My name is John, and my goal with this blog is to search out the beliefs, traditions and practices of the early church, specifically within the first three centuries AD.

I expect to spend most of my time in the writings of the New Testament, with occasional forays into historical and extra-biblical works.  Of course, I have an agenda, so I may as well confess it up front.  I am specifically looking for the teachings and practices of the earliest church in order to discern how current church teaching and practice has evolved over the centuries and across cultures and to challenge the status quo as often as necessary.  Thus, the credo “research, renew, recast.”

My main interests lie in New Testament interpretation, exegetical method, discourse analysis, oral tradition, early church practice and the history surrounding the early church.  As I am not a professional, so I will happily receive encouraging words of correction should the need arise.

I am also a minister with the Progressive Christian Alliance and am very much interested in applying our Christian faith in new and fresh ways.

Thanks for reading my blog, and feel free to comment as you see fit…I look forward to it!

You may also contact me by e-mail at: johncontabile@gmail.com



5 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi John,
    This blog is quite an undertaking for someone who is “no a professional.” I just found your blog, but look forward to spending more time here as I’m able. I would like to link your blog on mine, with your permission. You can see what I’m up to at maryguybolan@wordpress.com.
    I look forward to getting acquainted,

    1. Hi Mary! Glad to have you reading and thinking along with me! Of course you can link my blog to yours.
      While I am not a professional scholar, I still tend to gravitate toward the academic side of things. My hope is to spread around some of the best ideas regarding the study of the early church in a more popular format. I look forward to your thoughts!

  2. I thought this would interest you. There was a large group of evangelicals who decided they wanted to research and recreate the ancient church to the best of their ability. It was headed by some members of Campus Crusade for Christ. Their story is very interesting – they chronicled their findings and their journey in “Becoming Orthodox”, by Peter Guillquist. I recently met one of the members of that group – very inspiring.

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