Andy Hynes

15 April by Andy Hynes

Do you know these men??

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Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers As we recently viewed the first five ecumenical councils from a distance, I want to take a closer look at some influential men from that time. The men that lived during the time of the Council of Nicaea through the late 400’s are referred to as the Nicene and Post-Nicene Church […]

2 April by Andy Hynes

Five Councils that Shaped our Doctrine

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The Five Influential Councils Say what you want about Constantine and the conversion of the Roman Empire to a form of Christianity, but one thing we should be grateful for is the May 20, 325 Council of Nicaea. This was the first of five Ecumenical councils that involved bishops from all over the Roman Empire. […]

13 March by Andy Hynes

What was it like back in the day?

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Old School The modern Christian movement has enveloped itself in a battle over worship. Unfortunately, the primary issue is style, proving today’s impression of worship; starts and ends with “singing.” However, singing is not the end all of worship, but a single component. Our worship today often resembles a cultural shift based upon our demographic […]

25 February by Andy Hynes

The Early Apologists

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Taitian, Irenaeus, Origen, and Tertullian As I mentioned in my previous post, early pagan philosophical critics sought to discredit and destroy the “new” Christian religion. However, their ill-fated attempts did not stand a chance against the providential hand of God. In His ordained plan, He placed certain men to write apologetic works refuting those pagan […]

6 February by Andy Hynes

God’s Hand in the Rise of Early Critics and Apologists

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In the 1st century the newness of the Christian faith led to various attacks. Pagans, Jews, and the Romans all sought to destroy the “new” religion. They didn’t realize the faith was not new, just rounding in form. (The Christians saw their heritage lifted out of the OT Judaism in the person of Jesus Christ.) […]

29 January by Andy Hynes

God’s Providence and Influence on the Rise of Christianity

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The providence of God gets lost in the singular discussion regarding salvation. When we talk about this topic this is the main idea. However, as I continue to look through a historical lens I see more than that. Maybe we do not think beyond salvific things in reference to God’s providence and allow ourselves to […]

16 January by Andy Hynes

The Significance of Church History

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Church History is a common course in almost every undergraduate and graduate level degree in Theology, Bible, ministry, etc. However, I have begun to think we have lost the purpose or thrust behind the need for studying the historical roots of the church. In a day when the newest, latest, and most innovative ideas take […]

16 December by Andy Hynes

Postmodern Evangelism

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While teaching my Contemporary Worldviews class, we wrapped up the semester with Postmodernism. While Postmodernism may not necessarily be considered a worldview, as it is the absence of any absolutes, it is a common approach to life in 21st century America. With each successive worldview I sought to help the students think about engaging others […]

6 November by Andy Hynes

Identity Crisis

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Identity Crisis This post does not take the multisite church approach to task. Skilled craftsmen in church planting can hash that out. This post does not seek to bash a single location containing multiple congregations, pending a differentiation between those congregations. Along with the differentiation, there are separate pastoral leaders. Many churches have multiple ethnic […]

17 October by Andy Hynes

Are you a Kind-Hearted “Practical Deist?”

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Let me preface my post by saying, I hope my thoughts are incorrect, but I do not think I am. You may be in an atypical ministry location that is not concerned about professing believers being “deistic” in their thinking and practice. However, the more I hear, see, and discuss the biblical foundations of Christian […]

12 September by Andy Hynes

Paul’s Pastoral Landscape; Is it Like Ours???

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Paul’s Pastoral Landscape, Is it Like Ours? An alarming trend to give up   The American pastoral landscape today is bleak.  Fewer and fewer men are committed or sold-out to serving Christ.  By committed and sold-out, I mean willing to go through the greatest of difficulties, and not give up.  I’ll take it a step […]

6 September by Andy Hynes

“Kuyperian Worldview” in the Midst of Current Chaos

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This semester I am teaching a course on Contemporary Worldviews, and also reading some of Abraham Kuyper’s works. He is one of the men attributed with the formalization of the “Christian/Theistic Worldview.” In view of some current controversy concerning Kuyper, and his ability/inability to “transform,” the Dutch culture in a more permanent way, I thought […]

19 August by Andy Hynes

The Evils that Befall our Ministry

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I was recently reading one of the prayers in Valley of Vision, page 336, as I do each morning with my Scripture reading. This was on the Monday after I had preached twice at our church the previous day. As I read this particular Puritan prayer, he gave some areas that he fell into. It […]