History of Christianity

Continuing the theme of history-based studies, the latest youth group study I led was on the History of Christianity. There is an incredible amount of literature available online, and we only covered a small fraction of events from Early Christianity and investigating the major groups of denominations. We also had a look at how Christianity and the churches in India formed particularly with their interaction with the western churches, and this was personally fascinating. Another group member covered the Crusades, while the Reformation will be covered in our next study. Here are the slides I used and make sure you have a look at the notes section for the talking points. I did use a special font for the title slide if it looks strange.

History of the Bible

I ran a different type of study with our church youth group today where we investigated the history of the Bible. It was a combination of a trivia-style and lecture-style presentation and I’ve uploaded the notes I used. It took a little while to put it together – most of the time was spent reading on the Internet and distilling the important (and fun) facts – history can be a little dry. I have included references for most of the resources I used except Wikipedia (which is pretty much the foundation for most of the material). Having done this, I do have a greater appreciation for biblical scholars and academics.

Persisting IRB & Rails Console History

Continuing the theme on customising IRB and Rails Console, add these lines to ~/.irbrc to persist the command history across console sessions:

require 'irb/ext/save-history'
IRB.conf[:SAVE_HISTORY] = 100
IRB.conf[:HISTORY_FILE] = "#{ENV['HOME']}/.irb_history"