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How Many Christians?

Philip Jenkins asks, ‘how many Christians were there in the year 200?‘ and the answer is not very many. At least not when you consider the population of the Roman Empire. For the sake of argument, let us suggest a global Christian population of perhaps 250,000. That represents a stunning expansion from the small groups we glimpse in apostolic times, but the number is tiny when we think of the vast geographical extent of the large world, from Mesopotamia to Britain. It is also a tiny fraction of that world…

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The not quite so astonishing growth of the early church

I’ve recently finished reading Alan Hirsch’s The Forgotten Ways which is a fascinating book and like many books he wrestles with the question of the decline of the church in the West and what can be done to reverse it. Like many (myself included) he advocates that we look to the early church for inspiration or the Chinese church for a more contemporary example. Hirsch recounts listening to Rodney Stark ask three important questions: How many Christians do you think there were in the year 100 AD? Stark’s answer as few as…

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William Booth’s 4 keys to church growth

Lex Loizides in his Church History blog does a great job mining movements of the past for lessons that can help us in the present. Here he examines some of the keys to the success of William Booth and the Salvation Army. You have to love Booth’s passion for the lost It seemed to me that if we could get them to think about Hell they would be certain to want to turn from it. If we could get them to think about Heaven they would want to go there. If…

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