These Christian history videos cover topics crucial to those who want to know how we got from the beliefs and practices of the apostles found in the New Testament to the Christianity that we see around us today ... And they may well tell us exactly what beliefs and practices really are from the apostles and the New Testament.
You will also find some very interesting videos that I have entitled The Leukemia Tapes for reasons that will be obvious once you've seen one.
I also have podcasts, teachings on various subjects at my Rest of the Old, Old Story site.
In the Beginning Was the Logos is now available on Kindle!
These Christian history videos on apostolic succession add up to one relatively long teaching, but I believe they are the clearest teaching available on the subject. For most Christians, these don't apply except as a historical curiosity. However, the minority of Christians who feel forced by doctrine to join a church with apostolic succession, such as the Roman Catholic Church or the Eastern Orthodox Churches, are still a large number of Christians, and they need to be exposed to these truths.
As things are currently, Roman Catholic theologians misquote and misconstrue the passages in the early Christian writings (second and third century) that address the subject of apostolic succession. Non-catholics object to the Catholic interpretation, but not by becoming familiar with what the early Christians actually said! Instead, they argue that the early Christians don't matter.
As a result, most Christians don't realize that the early churches taught nothing resembling the Roman Catholic version of apostolic succession. That's not very hard to prove, but as far as I know there is very little besides my videos here pointing that out!
Much of this teaching is written, rather than being on video, on my page entitled Is the Roman Catholic Church the one true church.
These Leukemia Tapes, so called because I taped them while being treated for acute leukemia at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tn, are all meant to be under 3 minutes long, though there are a minority that creep up to or just past 4 minutes.
They address simple Scriptural issues that are often overlooked by modern Christians unfamiliar with the rich interpretive history of the early church.
On a lighter note, you may enjoy noting the transformation from my salt-and-pepper hair and goatee as my white hair fell out before the dark. The last few tapes are bald-headed, as I shaved my head a few days later, shortly after the dark hair began following the white hair both onto my pillow and down the shower drain.
I couldn't get this one to load on YouTube. So you can watch this on QuickTime by clicking this link.