Born to Win
Not So Gay Marriage04/24/15
When God created man, the Bible seems to suggest that he leaned back, evaluated what he had done and concluded that it was very good indeed. But on reflection, he sees that it was not good for man to be alone. So he took rib from Adam and made woman...
The Gospel of John #8
Jesus defies explanation. You can't just put him in a category and then say you have him figured out. Nearly every conventional idea of Jesus is contradicted by the basic source documentsthe four gospels of your New Testament. On the one hand, you...
The Gospel of John #7
I must confess, I was a little puzzled at the reaction of the Jewish community to the movie The Passion of the Christ. But when I reflected on some of the persecution of Jews by Christians down through the centuries, it did make a little bit of sense....
The Gospel of John #6
Jesus was a constant puzzle to the Pharisees. Sometimes he is a bit puzzling to us, too. And we have had a lot of time to digest what he was saying. And, let's face it, some of the things he was saying were pretty far out. This is not just a good man;...
The Gospel of John #5
Considering all that Jesus did, and considering his personal charisma, does it strike you as strange that there was a point when many of his disciples turned away and didn't follow him any longer? What did Jesus do or say that led to the point where...
Thy Kingdom Come
I have never been a student of Judaism, and probably have paid too little attention their belief system. It's not that I consider Jewish beliefs to be the norm for Christians, but the original gospel accounts were written in such a way as to be...
The Gospel of John #4
Of the four gospel writers, it is John who is the theologian. More than the others, he captures and reports for us those words and deeds of Jesus that tell us who he is and what he is all about. For example, Jesus had made his way down to the pool of...
The Gospel of John #3
Jesus of Nazareth was full of surprises. His disciples often had trouble figuring him out, but Jesus had an agenda. Everything he did was for a reason. Take an incident early on in Samaria. Jesus thought it good to leave Judea because things were...
The Gospel of John #2
From here, it's hard to imagine what those first encounters with the mature Jesus were likefor those who saw him for the first time. I have no reason to imagine that Jesus was in any way remarkable to look at, but I know that he must have been a...
The Gospel of John #1
The Apostle John presents us with the most astonishing theology. And he does it right off the bat, without preamble. To the early theologians of the Christian church, he also posed a dilemma. The church from the get-go was composed entirely of Jews...
Christian Holidays #6
Sometimes the simplest answers are the best. I've asked again and again why it was that, thirty years after the ascension of Christlong after everything that was nailed the cross was nailed therea gentile church was observing the Passover and the days...
Christian Holidays #5
It seems odd, doesn't it, that a Gentile church, 30 years after the ascension of Christ, was observing the Passover and the seven days of Unleavened bread that follow it. And just as odd that there is not a single mention of Easter in the early...
Christian Holidays #4
There's an old hymn I remember singing in church when I was just a boy. It's striking to me today, because it represents an understanding of the Bible in earlier generations that I think has been lost in many churches today. The song goes: Christ our...
Christian Holidays #3
How is it possible that a Christian church, some 25 years after the ascension of Christ, was still observing the oldest known Jewish holiday? And they were. It is easily demonstrated. And they weren't even a Jewish church. This one was mostly Gentile....
Christian Holidays #2
Not long ago, a woman asked me a hard question: "Why did God have to kill all the firstborn children in Egypt. After all, He is God. He is sovereign. He can do anything He wants. Wasn't there a better way of getting them out of there than killing...
Christian Holidays #1
Are you ready for a quiz? Grab pencil and pad and write down the names of the two most important Christian Holidays. It should only take you a few seconds. No consulting your calendar allowed; just write down two holidays. Got it? And the days are:...
Christian Holidays #7
Unless you've recently arrived from another planet, you already know that most Christian people believe that Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and he was raised from the dead on Sunday morning. But if you read the New Testament with any care at all,...
Intro to the New Testament #11
The Gospel according to John is a very special book. If you ask me to explain why, I would have a hard time telling you. It is the fourth Gospel, but some scholars think it may have been written first. Actually, there is no hard data on this. So you...
Intro to the New Testament #10
We take the reading of histories for granted, and it is hard to realize that most people haven't got a clue what it takes to actually write a history. People call Herodotus the "Father of History". He composed his writings in the fifth-century BC, and...
Intro to the New Testament #9
Among the earliest Christians, Mark did not command the attention of the Fathers. According to Everett Harrison, they placed Matthew and Luke in the most prominent positions. But, Harrison also notes that in modern times, Mark has surged to the fore,...
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