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Lilly Miller wrote at 2009-10-12 01:44:28
As a Baptist, I was taught that the original anabaptists would have church from morning to sundown with a break for lunch.  As time went by, the lunch breaks would get longer and longer until it came to a point that it was two entirely separate services.

Den wrote at 2010-09-26 14:13:21
Evening Service was designed for those who had work in the morning on Sunday. They would have a separate service for those that couldn't make it, and depending on the denomination this is where they would have communion. People started coming to both to either get more out of Church or to look like they want to.

jmikew wrote at 2014-01-19 16:20:06
Years ago Moody Monthy magazine (Nov 1989, Vol 90, Num.3) had an article on church traditions.  "Shedding Light on the Sunday Evening Service," in 1792 the newly invented coal gas lights began to pull people out of their homes during the early evening hours.  At the turn of the century, Scottish engineer William Murdock, who is credited with the first development of coal-gas illumination, was commissioned to install gas lighting in London. From then unto about 1820, when gas lighting was installed in Pall Mall, the lights illumined London's factories, stores, and other public places.  Coal-gas lights were still too expensive for most homes.  Quick to see the possibilities, some ministers began installing the lights in churches.  And behold, there was born the Sunday Evening Service.  

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I can answer many questions regarding the theology of the early church, particularly those areas pertaining to Christology and the Trinity. I can also answer many questions pertaining to the early Reformation period, particularly those questions which relate to Lutheran theology and practice. While I can answer questions from just about any time period, my weakest area is modern church history, where my knowledge is much more limited to the theology of major academic and popular movements (though not their history). Any questions which also address the development of certain liturgical practices of the church (East and West) I can usually field, or point to where the answer might be found.


I have grown up in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and currently attend a Lutheran seminary. I have recently converted to Eastern Orthodoxy (Orthodox Church in America). My knowledge of the Reformation stems from this background. I have also intensely studied the early church for about five years now, and have learned from Lutheran, Reformed, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox sources. My interaction with many traditional denominations has also led to my integration of this history with the study of the doctrine and proclamation of the church. My interest in church history has led me to alter my M.Div education and pursue an M.A. in religion. From there I hope to further my education in historical theology. I have also corrected one Lutheran expert here regarding the identity of the Virgin Mary in Lutheran theology by referring to both the Book of Concord (1580 AD) and the Council of Ephesus (431 AD) My knowledge of ancient languages includes some Latin, Koine Greek, and biblical Hebrew.

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