CYPRIAN OF CARTHAGEThe Epistles of Cyprian
Treatise I. On the Unity of the Church.
Treatise II. On the Dress of Virgins.
Treatise III. On the Lapsed.
Treatise IV. On the Lord's Prayer.
Treatise V. An Address to Demetrianus.
Treatise VI. On the Vanity of Idols
Treatise VII. On the Mortality.
Treatise VIII. On Works and Alms.
Treatise IX. On the Advantage of Patience.
Treatise X. On Jealousy and Envy.
Treatise XI. Exhortation to Martyrdom, Addressed to Fortunatus.
Treatise XII. Three Books of Testimonies Against the Jews.
The Seventh Council of Carthage Under Cyprian.
Cyprian - On the Public Shows.
Cyprian - On the Glory of Martyrdom.
Cyprian - Of the Discipline and Advantage of Chastity.
Cyprian - Exhortation to Repentance.
CYPRIAN OF CARTHAGE
Cyprian (c. AD 200-258) was born in Carthage of a wealthy family. He was converted through his reading of the Scriptures and Tertullian's writings. Following his conversion in his late 40s, he gave much of his wealth to the poor. A year later he was elected a presbyter, and the following year (AD 248), he filled the office of bishop of Carthage, after the death of the previous bishop.
When appointed bishop of Carthage, he accepted the honourable title of 'Papa' (i.e. pope or father). The bishop of Alexandria was the first to accept this title. Afterwards, the title was adopted by the bishop of Rome.
For the remaining ten years of his life, Cyprian labored incessantly. It was a stormy period of persecution without, and agitation within, the church. When the Decian persecution came upon the church, Cyprian saw in it God's judgment upon her for her laxity, desire for wealth, fraudulance, false oaths, slander and deceit.
During the persecution, Cyprian fled, but justified his own action by saying that it was not the time for his martyrdom - maintaining that it was biblical to flee from such persecution rather than court martyrdom. While in hiding, he wrote many letters of encouragement to his presbyters and deacons.
When persecution died down, he returned to Carthage and presided over the Council of Carthage in 251 AD, which decided that pardon could only be granted to lapsed Christians after a proper period of penitence.
Two later councils held in 254 and 256 AD, again presided over by Cyprian, dealt with the issue of the validity of heretical baptism, and decided that it was invalid - even though performed in the name of the Trinity. This was opposed by bishop Stephen of Rome and occasioned much controversy. Shortly afterwards, Cyprian was martyred in the Valerian persecution - displaying inflexible courage and faithfulness in his stand as a Christian.
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The Real Jesus:
Who is the Real Jesus?
Ever since the dawn of modern rationalism, skeptics have sought to use textual criticism, archaeology and historical reconstructions to uncover the "historical Jesus" -- a wise teacher who said many wonderful things, but fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and certainly did not rise from the dead in triumph over sin.
Over the past 100 years, however, startling discoveries in biblical archaeology and scholarship have all but vanquished the faulty assumptions of these doubting modernists. Regretably, these discoveries have often been ignored by the skeptics as well as by the popular media. As a result, the liberal view still holds sway in universities and impacts the culture and even much of the church.
This presentation explodes the myths of these critics and the movies, books and television programs that have popularized their views.
Presented in ten parts -- perfect for individual, family and classroom study -- viewers will be challenged to go deeper in their knowledge of Christ in order to be able to defend their faith and present the truth to a skeptical modern world – that the Jesus of the Gospels is the Jesus of history -- "the same yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). He is the real Jesus.
Speakers include: George Grant, Ted Baehr, Stephen Mansfield, Raymond Ortlund, Phil Kayser, David Lutzweiler, Jay Grimstead, J.P. Holding, and Eric Holmberg.
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|The Beast of Revelation: IDENTIFIED
Who is the dreaded beast of Revelation? Now at last, a plausible candidate for this personification of evil incarnate has been identified (or re-identified). Ken Gentry's insightful analysis of scripture and history is likely to revolutionize your understanding of the book of Revelation -- and even more importantly -- amplify and energize your entire Christian worldview!
Historical footage and other graphics are used to illustrate the lecture Dr. Gentry presented at the 1999 Ligonier Conference in Orlando, Florida. It is followed by a one-hour question and answer session addressing the key concerns and objections typically raised in response to his position. This presentation also features an introduction that touches on not only the confusion and controversy surrounding this issue -- but just why it may well be one of the most significant issues facing the Church today.
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|Amazing Grace: The History and Theology of Calvinism
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Just what is “Calvinism?” Does this teaching make man a deterministic robot and God the author of sin? What about free will? If the church accepts Calvinism, won’t evangelism be stifled, perhaps even extinguished? How can we balance God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility? What are the differences between historic Calvinism and hyper-Calvinism? Why did men like Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Spurgeon, Whitefield, Edwards and a host of renowned Protestant evangelists embrace the teaching of predestination and election and deny free will theology?
This is the first video documentary that answers these and other related questions. Hosted by Eric Holmberg, this fascinating three-part, four-hour presentation is detailed enough so as to not gloss over the controversy. At the same time, it is broken up into ten “Sunday-school-sized” sections to make the rich content manageable and accessible for the average viewer.
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