“And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him” (1 John 2:28–29). Everyone believes something. This may … More Living Like We Believe
Well, the most frustrating, vexing, and exhausting election of my lifetime is over. After the inauguration of our new president, things have not seemed to get particularly less chaotic. While there are both good and bad things to observe among American life today, I’d like to offer a couple of questions that Christians would do … More 2 Questions for Christians, After the Election
The Church – the universal body of Christ – is a unique institution made up of people rather than materials or mechanisms. Established and sustained by God Himself, the Church acts most like she should when she fulfills the role for which she has been created. The oft-quoted passage at the end of Matthew’s gospel … More Coalescing Churches and Missionaries
What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? As is true of Christian churches, those parishioners of the Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints may not be aware of or able to articulate every foundational belief of the institution. Like many naïve Christian church attendees, some Mormon temple members might be unable to state … More The “Jesus” of Mormonism
In his devotional “Mornings and Evenings,” Charles Spurgeon wrote his own commentary on the passing of Christians from security and strength to further stability and power. This progression is contrary to much of our natural experience, and Spurgeon acknowledges the same. A runner, for instance, begins with full energy and ends with none; and the … More Strength to Strength in times of Suffering
When is the right time to witness to someone? What does a Christian need to know before witnessing or evangelizing? Must a Christian wait to witness to someone until he or she is burdened or compelled by some inward sensation? This question may be phrased in numerous ways and yet ask basically the same thing. … More Should a believer wait to have a “burden” before witnessing?
The so-called Synoptic Problem does not seem to be a problem at all, in the useful sense of the word. It seems to me that a better title for this issue would be the Synoptic Production or the Synoptic Compilation. Yet, the Synoptic Problem it remains, and Clements describes the matter by saying, “Even a … More The Synoptic Problem
Recently, I taught a bible study course through the Galatian epistle and began the first lesson by discussing only the first three words of the text, “Paul, an Apostle…” ‘Who is Paul?’ and ‘What is an Apostle?’ seemed to be two questions that needed to be asked and answered before we could move on to … More To whom was the Letter to the ‘Galatians’ written?
What does it mean to be Lost? Usually, in the context of Christianity, one is not speaking of location confusion when using the term lost. To say, “he is lost,” is to say something other than, “he does not know how to make his way from his home to the church building.” The term lost … More What does it mean to be ‘Lost’?