When did Christians start meeting on a Sunday?

When did Christians start meeting on a Sunday? Many assume that it’s a tradition that arose centuries after the apostles. And yet evidence survives within the Bible itself that churches began meeting on the first day of the week soon after the resurrection of Jesus on the first day of the week. For instance, in … Continue reading When did Christians start meeting on a Sunday?

A prayer for the church

Psalm 122:6-9 I pray this with the understanding that the bride of Christ is the new Jerusalem Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels. ” For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace … Continue reading A prayer for the church

Christian Art: visions of Ezekiel

Ezekiel was a prophet who lived in Babylonia at the time of the destruction of the First Temple. Among his more famous prophecies, which were compiled in the Book of Ezekiel, are his visions of the Divine Chariot, the Valley of the Dry Bones, and the Third Temple. Following is art by various artist inspired … Continue reading Christian Art: visions of Ezekiel

The art of Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, visionary, herbalist and overall polymath, who ruled her own monastery of Rupertsberg, high on a hill in rural Germany. Hildegard's most significant works were her three volumes of visionary theology: Scivias ("Know the Ways"), Liber Vitae Meritorum ("Book of the Rewards … Continue reading The art of Hildegard of Bingen

A prayer for the sick

Psalm 41 Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble. The Lord protects and preserves them— they are counted among the blessed in the land— he does not give them over to the desire of their foes. The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores … Continue reading A prayer for the sick

Christian art: the sun and the moon

The synoptic gospels tell us that, at the moment Christ died, darkness swept over the land for three hours (Mark 15:33, Matthew 27:45, Luke 23:44-45). In manuscripts and painted works of art that depicted this event, color was frequently exploited to illustrate darkness and to create a dramatic setting. The celestial bodies of the sun … Continue reading Christian art: the sun and the moon