What Killed Jesus Will Kill Us Too

History repeats itself, they say. They’re wrong. We’re just too stubborn to learn from history. The Maccabean period of Jewish history, which started with the revolt led by Judas Maccabeus in 167 B.C.E., is crucial in understanding the times in which Jesus lived and the New Testament was born. It also has a...

The Bible, Government, and the Law

There was a whole lot of Bible-quoting going on in the news last week, and most of it poorly done. That’s what happens when you marshal selected verses out of context to provide support to whatever policy you want to justify. The verse in question was Paul’s statement in Romans that human government has a...

Don’t Invite Jesus Into Your Life!

Growing up in a Baptist church I was always taught the importance of inviting Jesus into your life. Sin had messed up our lives, and we each needed to ask Jesus to come into our lives and save us from the mess that sin had caused. Truth be told, however, my life wasn’t all that messed up. Seriously, the...

“Me Too” is Shifting Complementarians

In evangelical circles there is an ongoing debate between two views of the proper relationship between husbands and wives as prescribed by the Bible. The first, most traditional view, is the Complementarian View. In this view the husband is the head of the household and holds ultimate authority over the...

When God Provides An Escape, and When He Doesn’t

What happens when the earthquake doesn’t come? In Acts 16, Paul and his companion Silas are thrown in prison in Philippi. They had delivered a young girl from a spirit of divination, and this angered some powerful men who had enslaved her and profited from her fortune-telling ability. Now out of a...

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