guide To Counseling Skills,Personal Counseling Journal
I am a graduate of David Lipscomb University (BA, Biblical Literature and European History), the University of Kentucky (MA, European History), and Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville (MSW, Clinical Social Work).
There is much lost knowledge in areas of church hstory, such as changes in baptismal practice.
Immersion was the common mode of baptism until the 13th century. Pacifism was pervasive in the church until Constantine in the 4th century. Care for the poor was central to the teaching of Jesus and the early church. Interest on loans and taking profit were considered immoral until the time of John Calvin.
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All Israel was required to be baptized because it was the counsel of God as stated here in Luke 7:29-30 All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus’ words, acknowledged that God’s way
This occurred after World War II and gained impetus after that period. James D. Bales had been a pacifist who became a nonpacifist during the anti-communist days of Harding University under George Benson
Daniel Keeran, MSW, Victoria, BC, Canada In Christianity the sacrifice of Christ gives forgiveness of sins instead of punishment required by the Law of Moses. The sacrifice of animals offered temporary
Yes the early church writers consistently believed that baptism is for the forgiveness of sins as stated in scripture at Acts 2:38 and 22:16. 135 AD, Barnabas, Chap.XI - “Blessed are they who, placing
The church of Christ is in fact the synagogue of the Messiah. Baptism into Christ is purification from sin (see mikvah) and into the Messiah. The Lord's Supper is a fulfillment of the Passover feast. Each
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