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Summary: Below is an excerpt from Dr. Michael J. Kruger's class on the Self-Authenticating Model and the canon. In this class, he addresses the question, “How do we authenticate the canon in such a way that we don’t undermine its authority?” Dr. Kruger takes you through the Community Determined Model and the Historically Determined Model and the fundamental problems in each of those models. He then presents the Self-Authenticating Model and discusses why this model is the only one to authenticate the canon because it uses the canon to do so and not outside sources which would undermine its authority.
Summary: In the beginning, Christians actively met in homes, later in cemeteries and then in basic structures. When Constantine converted to Christianity, the imperial influences became pervasive in Christianity. The pomp and circumstance usually reserved for the imperial court became common. As a result, congregations themselves had less active roles in worship.
Summary: This is an excerpt from the online Bible study, Basics of Spiritual Growth, by Dr. Stephen Martyn. In this online Bible study, Dr. Martyn discusses The Lord's Prayer, particular the last part of Matthew 6:13, "but deliver us from the evil one." Satan is described as a lion on the prowl seeking to catch us in his jaws. What recourse do you have to withstand this great enemy?
Summary: This is an excerpt from a Q&A session at the end of a recording session of The Spiritual Life of the Minister, which will be released soon. The discussion revolves around how to deter those of us in ministry from building our own personal kingdom rather than God's Kingdom.