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

Abortion and the Wrong Side of History

Not long ago I came across an article by Frederica Mathewes-Green in The National Review, titled “When Abortion Suddenly Stopped Making Sense”.

Not only was it one of the most emotionally moving stories told by a pro-life woman that I’ve ever heard, it also had something profound to say beyond merely reinforcing the “pro-life cause.” Sadly, in America it is a cause that often finds itself bound up in hypocrisy, misogyny, and self-righteous promotion of a secluded family life that exiles the forgotten, in the name of—maybe—saving children. Continue reading