Throwback Thursday: Book Review – The Church History by Eusebius

This, like with the writings of Josephus, is not light reading. It’s also not dull, or difficult to read, but in many ways is a page turner. The Church History was written in the fourth century, and details the the first few centuries of the church after Christ was ressurected.

Way back in July of 2019 I wrote this book review, I hope it will be a blessing today for any who missed it!

Hello again, beloved, I hope this post finds you all doing well! I have another historical book to review today, The Church History by Eusebius, as I mentioned last week. This, like with the writings of Josephus, is not light reading. It’s also not dull, or difficult to read, but in many ways is a page turner. The Church History was written in the fourth century, and details the the first few centuries of the church after Christ was ressurected. There are portions of the book that will fill the believer with great rejoicing, however the majority of the book is much like reading Foxe’s Book of Martyres. The fruitfal, yet dangerous, decades for the generations of Christians after the disciples were gone home, passed with persecution unlike that of today. The book does not center around persectuion, although Eusebius takes time to carefully name those who faced it manfully, he also addresses many other needful topics. He talks about heretics, church order, and leaders in different areas throughout the centuries up until his time. It is also true that Eusebius is the best source of information on the Counsel of Nicea, as he was there himself.

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The author, Eusebius of Caesarea, or Pamphili as he was also known by, lived from 263 AD to 339 AD, and was born in southern Israel. Recall, dear ones, that the Counsel of Nicea happened in 325, in response to Arius the Alexandian priest we discussed here. Eusebius’ life was spent in the heated discussion of Arius’ herecy, the Nicean rulings, and the time of Athanasius against the world. While he is certainly not an unbias examiner of the Counsel of Nicea, his extant works are the most detailed. He sided with those who  believed the wording chosen by Athanasius’ side was too ambiguous, while all except two members of the councel sided against Athanasius and for Arius. I actually find that this middle ground makes Eusebius not only the most detailed, but the most likely to accurately depect both sides of the debate. However, in the end, the declerations of the counsel would falter, Arianism would grow in popularity, and the church would swing back and forth between heresy and truth for several decades. Those decades would ibclude the remainder of Eusebius’ life. This explains why he felt it so important to write down the history of what the church had done, believed, taught, and accomplshed up until his time.

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Eusebius is careful to quote from many other writers throughout his ten book collection on church history. Unfortunately, many of the texts he quotes from are no longer extant, leaving The Church History with a glimpse at what a wealth of doctrine and truth the early church actually had. In these books, which is collected together to make one large book, you will read of men and women who were saved from paganism, who stood fast against persecution and heresy. You’ll also read of the leaders who fell, of those who bowed their knee to Ceaser, and of those who rose up in hatred against the Church. You’ll read varies bits of what life was like in the early church, what truths they stood on, how they conducted themselves, and even the inner debate Eusebius had over the book of Revelation. I recommend this book for all believers, especially those learned, or teaching, church history. You can find it in it’s kindle version here, pdf here, free audio version here, and paperback here. The Church History by Eusebius is in the public domain, so it can be downloaded and printed, which I recommend if you’ve got the ink. As always beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Favorite Stories with Church History Matters Podcast

Hello again, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well! It’s Monday, and that means I (finally) have a new podcast episode dropped and ready for you. Last week was more difficult than I expected it to be, honestly. I thought once I was over the worst of the virus I would get back to going none stop. Unfortunately, COVID is like the gift that keeps giving. As I sit here typing this, I still have yet to recover my sense of smell. I don’t even know how that’s possible, I still have some sniffles but not nearly severe enough to prohibit smell. This virus is so bizarre. The most difficult thing for me, at this point, is the fatigue that comes back suddenly. One minute I’ll be feeling fine and dandy, then BOOM time for a nap. I don’t have time for naps, but my smell-less immune system doesn’t care. Hopefully this week will be an improvement, as far as writing and podcasting goes. For sure, I have today’s episode and it is one that I’m really excited about!

