• Jesse Kalin Brown
    Seminary

    Vital Signs

    Gregory of Nyssa’s Unity of the Trinity | Constant Agreement  Gregory of Nyssa’s primary argument concerns the Unity and distinctiveness of the Trinity. On account of the Trinity, there is a distinction in three parts (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), but on account of Unity held with Divine essence, there is a constant agreement of relationship.  This agreement is inseparable. The Unity of the Trinity enacts and acts in agreement.  What I would call my partial understanding of the trinity helps me unpack the gospel on a daily basis and also keeps me from obscuring and corrupting the gospel.  When I hear John 17 and other examples of Jesus’ interceding authority,…

  • Jesse Kalin Brown
    Seminary

    Contrasting the Fruit of Dionysus and Christ

    Dionysus is the Greek God of wine, fertility, theater and religious ecstasy. All four represented as pillars in Greek culture, Dionysian cults grew as Greek mythology and Hellenization spread throughout the Mediterranean. Being the only Greco-Roman god to have been mortal and then become immortal after death, Dionysus draws many parallels to Christ, parallels and similarities both confronted by the Gospels. This confrontation was necessary to draw from the parallels of Greco-Roman mythologies to establish distinct differences between Christianity and Hellenistic culture, affirming the divine nature of Christ to His followers. Dionysus has a mortal mother, Semele and an immortal father in Zeus, the king of the gods. After his…

  • Jesse Kalin Brown
    Seminary

    Can Truth be Found

    Andrews and Burke’s (2014) purpose for encouraging individuals to actively engage historically through utilizing different analysis is to obtain a better understanding of histories complexities. Being able to identify, research and analyze each of the 5 C’s separately and connectively in relation to history provides ample opportunity for gaining insight and empathy from the past to better move forward into the future. In recommending an outline for historical study and writing Pearce (2012) encourages authors to discover the connections secondary sources have made from primary sources. In going beyond interpreting a secondary source (or someone else’s interpretation) through analyzing a primary source, students of history can appropriately formulate their own…