Pentecost

The Name Pentecost comes from the Greek, and simply means 50 days. It falls as the 50th day after Easter. Sometimes described at the birthday of the Church, and whilst I understand the point I also feel at times that reduces it to a party rather than embracing some of the depth that is here. The…

Advent & Apocalyptic Literature

I am writing this on Advent Sunday. The Gospel reading for this morning Mark 13:24-37. It comes from the eschatological discourse in Mark, foreshadowing the destruction of the Temple. In terms of writing in Mark’s Gospel it stands a little apart and the style in this passage is Apocalyptic and not found in Mark beyond…

Filioque (u3a)

Filioque Presentation The PDF here are the notes used for the presentation of a 3 week tutorial on the Filioque Clause, history, politics, and some theology. As the course progressed it seemed clear that there was some need to look at some of the theology more clearly, including a consideration of how authority operates within the…

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell. On the third day he rose again; he…

The Edict of Milan

The Edict of Milan did not make Christianity the religion of the Roman Empire. Constantine, having seen a vision of the Chi Rho in the sky and been successful in battle, did not immediately abandon the old Gods of Rome. Constantine was born in February 272 AD, the son of Flavius Valerius Constantius who was…