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20 Feb 2017

How World War I Inspired The Lord of the Rings

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...and other things you will learn from our new issue on faith in the World Wars

By Jennifer Woodruff Tait

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love The Lord of the Rings . I take every opportunity to sneak it into everything. I am a huge fan of all the Inklings and their friends and mentors, in fact, and immensely  enjoyed working on our issue...

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16 Feb 2017

God's second best gift

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Next to God's Word, his best gift is a pious, cheerful, God-fearing, home-keeping wife with whom you can live in peace and tranquility; to whom you can entrust your goods and body and life. --Martin Luther (as quoted in Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, vol. VII (1849), 461.

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Reflections by Diana Severance, director of Dunham...

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9 Feb 2017

Messy Marvelous Marriages

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Good God, what a lot of trouble there is in marriage! Adam has made a mess of our nature. Think of all the squabbles Adam and Eve must have had in the course of their nine hundred years. Eve would say, “You ate the apple,” and Adam would retort, “You gave it to me.” —Martin Luther (as quoted by Roland Bainton in "Here I Stand")

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7 Feb 2017

Who keeps Christian History in business? YOU!

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Christian History is supported by readers just like you--and we are very grateful

We're often asked here at Christian History Institute (CHI) how this magazine is supported, since we bill ourselves as a "donation-based publication." Some folks think that a foundation, or a few people with deep pockets, support our work. In fact, we are able to...

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2 Feb 2017

Insist on Gospel basics

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"For although we cannot and should not force anyone to believe, yet we should insist and urge the people that they know what is right and wrong." —Martin Luther

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"When you preach in the presence of learned and intelligent men, you may… present these parts in as varied and intricate ways… But with the young people stick to one fixed,...
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24 Jan 2017

Old evangelicals and "New Methodists"

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A review of Wesley and the Anglicans by Ryan Danker

By Jennifer Woodruff Tait, managing editor of C hristian History magazine

As someone who has spent much of my life among Methodists and a somewhat smaller portion among Anglicans (and who has prepared for the ordained ministry among both groups), it's been my experience that, while both those...

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19 Jan 2017

Lies about relics

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"What lies there are about relics! One claims to have a feather from the wing of the angel Gabriel, and the Bishop of Mainz has a flame from Moses’ burning bush. And how does it happen that eighteen apostles are buried in Germany when Christ had only twelve?"—Martin Luther

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by Jennifer Freeman, Art Researcher Christian History magazine

What...

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5 Jan 2017

What Sola Scriptura Doesn’t Mean

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“If you can show me a single instance of infant baptism in the Bible, I am defeated. Anabaptist doctrine is therefore not new, but derives from Christ.”—Balthasar Hubmaier, Anabaptist reformer

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Reflections by Ryan Klein

When I first read the quote above, it reminded me of some things I used to hear people say when I was a very young Christian....

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