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About Rick Brannan
Rick is currently researching early Christian fragmentary papyri and is planning a book to present the material to a non-technical audience.
Another of Rick's projects is the Lexical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles, a commentary that focuses on understanding the vocabulary of the Pastoral Epistles by examining word usage in literature contemporary with the New Testament: the Septuagint, the Apostolic Fathers, Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Noncanonical Gospels, and Christian papyri. The volume on First Timothy was published in 2016 by Appian Way Press and the volume on Second Timothy was published in November 2018.
Rick has also produced two Greek Readers published by Appian Way Press: The First Apocryphal Apocalypse of John: A Greek Reader and The Acts of Pilate and the Descent of Christ to Hades: A Greek Reader.
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The organization of The Apostles’ Creed is based on the concept of the Trinity. Thus, the creed has three main sections: the Father (in Deum Patrem), the Son (in Jesum Christum), the Holy Spirit (in Spiritum Sanctum). The bulk of the creed is taken up in the middle section, dealing with the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The bulk of the lessons are questions with answers given. Most questions have Scripture references and some make direct reference to the Heidelberg Catechism. For discussion in a group setting, the intent is to read the question and examine the references. Then the group can begin to answer the question, with the leader using the “Answer” material to spur or facilitate discussion as necessary. In this way the material can be worked through much like a catechism would be.
I am very grateful for this treatment by Rick Brannan. He is faithful to the concise and memorable content of the Apostles’ Creed while expositing its meaning. He addresses the depth of the creed through an easily-digestible question-and-answer format. He gives us further riches in showing the interaction of the Heidelberg Catechism, itself a treasure of historical teaching of the faith, with the Apostles’ Creed.
May you enjoy again the Apostles’ Creed, in its history and depths. May you treasure forever the truths it contains, of a Savior who was crucified, dead and buried, yet rose again from the dead, and provides forgiveness of sins and resurrection to all who put their faith in him.
— Dax Swanson, Pastor, Grace Church Bellingham
Each day's Scripture reading includes discussion questions with accompanying responses to make it easy for you to engage the themes of preparation, anticipation, joy, and incarnation throughout the season of Advent. The reading schedule--which begins the first Sunday of Advent and ends on Christmas Day--has been adapted from the Revised Common Lectionary and includes devotions for all three years in the liturgical cycle, with every year drawing on the Synoptic Gospels.