(Page, don’t panic. I know I’m not preaching this coming Sunday.) Quite a number of you have asked me to name the books I am using in preaching on the reasons and factors that the Christian Way grew so quickly in the Roman Empire, from maybe 120 people at Pentecost, to around a majority of the population of the Empire by early in the 4th Century. The books I would recommend (in addition to Acts and the letters of Paul, of course) are: Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome and the Making of Christianity in the West by Peter Brown; The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion by Rodney Stark; Seek the Welfare of the City: Christians as Benefactors and Citizens by Bruce W. Winter. I’d start with Stark’s book, which applies archaeology and statistical studies to the issue. If you read Brown, start with his fourth chapter.