Christianity doesn’t have the place it once did in the West. This has raised a lot of questions for Christians, particularly those who actually believe in the historic faith. Some people think Christendom was a bad idea to begin with, others think it was good in principle but worked out badly, and still others lament … Continue reading "Christendom and Cross"
I have had some interesting discussions lately pertaining to the topic of Christian pacifism. By this, I mean the view that Jesus requires that all Christians forsake all violence in all (or nearly all) circumstances. This can include self-defense, defending others, participating in the coercive power of government, and military service. Now, depending on your … Continue reading "In Opposition to Christian Pacifism"
I preached yet again last night, and this is my manuscript. Due to the context, I ended up significantly compressing this sermon. What you’re reading here is much longer than what I actually preached. I thought that, before I begin tonight, I should tell you all a little bit about myself, but not too much, because … Continue reading "Son of David, King of Justice"
A sermon I preached this morning. I pray it will be of some edification. So, I am not one to get too political in the pulpit for the sake of simply avoiding unnecessary strife. Christians can and do disagree on political issues, though I do believe that Scripture and Christian preaching can and does have … Continue reading "Jesus the Prophet and the Word"
The New Testament frequently cites Old Testament prophecy about Jesus. A quick glance, even just through Matthew, shows just how much this was emphasized. Core to the Christian faith is the belief that Jesus fulfills the prophetic word of God in the Old Testament. The ancient Nicene Creed says Jesus “suffered death and was buried, and rose again on … Continue reading "Wait, How Is That Prophecy about Jesus?"
[This is the third post in my Bible study on Mark. See the others here.] As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD, make his paths … Continue reading "Jesus the Apocalypse: The Announcement of Elijah"
What do God’s redemptive plan and the movie Inception have in common? Complex layers within complex layers. If you don’t know Inception, the movie is about dreams, and involves dreams within dreams within dreams. Each dream is very different, but also very connected to the dreams on the higher and lower levels. The dreams are … Continue reading "Jesus the New and True Israel"