The Scope and Purpose of Church History Review

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Image courtesy of dan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Thanks to those who read and use Church History Review. About a year ago I began searching online for a comprehensive church history site that would engage amateur and professional church historians by offering resources for those doing research or teaching on global church history. Although there are some great sites available, I did not find the kind of site I was looking for so I decided to start a site of my own.

Scope of Content
Church History Review provides a comprehensive collection of links to sites about historic events, texts, and church life today so that readers may explore topics that interest them. The collection is focused on churches in the Trinitarian tradition such as Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and modern Evangelical denominations, as well as independent groups and house churches that worship the Triune God. Recently, I greatly expanded the number of sites for denominational archives and I am always adding links to historical maps and infographics. Readers who discover valuable online resources that I have not yet included are welcome to contact me in the comments feature so that I can expand the site. My long-range goal is to create the most comprehensive and useful church history site on the web. Your contributions toward that goal would be greatly appreciated.

History in Real-Time
Nearly every day I see news reports on church life and I notice that they often lack the deep perspective of history, which helps us understand the place and importance of events in perspective. By gathering and commenting on stories, I am writing church history in “real-time” so I can prepare an annual summary. You can read my first year’s results on the page 2015 Global Events in Church History.

Preaching and Teaching Resources
Any church leader who uses illustrations or examples in their teaching and preaching will find a wealth of recent stories and resources on Church History Review to liven their sermons or bring discussion of current events into their classroom. The site includes a search feature just for this purpose. One can also click on the collection of tags (listed at right) to discover stories of interest.  The resource pages listed at the top of the site include links to maps, timelines, and other classroom tools. Explore, learn, and share!

In Christ,
Rev. Edward A. Engelbrecht, STM
Site Administrator

Forgiving the Charleston shooting. Modern Church

The question of forgiving someone who did not ask for forgiveness was raised by the recent shooting at Emanuel AME Church. We have the example of St. Stephen who prayed of those killing him, “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.” We likewise have the example of Jesus praying, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Charleston shooting: Emanuel AME holds Bible study – CNN.com.