Early Church Studies Quote of the Week – On Fellowship

This week’s quote comes from an old friend that has been a “virtual mentor” to me over the years – Wayne Jacobsen:

Anyone who talks about fellowship as an obligation, doesn’t really understand what fellowship is all about.

You can read more of his commentary on this over on the Lifestream blog.

Is church supposed to be a “service” that one attends, maybe even dreads?

It goes something like this,

“I have to go to church Sunday morning, then we can make plans to get together…”


“I have to be the Greeter today, so…”

Fellowship is not designed to be an obligation, but in many ways it has become one.


Most Pressing Issues In Early Church Studies – A Top 10 List

Here is a partial list that I will update and edit as needed.  In general, this will serve as a guide to future posts as the site develops. 

My hope is that my readers may help me fill in the blanks and/or rearrange the list a bit, so let me know what you think!


9.  Gender issues in ministry.


7.  Application of the kingdom of God to governmental rule.


5.  The role of tradition and non-canonical writings in the early church. 


3.  The distinction/development of offices and gifting in ministry.


1.  The definition and/or perception of the term “church.”