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Studying archaeology can help us return to the world of the Bible. Read this short article from author and archaeologist David Chapman to find out how. TANGIBLE REALITES One of the benefits to reading the Bible is to understand the culture behind the text. For example, when I am reading…

BONHOEFFER Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45) was a German theologian and pastor who spoke out against the Nazi regime during World War II. His resistance against Hitler’s regime culminated with him being hung in a concentration camp at Flossenbürg. Today, Bonhoeffer’s works are loved by many. His writing, despite time, is still youthful,…

Not too many people loved reading Hamlet or Wuthering Heights in high school. Why? The language was confusing! Older literature takes time to understand due to cultural nuances, idioms, and unfamiliar vocabulary. This can be a huge deterrent for reading the works of ancient Christians. Reading translations of Augustine’s or…

ABOUT H.A. IRONSIDE Henry Allen “Harry” Ironside was a Canadian-American Bible teacher, preacher, theologian, pastor, and author who pastored Moody Church in Chicago from 1929 to 1948. He also belong to the Plymouth Brethren, But Ironside didn’t wait until he was a pastor to preach. When he was 11 years…

SOLI DEO GLORIA Sola scriptura. Sola Fide. Sola Gratia. Solus Christus. Each of these on their own is a strong rallying cry and doctrine worth defending. Yet, each becomes stronger when joined with the final sola, soli deo gloria. Glory to God alone. This is the glue that holds…

Why This Post? Today is October 30—the day before the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Many Protestants are celebrating this day, all around the world! Although Olive Tree provides resources to a wide-variety of denominations, we thought this would be a great opportunity to talk a bit about history…

NAME: Menno Simmons BIRTH: 1496, date unknown DEATH: January 31, 1561 HOMETOWN: Witmarsum, Friesland, modern-day Netherlands VOCATION: Catholic priest, Anabaptist pastor and author FAMILY: Wife Gertrude, two daughters and one son BIO: Menno Simons was born in a small village in Friesland, which is a northern province in the…

“… for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12 CHRIST ALONE Of the five solas, solus Christus is the most important. This sola unifies all the others. Without the person and work of Jesus Christ we have…

Did you know that John Calvin made a point to write very little about himself—which is one reason why we don’t know much about his personal life? He isn’t the only one. The reformers didn’t write too many captivating memoirs, despite their brave and dangerous lives. Why didn’t the reformers…

NAME: Thomas Cranmer BIRTH: July 2, 1489 DEATH: March 21, 1556, age 66 HOMETOWN: Aslockton, Nottinghamshire, England, 131 miles northwest of London VOCATION: University Fellow, Ambassador, Archbishop of Canterbury FAMILY: Wife Joan, died in childbirth, second wife Margarete, 2 children Margaret and Thomas BIO: Thomas Cranmer was born to parents…

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