The Secret Sauce

By Lisa Thomas  •  August 11, 2022

How did they do it? Really, how did they? How did a handful of Christ’s followers 2000 years ago start a movement based Christ’s teachings? Teachings of forgiveness, justice, inclusiveness, mercy, acceptance and love that was so successful that today over 2 billion people all over the world claim to be followers of Christ. Establishing Christianity has got to be one of the greatest success stories of all time. What was the secret sauce?

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