(293 – 373)
 
We’re celebrating black heroes who made history, and I want to introduce you to Athanasius of Alexandria, another prominent church father, theologian, statesman and Egyptian leader. 
 
As a young man he served as secretary to Alexander Bishop of Alexandria.
 
As a young man he served as secretary to Alexander Bishop of Alexandria. Upon the death of Alexander, it was made known to Athanasius that he had been chosen by Alexander to succeed him as bishop of Alexandria. Athanasius was involved in the theological war against the heresy of Arius and the Arians, who taught that Jesus Christ was not truly God, but a lesser creature. It was because of this heresy that the Council of Nicea met in the year AD 325, and Athanasius welcomed the definition of the Son that stated He was “consubstantial with the Father.”
 
Like Augustine, Athanasius’s words and thoughts are taught in Bible schools and seminaries. Athanasius was exiled five times by four Roman emperors, and spent seventeen of the forty-five years he served as bishop of Alexandria in exile. However, he exhibited a cogent understanding of theological issues that was far beyond his own time.
 
He exhibited a cogent understanding of theological issues that was far beyond his own time.
 
We should celebrate Athanasius for his orthodox theological thoughts and writings that have stood the test of time, transforming and shaping Christianity throughout the ages.
 
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Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.


At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.


Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.


Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.



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