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Early Christians Were 'The Reckless Ones'

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Last updated 4/12/2021 at 2:15pm



As I drove my son through the Carr’s Hill Baptist Church parking lot for his two COVID shots, I was taken back vividly to my studies many years ago in early Christian church history. One word in a Latin translation captured me: Parabalani (sometimes spelled Parabolani), a word used critically for early Christians who risked their very lives for going out to care for the sick and dying.

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