What happened after Paul penned his second letter to Timothy?
The letter is believed to be the last one Paul wrote prior to his death in 67 or 68 A.D.
But what happened next? Paul died when the Church was still a small, suspect sect stirring up suspicion in the heart of the empire.
How did the message of Christ spread through the Middle East, into Europe, Asia, and ultimately the Americas when His followers were still among the persecuted and despised as the final book of the Bible was revealed to John?
These were the questions I had as a kid.
I was, admittedly, a weird kid.
Growing up in an evangelical church, I learned little about what happened after the final words of Acts 28. Even what little I knew about the fate of the apostles came from commentary during Bible studies, and was qualified with the disclaimer that no one truly knew for certain what had happened.
Some gaps in history as I knew it filled in during college. The history of the church was unveiled as it intertwined with the story of Western Civilization, or as it offered context to the great works of literature I encountered as an English major.
Yet significant gaps remained – notably between Constantine and the Crusades, or between the last, dying breath of the Crusades and the new life of the Reformation, or even between the arrival of the Pilgrims on Plymouth Rock and the day I entered the church, fully formed as it was in my small town.
Aside from my own reading, the next major step in my understanding of Christian history came in a whirlwind Survey of Christian History class at Winebrenner Theological Seminary. The gaps filled, and my eyes opened to the rich depth of Christian History.
That was when the seed of an idea was planted.
Through that class and others, I became fascinated with the women of Christian history – those women who advocated for abolition, who translated Scriptures, who gave their lives at the edge of a Roman sword, who taught and preached and discipled generations of believers.
These are the stories to be shared over the next 31 days.
Understanding my own limitations in knowing the history of the faith, I ask for your help. Feel free to make suggestions in the comments of the blog or on my Instagram and Twitter feeds. The only requirements for this series is that faith must have been a key factor in the woman’s actions, and that she has to have passed on to glory. We’ll leave it to future historians to decide who among us should be remembered for their work for the Lord.
I’ll end this introductory post with a question for whomever may drop by to read.
Who would you like to see profiled this month?