A Moment of Reckoning For Nationalism

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” — Hebrews 12:1‭-‬2 Continue reading

Conspiracy Theories, Ethnicity, and the New Gnosticism

No matter who you are, you might be swayed these days by a new kind of Gnosticism.

Ancient Gnosticism was this whacko offshoot from Christianity that was all about secret knowing. At the base of all that Gnosticism taught was this idea that the world had a secret, underlying truth that only the knowers could know. And if you don’t know what the knowers know, you’re not participating in the divine. You’re like a non-playable character, a rube. Gnosticism had no evidence to base itself on. You just had to know. You just had to connect the invisible dots with even more invisible lines. Continue reading

Between the Sick and the Healthy

There are now over 530,000 known cases of Covid-19 in the U.S.

Speaking of numbers, there’s a not-very-well known account from the Book of Numbers having to do with a plague. In chapter 16, Moses is leading the Hebrews through the wilderness. This chap named Korah decides that he should be leading the people, so he rebels. Him and 249 other people. As a consequence, they are consumed in a fire. Continue reading

Today’s Featured Series: Gospel and Salvation as a Series of Steps

Last day of our blog anniversary celebration!

In this final day, I chose to feature a series on the schematic familiar to many Christians known as the “5-Step Plan of Salvation.” We explore questions like, “What is salvation?” “What is a step?” and “How does our schematic of salvation affect how we teach it, live it out, and believe in it?”

The Gospel and the “5-Step Plan of Salvation”planofsalvation2
1: Introduction
2: Church History and the origin of the “5 steps”
3: Examining Each Step
4: Issues with the Formula (and what’s missing)
5: The Scheme of Redemption, the Ministry of Regeneration

Today’s Featured Series: 1 Peter 3:15 and a Loving Apologetic

For day 4 of our blog anniversary celebration, I’m taking us on back to a series from a couple years ago.

1 Peter 3:15 is often a go-to verse about apologetics. But what does it have to say about apologetics in context, and what do we learn from it? Join us to explore.

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Part 1: Examining the entire verse
Part 2: The verse in context of the chapter
Part 3: The verse in context of the entire letter
Part 4: Applications I could have used in my youth

Today’s Featured Series: Jesus and the Eyewitnesses—A Study with a Skeptic

Readers, we are in day 3 of our blog series features week.

Today I wanted to feature a series I did on a book I read with a skeptic friend of mine called Jesus and the Eyewitnesses by Richard Bauckham. It was a thick, book, a long study, and lots of time to think about Gospel.512b4u1bmhol._sx335_bo1204203200_

Jesus and the Eyewitnesses—A Study with a Skeptic
1. The Study Begins
2. History, Jesus, and the Holocaust
3. Papias, Papias, and more Papias
4. Names of Witnesses
5. The Twelve
6. Inclusio-“From the Beginning
7. The Gospel of Mark
8. John the Beloved
9. Is Oral Tradition Trustworthy?
10. Testimony and Memory
11. Transmitting the Jesus of Testimony
12. Conclusion and Reflection

Today’s Featured Series: Is Christianity a Western Religion?

Hi readers! Today being day two of the blog anniversary celebration, we’re taking a look back at another blog series to present.

Good_shepherd_01_smallToday’s series is a look at the oft-assumed status of Christianity as a “Western religion.” We begin with the introduction, Is Christianity a Western Religion?

1: On Whom was it Founded?
2: Where Did it Spread to?
3: Is the West the Cradle of Christianity?
4: What about the East?
5: The Bible Across the World
6: Eastern Orthodox
7: Persecution in the West
8: Western Creeds
9: “Born” In Greek Culture, Not Of It
10: Does Christianity Claim Western Heritage?
11: Where in the World is Christianity Found?
12: Pillars of Western Values
13: Western Orientalism
14: Eastern Influence in the West
15: Back to Jewish Roots

Conclusion: Not Western, Not Eastern–Christ is for all