"Why are there so many English Bible translations?" I get asked that from time to time. The answer? So we can read the Bible. (The truth is, since the autographs (originals) of the Bible do not exist, every single Bible that’s ever been printed is, by definition, a translation.) But, it may be surprising that … Continue reading Why Are There So Many English Bible Translations?
"What's the definition of Christianity?" Have you ever been asked that question? If not, how would you answer it? How about beginning with letting God answer the question: For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received—that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was … Continue reading What Is the Definition of Christianity?
Mankind has never changed. The pharisees tried to make Jesus fit their agenda. The zealots tried to make Jesus fit their agenda. The Jews tried the same thing. And so on, and so on, and so on. So it is no surprise that socialists are trying to form-fit Jesus to their image. To do so … Continue reading Jesus Was No Socialist
Rioters are wanting to tear down statues of Jesus because he is “white and European." Now, I understand some of the reasoning: some churches have made Jesus white, republican and American. This, sadly, is true. But, it's the rare exception and certainly not the norm. Rioters, of course, themselves serving as judge and jury, have … Continue reading Jesus Was Neither White nor European
The picture immediately below has been making the rounds on social media. Its message is fallacious, religious propaganda created to plant seeds of doubt regarding the reliability of modern English translations by those who woodenly - and ignorantly - believe the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible is the only reliable English translation of … Continue reading KJV vs. NIV: Don’t be Deceived by This Nonsense
As a guy who spent 25 years in full-time Youth Ministry, I have a burning question that, with each passing year, weighs heavily on my heart and mind. But first, a disclaimer: There’s always debate between which is better: a digital copy of the Bible? Or one with real pages? One may be better for … Continue reading The Decline of the Bible in North America
In this social media/personal opinion driven culture we are in desperate need of truth. (Especially during election years.) “What is truth?”, Pilate asked Jesus. The great theologian, Foghorn Leghorn, used to say, “It’s more confusing than a termite in a yo-yo - which way is up?” Satan is a smooth operator. He usually includes a … Continue reading The Bible: Our True North
“Yet is was the Lord’s will to crush [his Son] and cause him to suffer...” (Isaiah 53:10) I’ve studied the book of Job (the “o” in “Job” is long as in “stove”) numerous times. But, until recently, I haven’t had the courage to read it devotionally (daily readings) since 2013 when my 19 year old … Continue reading The God Who Hurts Us
“Theology” simply means “the study of God.” That means all believers are theologians – or, at least, should be. To be clear - and fair - this does not mean that everyone is an academic or scholar i.e. someone who has made a career out of studying the Bible. But, nonetheless, we’re all biblically commanded … Continue reading Every Christian is a Theologian
In their 2004 book, Hell Under Fire, general editors, Christopher Moran and Robert Peterson write, A business was opening a new store, and a friend of the owner sent flowers for the occasion. The flowers arrived at the new business site, and the owner read the card, inscribed “Rest in Peace.” The angry owner called … Continue reading Hell Under Fire