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I had the privilege of being joined by two brothers-in-Christ and fellow podcasters, Joseph Knowels and Rueben Rosalez from the Church History Matter’s podcast! It was the first recording I did after getting sick, so I was still a little foggy headed. They were very gracious, and patient, so this should be a fun, educational, and encouraging episode minus the overly excited host. Sorry! I had no idea how much I missed podcasting until I was forced to take a break from it. Joseph, Rueben, and I sat down to discuss the importance of Church History, their testimonies, why they decided to podcast about this topic, what their favorite stories are, and even Eschatology. I had a blast talking to them, and I learned a lot that I didn’t know! I hope you will too, don’t forget if you’re watching on YouTube to stick around for the blooper’s reel at the end. It’s my favorite part of the editing process. Below I’ve included a timestamped outline of the episode, as well as some links to find the Church History Matter’s podcast. You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as PodbeaniTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayiHeart RadioStitcher, and in video form on Youtube. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.


03:00 – Joseph Knowles shares his testimony 

04:40 – Rueben Rosalez shares his testimony

12:00 – Why this topic and name for a podcast?

15:58 – Dr. Nathan Busenitz: https://tms.edu/blog/faculty/nathan-busenitz/

19:00 – What is your favorite story from church history?

42:45 – What do y’all think about whether or not Josephus was a believer?

47:30 – When do y’all think Revelation was written?

48:20 – Do you eat pineapple’s on your pizza?

50:40 – What’s coming up on your podcast?

51:30 – How can we be praying for you?

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Favorite Stories with Church History Matters

Tulips & Honey: Episode 112 – Growing in the Craft of Christian Writing and Handling Criticism with Dave Jenkins Tulips and Honey Hub

On today’s episode of Tulips and Honey Lauren and Dave discuss handling criticism in your writing and podcast journey, building credibility as a writer and author, the local church and accountability for writers and authors, and the process of writing a helpful review. Topics You’ll Hear About on This Episode: · Handling criticism as a writer or podcaster. · The importance of building an audience before you publish. · Dealing with rejection as a writer. · Writing in a truthful and graceful way. · The importance of humility in working with an editor. · Building credibility as a writer and author. · The local church and having accountability as a writer and podcaster. · How to receive encouragement as a writer and podcaster and give thanks to the Lord. · The process of writing a very helpful review. Subscribing, sharing, and your feedback You can subscribe to Tulips and Honey via iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, or YouTube. If you like what you’ve heard, please consider leaving a rating and sharing it with your friends (it takes only takes a second and will go a long way to helping other people find the show). You can also connect with me on Twitter at @LaurenHereford, on Facebook, on Instagram, or via email to share your feedback. For more information about Dave you can check out his website here: https://servantsofgrace.org You can find Dave’s book The Word Explored: https://www.amazon.com/Word-Explored-… Subscribe to Dave’s podcast Servants of Grace here: https://servantsofgrace.org/subscribe… Links to find Dave on Social Media: Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaveJJenkins https://twitter.com/Servantsofgrace Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DaveJJenkins https://www.facebook.com/Servantsofgrace Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/servantsofg… https://www.instagram.com/davejjenkins/ MeWe: https://mewe.com/i/davejenkins18 Thanks for listening to this episode of Tulips and Honey.   p.s. And a HUGE thanks to our new Podcast Manager, the very same, Dave Jenkins!
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Early Church Series Conclusion

As we made our way through history to the time frame most consider the end of the early church period, I thought this would be a good place to conclude the series. I’ll continue to create the homeschooling lessons to go alongside with the previous articles. You can look out for those on Saturdays. If you remember, dear ones, at the beginning we discussed the essential doctrines of the faith in regards to cults that are active today. With those, on Friday’s, we discussed an ancient heresy that was similar in one way or another to the cults we see today. Below I’ve linked to all the essential doctrine articles, in case you missed them or are new to my blog.

Twisted Tuesday – Essential Doctrines of the Faith: Salvation by Grace Alone

Twisted Tuesday – Essential Doctrines of the Faith: The Deity of Christ

Twisted Tuesday – Essential Doctrines: Monotheism

Twisted Tuesday – Essential Doctrines of the Faith: The Resurrection of Christ

Twisted Tuesday – Essential Doctrines of the Faith: The Virgin Birth

Twisted Tuesday: Essential Doctrines of the Faith – Conclusion

There are several more heretical articles from the early church period then there are essential doctrines, simply due to the magnitude of heretics that sprang up in light of the Gospel spreading throughout mutiple cultures. Below are the links to the articles from Friday’s series on early church herecies in case anyone missed any of them.

