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How the monasteries preserved and advanced education and culture in the middle ages:

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | December 5, 2013

Advent – How to Prepare for Christmas Meaningfully

Angie Mosteller wrote a great book about Christmas – details, history, traditions – that is really fascinating. She explains here about the tradition of recognizing Advent, the weeks leading up to Christmas.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | December 1, 2013

Squanto and God's Purposes

There's more to Squanto's story than most people know. Teaching the Pilgrims what they needed to survive in the new world is just the end of an amazing story. It's an illustration of God working through sinful circumstances to bring His good purpose into action, similar to Joseph's in the Bible. What happened before Squanto met the Pilgrims is dramatic. Watch Eric Metaxes tell the account here. COMMENTS

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | November 28, 2013

All of Life Is God's

Contrary to stereotypes, the Puritans were engaged in life on this earth because of their thoroughly integrated Christian worldview that "all of life is God's."

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | November 21, 2013

The Early Power of the Press

William Brewster was one of the leading separatists who protested religious intolerance in England.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | November 14, 2013

Pilgrim Governor

William Bradford was the long-serving governor of the Plymouth Colony. He arrived in the new world in 1621. Bradford helped author the Mayflower Compact, which set out the civil laws the settlers agreed to live by. The Compact provided for fair treatment for all with the common good in view. This is the general view of government that the Founding Fathers had in mind as they drew up the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. These ideas were fundamental in the very beginning of our country with the Pilgrims.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | November 7, 2013

Unwitting Revolutionary

Martin Luther was a Roman Catholic monk who taught in Wittenburg, Germany in the early 16th century. For years, the guilt of his sin overwhelmed him, and the means the church provided for penance didn't relieve him of his guilt. Reading the library Bible one day (Bibles weren't widely available at the time), he came across Romans 1:16-17 and he understood the Gospel as he never had before. "The just shall live by faith." Reconciliation with God was by grace alone through faith alone. 

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | October 31, 2013

The Saint of the British Empire

Dr. David Livingstone was a celebrity in his day. The reporter who set out through Africa to find him after a two-year silence prepared his famous line for when they finally met: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" He found him working and serving the people of Africa that Livingstone dedicated his life to.

Blog Post | Christianity & Culture | Melinda Penner | October 17, 2013

A Review of O'Reilly's Killing Jesus

Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard has both positive and negative aspects. In the end, I do recommend reading it. But don’t give it to non-Christians expecting it to be a dramatic replacement for reading the Gospels themselves. The authors tell an engaging history of Jesus’ life, but they falter seriously on some important parts of that history, which displays their bias.

Blog Post | Apologetics | Melinda Penner | October 15, 2013

No Webcast Today

We've got a technical problem today, so no live broadcast this afternoon.  Sorry!  Back next Tuesday.

Blog Post | Miscellaneous | Melinda Penner | September 24, 2013