Jesus is a historical (despite the protests of some) and spiritual figure who has divided people for centuries since his brief period of public ministry. It seems safe to say that no one has ever impacted the world in such a short time. No one could, except for one who came as the son of … Continue reading Lecture series: “Who was Jesus, and what does that mean for me?”
I want to address what many believe is the most diabolical, despicable, hateful word we can possibly use in 21st Century Christianity: Religion. Seems that way sometimes, doesn't it? Anyway, to do that, I'm trying something a little different. Since my thoughts on this were a little more in-depth (or in preacher-speak, I "ran long"), I … Continue reading Did Jesus really hate religion?
In Luke 17, Jesus gave his apostles a pretty difficult task: if your brother sins against you seven times in a day and repents each time, forgive him. Maybe that's the reason the apostles asked him in v. 5 to "increase our faith." After all, it takes a lot of faith to continually forgive someone … Continue reading Want to truly increase your faith? It will cost you your pride
It must have been an interesting spectacle, to say the least, when the two "kings" met. Herod was essentially the king of the Jews in the eyes of the Roman government, having been appointed the Tetrarch of Galilee by Caesar. He was at least nominally Jewish, although his lineage as an Idumean made him a … Continue reading Seeing the real Jesus