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  • Liberal Christianity
    on Dec 8, 2016 in culture
    There is more than one kind of "liberal." You know about political liberals. They probably vote for a Democrat or Green in an election. They disagree with political conservatives over how much taxes should be or how to address poverty or education. I...
  • Jesus is Lord
    on Jul 22, 2016 in Applied Faith Gospel
    It's the first and most basic creed of the Christian faith: Jesus is Lord. It's our answer to sin. Specifically, Jesus is my Lord. Jesus is the king of my life. I believe what he says — about me and everything else. I'm agreeing to live my life his...
  • Life and Death in a Fallen World
    on Jun 16, 2016 in Applied Faith Theology/Apologetics
    Last week we buried a 25-year-old. Her three-year-old will grow up only knowing Mommy from stories and a few cellphone videos. Of course, she's not the only young person to die. There are a lot of people burying their babies — be they 4 or 54. Her...
  • Could the Holy Spirit Have Died on the Cross?
    on Apr 29, 2016 in Theology/Apologetics
    I want to say up front that this isn't original to me. I read it somewhere, and I'd love to give them credit, but I can't find where I saw it. But it was interesting, so I wanted to share it here. The basic question is this: When God became a man to...
  • Curses and Trees
    on Mar 23, 2016 in Bible difficulties Devotional
    One of the odder events of Passion Week was the cursing of the fig tree (Matt 21:18-22). TL;DR: Jesus looked for figs on a fig tree and, finding none, cursed it, causing it to wither. People have been speculating ever since as to why he did that, wha...
  • The Resurrection of the Son of God: A Summary and Review
    on Feb 24, 2016 in Book Reviews Theology/Apologetics
    The resurrection of Christ is frequently attacked as an event than cannot have occurred. Critics say it's completely impossible, unhistorical, a myth. But there's another attack that it faces. Some will say it's "true" even though Jesus' body never m...
  • Fairy Tales
    on Feb 1, 2016 in Theology/Apologetics
    In the post-Christmas season, we tend to contemplate the earthly ministry of Christ. Let's start with how Luke begins the tale: "In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar — when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Ga...
  • hello blog
    on Jan 28, 2016
    Well, I got hacked. Sorry about that.
  • On Human Trafficking
    on Jan 11, 2016 in Applied Faith Current Events
    It's Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Not only does human trafficking still happen, it still happens in the West. There are slaves today in the United States of America. More than a dozen cases of human trafficking were reported in the Dallas-Fort Wo...
  • A Johannine Christmas reading
    on Dec 24, 2015 in Christmas
    St. John doesn't get much love at Christmas. Here's a little something from him on the subject:That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched — this we pr...
  • What Does 'Believe in Jesus' Mean?
    on Dec 1, 2015 in Theology/Apologetics
    Evangelical Christians throw the phrases "believe in Jesus" and the more-or-less synonymous "ask Jesus into your heart" around freely, so much so that they've entered into American pop religion. The problem is we rarely take the time to explain what...
  • Christian Caricatures 2
    on Oct 29, 2015 in Theology/Apologetics
    I can understand when people can't believe in some element or another of the Christian gospel. I hate it, however, when they reject the gospel because they've picked up a bad copy, and there are a lot of caricatures of the gospel out there. One versi...
  • When is Divorce a Sin?
    on Aug 27, 2015 in Godliness
    A recent Christianity Today story looked at people's opinions on when divorce constitutes a sin: Overall, about four in 10 (39 percent) Americans say divorce is a sin when one partner has committed adultery. A similar number says divorce is a sin, ev...
  • What Do You Do With a Worldview?
    on Jul 28, 2015 in Applied Faith
    Making sure your worldview is in line with the scriptures is hard work. Is it really worth the effort?Yes. Your worldview will affect how you live. A worldview can affect how you treat people. It can affect how you see yourself. Let's examine what th...
  • What is a Christian Worldview?
    on May 5, 2015 in Applied Faith
    Christians need to learn to see and think about the world through the lens of scripture — that is, they need to develop a biblical worldview. Worldviews are frequently described as the answers to a series of questions. The questions vary, but the o...
  • Making Him Known: Applying the Faith
    on Apr 20, 2015 in Applied Faith
    We are here to know Christ and to make him known. To effectively make him known, we need to be godly men and women who are ready, willing, and able to share the faith, defend the faith, and apply the faith to our world. Sharing the faith is pretty ea...
  • Crib Sheets: Why Do I Believe in the Resurrection of Christ?
    on Jan 21, 2015 in Theology/Apologetics
    All believers need to be able to explain why they believe in the resurrection. "He lives within my heart" or "I spoke to him this morning" may be fine as part of that, but it can't be the sum total of it. The bodily resurrection of Christ is a histor...
  • Crib Sheets: Why Do I Believe the Bible?
    on Jan 21, 2015 in Theology/Apologetics
    We need to be able to explain why people should take the Bible seriously. If the only explanation is "it works" or "I just believe it," it has nothing more to offer than the Koran or the Hindu Vedas. But that's not why we should believe the Bible. Th...
  • Crib Sheets: Why Do I Believe in God?
    on Jan 21, 2015 in Theology/Apologetics
    These are the arguments for the existence of God I find most compelling. There are others. Use what appeals to you, the ones you find compelling. (Bold is for subject headings. Normal text gives the thumbnail of the argument. Italics gives explanator...
  • Staying Ready to Defend the Faith
    on Jan 21, 2015 in Applied Faith Theology/Apologetics
    One day I was eating lunch and had a puzzling thought: I collect knives. I have big knives and small knives. I have pretty knives and scary knives. I have knives with lights in them, knives with tools in them, and knives with knives in them. So why a...
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