Historical Church Series -The Early Heretics: Introduction

Historical Church Series – The Early Heretics: Judaizers

Historical Church Series: The Early Heretics – Christian Gnosticism

Historical Church Series – Early Church Heretics: Marcion of Sinope

Historical Church Series: Early Church Heretics – Docetism and Ebionism

Historical Church Series: Early Church Heretics – Montanus the Spiritual Drunkard

Historical Church Series – Early Church Herestics: Arius of Alexandria

Historical Church Series – Early Church Heretics: A Catch Up Course

Historical Church Series – Early Church Heretics: Pelagius

I also wanted to include the books I read and reviewed to go alongside this early church series, so that this post would be inclusive of the entire unit of study.

Thursday Book Review: The Wars of the Jews by Flavius Josephus

Thursday Book Review – The Church History by Eusebius

Thursday Book Review – Irenaeus Against Heresies

I hope that this series was instructive, and edifying to see the connection we have to the historical church. The body of Christ, the bride, the church that will never be defeated by the gates of Hell, is our family history. There are groups that would very much like to argue the history of the church belongs only to them. There are other groups who would like to argue that church history is not important for the believer to know. I reject both of those groups argumentation. Church history is repleate with blessings of lessons learned, Godly men and women who held true to the faith in the face of torture and death, and faithful men who expounded Scripture when it was under sttack. We need to know the names of the men and women who went before us, who handed down the truth which we now hold. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Thursday Book Review – The Shepherd of Hermas

Hello again, beloved brethren, I hope you’re week as been a pleasant one so far! Today I want to return to the 2nd century in our book reviews with The Shepherd of Hermas. This book can most accurately be compared to an early church version of The Pilgrims Progress. The entire book is an allegorical tale of a man saved by the grace of God, and attempting to live a Godly life. It was popular with the early church, quite a bit life Pilgrims Progress was for so long. Similarly, I imagine as the comparisons no longer connected with generations the book ceased being as popular, like we sadly see today with Bunyan’s Pilgrims Progress.

The books structure is really interesting, and certainly set it apart from all the other 2nd century writings I’ve read. There are three sections, the first being visions, the second mandated, and the last parables. Thankfully the main character, Hermas, is just as confused by everything he sees as the reader is reading it, so he asks many questions about all the symbolism seen. This helps the plot continue, and has a bit of a comical bent to it, though I’m not sure it was supposed to.

Although we’re not sure who wrote this book, many believe it was a man named Hermas. Whoever it was, he did a wonderfully imaginative job of depicting the Christian life, the church, and Christ’s love for His church. I think this book is great for anyone studying the early church, or anyone who loves allegories. I was really encouraged by the books theme of taking sin seriously, something our world is desperately lacking. Being that it’s so very old it’s in the public domain which means you can read the pdf for free here, listen to the audio book here, purchase the cheap kindle book here, or get your own copy of it here. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved!

Thursday Book Review- Second Apology of Justin Martyr

Friends, as I was beginning to write a review this morning about Justin Martyrs Dialogue with Trypho I realized I had never finished my review of his Apologies. My review of his First Apology can be seen here.

The Second Apology, written some time between 150-157 AD, is a short book addressing Christian persecution from Urbicus. While it is important for us, as believers, to read the early church writings, they can be difficult. When we become saved God gives us this beautiful gift, love for the brethren. When one part of the body hurts, we all hurt. That’s what makes Foxes Book of Martyrs so difficult to read. It’s often the same with these early writings, as the church was being hotly persecuted at the time.

Justin’s Second Apology is also beneficial from a historical viewpoint, which is why I would recommend it for anyone who is not a Christian as well. If you are learning about Rome, or teaching that era in homeschooling, these Apologies are excellent resources. Although I would suggest they be read to older, more mature, students being that they contain persecution which might be frightening for younger ones. For example, Kayliegh is 7-years-old, and while she’s very mature for her age, I’m waiting until she’s older to give her these books as lessons.

One last thought, just as an aside, if you have lost friends or family who love history I think these Apologies could be a great springboard into the Gospel. People love to hear about gladiators and other secular facts which happened around the same time as the early church. Just an idea, if anyone has some of those more difficult folks in their lives to share with, the ones who love learning but never come to the Truth. Because these books are so very old they are in the public domain, yay! This means, of course, that you can find it in Online, Audiobook, kindle version, and a very inexpensive paperback. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.