Why “Christianity,&r...

I was sitting in my office the other day gazing rather absent-mindedly at my library when my eye caught a book I hadn’t looked at in a while: Handbook of Denominations in the United States. I had to get this book in seminary for a church history class. Back then it was 320 pages long and described 225 religious groups in America. The vast majority, of course, are Christian denominations, because this is...

There’s No Alternati...

I’m not one for wearing t-shirts with clever messages. I never wanted wanted a bumper sticker on my car, so why would I want one on my shirt? There is one exception, and it’s a really geeky exception. In fact, I call it my Bible-geek shirt. It says, “presuppositionless exegesis is IMPOSSIBLE.” Part of the geekiness, of course, is in the large, obscure words. I mean, who talks like that? Geeks, that’s who....

The Power of Escalating Fo...

Practically everyone believes that violence is wrong, it is evil, and it is a huge problem all around the world. We long for peace that is real, that is lasting, and that is more than just an oasis in a desert of violence. We just can’t agree on what to do about it. Nor can we agree with what the Bible says about it. Or what Jesus’ stance on it is. Since I spend so much of my time writing about and...

“His Name Is John&rd...

When the Bible makes a big deal about a baby’s name, you better pay attention. No, I’m not talking about Jesus, though his name is significant. It means, “Yahweh saves,” and is also the name of the man (Joshua) who led the Israelites into the Promised Land, which is not without its own significance. But for now I’m talking about John. John was born to an old priest named Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth,...

Census, Cradles, and the C...

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. (Luke 2:1-4) There...

Presence, Not Presents

  Larry L. Eubanks, First Baptist Church, Frederick, Maryland, December 4, 2016 Today is the second Sunday in Advent, and the second in my Advent message series, A Cinematic Christmas, where we are looking at the biblical themes of the birth of Christ through the lens of some popular Christmas movies. Today it’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Now when we laid out this message series we decided to...

If Jesus Hadn’t Been...

Larry L. Eubanks, First Baptist Church, Frederick, Maryland, November 27, 2016 In the modern age, Christmas movies and TV shows are as much a part of Christmas as Christmas trees and Christmas carols. When I was growing up, my brothers and I would carefully scan the TV guide every week to make sure we didn’t miss “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Those were the prehistoric...
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