WHO ARE THE APOSTLES is a history of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. The book begins with the concept of "apostle" in Greek and Hebrew culture: Jesus did not invent the office of the Apostle. This history shows the true nature of the apostle, and lays the groundwork for following the Twelve before, during and in the decades after Jesus' ministry. The book also shows how the office of apostle continued after the death of the Twelve. Anyone who has ever wanted to know more about the apostles and The Apostles should read this book.
Living now in Southwest Florida, Bob is married, with two children and five incredible grandchildren. He is currently President of Mission Nation Publishing Company, and for eighteen years headed mission work in North America for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. During that time he met many wonderful Missionaries to America. Sent by God, many struggle to learn a new culture and find support for their work. Like the Christians driven out of Jerusalem who went to Cyrpus and then Antioch, many of these missionaries were driven out of their countries, but live with a deep commitment to share the good news of God's love in Jesus the Christ. In his spare time he plays a little golf, not too well.
What do Christians mean when they confess their faith in "one, holy and APOSTOLIC church?" Who were, are, the apostles? Jesus did not invent the term; there were Hebrew and Greek apostles before Jesus. But Jesus changed the meaning of "apostle" in one very important way. What was it?
That is the question that began my search. In this, the first of three books, I wanted to understand how a confession written in 325 AD might guide the church of the 21st century in its mission. I began my search in Jerusalem. The three books bring the question and my insights up through the fourth century in Constantinople, and the Council of Nicaea - and raise questions for the ministry of churches today.
Who Are the Apostles
I began my research of Nicaea, a small town about thirty miles south of the small cluster of under one hundred believers into the official religion of the old Roman capital of Nicomedia. I wanted to know what the Council of Nicaea, world by the fourth century. What might we learn for our own day as we convened in AD 325, meant when it cal ed the church “apostolic.”