“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
In all of our giving, don’t forget that God gave first, to us. He gave His only Son, Jesus (God saves); Emmanuel (God with us).
In all of our relationships, don’t forget that God sought a relationship with us first. That is what we celebrate today: the arrival of God’s gift, His Son, on earth; God reaching out to us.
A couple of years ago, I came across Professor Grant Horner’s Bible-Reading System. It seemed like a really good system for getting through the whole Bible in a systematic way, but those flimsy paper bookmarks really drove me nuts. Continue reading
Did Jesus exist? Or was He a myth like Santa Claus. It’s a popular comparison.
It’s a comparison Wintery Knight tackles in his post Did Jesus exist? Agnostic historian Bart Ehrman debates Infidel Guy.
In it he says:
When I look at atheists, I do see a lot of belief without evidence, and I suspect that they are just projecting their childish Santa Claus epistemology on Christians.
He also provides a great video debate between Bart Ehrman and Infidel Guy regarding serious historians and the evidence for Jesus, making the Santa Claus comparison silly.
I highly recommend it.
There seems to be a misunderstanding of what the mission of Jesus’ Church is, and this misunderstanding is not limited to non-Christians. Many think that the mission of the Church is to combat poverty and help the poor, but this simply isn’t true. Continue reading
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity,” declared Washington, “Religion and Morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens. … [R]eason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”