Yesterday, I overheard a conversation between a handful of friends. A table full of ladies (in their late 20s and early 30s) were talking loud enough for the whole room to hear, so I was not eavesdropping. As a matter of fact, I would have preferred to avoid hearing the dialogue altogether. The interaction centered … More Christians Don’t Need the Bible?
It may shock you to learn just how many people think that they do not need the Gospel. Does everyone really need the Gospel? Do you? Does your family? Your friend? Your neighbor? The message of the Gospel is often assumed or dismissed in my stomping ground. Therefore, you must allow me to briefly articulate … More Who needs the Gospel?
There is a strange and interesting conversation going on among many professing Christians in America today. Some people claim that “Christianity” may be separated from the “Local Church.” Whatever Christianity is, I would like to argue, it is inseparable from the local church. The non-churched Christian is an animal you simply will not find in … More Do Christians need the Local Church?
In our day of 140 character tweets and eye-catching promos, we are accustomed the seeing just about everything through the lenses of reductionism. “Reduce what you want me to know to the least possible amount of information so that I will be able to quickly assimilate, assess, and (of course) accept or reject it.” Even … More Do you think too little of Jesus? Possibly…
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