Vocation as Worship

All of life is worship.  This is something that true regardless of one’s religious affiliation or faith commitment.  Whatever is thought about the most, whatever is worried about the most, and whatever costs the most time is what is worshipped.  When one becomes a Christ follower, then those things that were once worshipped are unseated …

Why Are There So Many Bible Translations?

This is a really good and concise review of Bible translations. Well worth the read.

Help Me Believe

Who ever thought that buying a Bible would be an overwhelming experience? You just go to the store and grab one, right? Well…no. You go to the store and you have to choose between this translation and that translation, between this study Bible and that study Bible. It’s more difficult than it should be.

So if you are looking for a new Bible, which translation should you choose? I thought that if I shared with you about the translation process and the differing methods used, it would help you make a more informed decision.

Some Translation Difficulties

As you know, the sixty-six books of the Bible were not written in English. The original authors, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote in three languages: Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic. With the exception of a few words, the entire New Testament was written in Greek. Most of the Old Testament was written in…

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The Church in Postmodern Post-Christian America – and that’s the good news!

Dealing with our postmodern culture is one of the most important issues the American church is facing today.  In the lecture on just what the church is, Dr. James Flynn with the help of Dr. Joseph Umidi, reviewed how institutionalism has had adverse effects on the church – often times shutting down creativity and enhancing …

Did Jesus Rise From the Dead?

Following up from Good Friday – Happy Resurrection Day! He is risen, He is risen, indeed!

Help Me Believe

For the past several weeks leading up to Easter, we have been examining possible natural theories of the Resurrection. We have found them all wanting. If we are going to believe in the Resurrection and present it as true, we will need more than negative arguments against other theories. Is there any positive evidence for the Resurrection? Today, on Easter Sunday, we will make a positive case for the Resurrection.

Jesus Died by Crucifixion.

That Jesus died by crucifixion is one of the strongest attested facts surrounding the event. The historical data is overwhelming. All four Gospels record the events of his crucifixion, and I will quote three early historical sources here:

“When Pilate, upon hearing him [Jesus] accused by men of the highest standing among us, had condemned him to be crucified” (Josephus, Jewish Historian).

“Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated…

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