William Faulkner famously wrote, “The past is never dead. In fact, it’s not even past.”
Nowhere is this more true than in the history of the church.
Why church history is important
The study of church history involves conversation with our brothers and sisters across time: how they read Scripture, how they wrestled with doctrine, how they worshiped, prayed, and practiced Christian formation. What were their challenges? What were their struggles and doubts?
Studying church history is important because studying the past helps us discern how God is guiding the church in the present. Often, our hopes are their hopes; our doubts are their doubts; our struggles are their struggles.
The church spans time and culture more, perhaps, than any other institution. Learning its history is vitally important. Continue Reading…