Jesus said, “If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father” (John 10:37–38). Jesus Christ did … More Words are Better than Miracles
Mark, like the other Gospel writers, is very interested in conveying much about the identity of Jesus Christ. This is clear in his opening statement, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (1:1). While Mark is keen on his reader knowing Jesus’ true identity, he is also frank about Jesus’ … More Identifying Jesus in Mark’s Gospel
The Gospel is the story of Jesus. Jesus is the whole point of the Gospel. Rather than a message of self-help or religious structure, the Gospel is the story of a real historical person. Who He is and what He did (and does) is the essence of the Good News. This news, however, is not … More Jesus Changes Everything
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
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