Everyone seems to be doing a Top 10 at the moment. Given that most folks who read this have probably seen multiple ‘Top 10 Books of the Year’, I thought I’d highlight some of the most read posts from this past year on the Early Church Blog, leaving out my book reviews.
If, like me, your Christmas plans have very recently been changed and you suddenly find yourself with more time on your hands, maybe this list will give you something to read.
Without further ado, the Top Ten most read posts from the first full year of The Early Church Blog.
10. Cyprian of Carthage: Transformed by the Gospel.
A brief biography on this third century Christian martyr. An ancient testament to the transformative power of the Gospel.
9. Continuing and Creating: Church community in Covid-19.
An encouragement from the Early Church to keep on ‘one anothering’ each other, even in the difficulties of the present crisis.
8. Church in lockdown: weary and burdened? A second century prayer of intercession.
Feeling the strain of this cycle of lockdowns and the effects on our church family? This second century prayer encourages us to take our burdens to Christ.
7. The Ruler of the Kings of the Earth.
A title given to Jesus by John in Revelation 1:5, this post examines how we hope in a ruler far greater than any power in this world.
6. Was the Early Church Catholic?
A post from last year, that was slightly updated this year. Asking a big question of the first few centuries of Church History. (I hope to revise this again next year – it’s an important question.)
In at number five, this post explores an Early Christian response to an issue that was just as live a problem in the first few centuries AD as it is today.
4. Ten Reasons to Read About Church History.
Why bother with reading and exploring Church History? In at number four, this post answers exactly that question.
3. Be Careful what you sing… Arian music and the battle for the masses.
This recent post shoots up to number three. The fourth century heretic Arius used music to spread his teachings in ancient Alexandria. It’s a powerful medium, and Dick Lucas encourages us to use it wisely.
2. James and the ‘Crown of Life’: the crown in the ancient world.
This post explores James’ phrase ‘the crown of life.’ What did this mean to the first readers of his letter? How can understanding their concept of the phrase help us read this verse better?
1. A Response to the Francis Chan soundbite: The Lord’s Supper in the Early Church.
Top of the list this year: Early Church history may not always seem the most relevant to the viral news and trending topics of the twenty-first century, but this post considered some remarkable inaccurate claims made by the controversial evangelist Francis Chan, and sought to set the record straight somewhat.
Thanks to all who read and engaged with The Early Church Blog this year!