The last thing the Apostles’ Creed tells us about Jesus is that “He will come again to judge the living and the dead.” The parousia (or second coming) of Christ has been the subject of much fascination over the last two millennia; and it’s spawned a seemingly endless amount of speculation of just when Jesus […]Read more "The Apostles’ Creed, Part Six: “He Will Come Again to Judge the Living and the Dead”"
The resurrection of Jesus is probably the most essential tenet of Christianity. A person can be a Christian without believing everything in the Bible, or everything that a particular church tradition teaches. A person can have any number of understandings of Jesus’ atoning death and still be a Christian. A person can even question […]Read more "The Apostles’ Creed, Part Five: “On the Third Day He Rose Again”"
Right after telling us that Jesus was “born of the virgin Mary,” the Apostles’ Creed goes on to say, “He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.” For a long time, it bothered me that this creed (and the Nicene Creed in a similar fashion) skips over so much of Jesus’ […]Read more "The Apostles’ Creed, Part Four: “He Suffered Under Pontius Pilate”"
The virgin birth is a foundational part of Christianity for many people; but it’s not always clear why. Many have said that Jesus had to born of a virgin in order to be free from original sin – which is often believed to be transmitted through family lineage. But how would taking an earthly […]Read more "The Apostles’ Creed, Part Three: “Born of the Virgin Mary”"
The second line of the Apostles’ Creed reads, “I believe in Jesus Christ, His (God’s) only Son, our Lord.” Just like the first line of the creed (“I believe in God the Father”), there’s a lot packed into this short sentence. The term Christ literally means “anointed one.” It’s the Greek equivalent of the […]Read more "The Apostles’ Creed, Part Two: “I Believe in Jesus Christ”"
The Apostles’ Creed is one of the most concise statements of faith from the early church, and continues to be used in many (if not most) Christian churches today. In my home church, this creed is used at baptisms and confirmations. It’s seen as our basic statement of faith, summarizing what we feel is most […]Read more "The Apostles’ Creed Unpacked (Part One: “I Believe in God the Father”)"
Religion has become something of a byword for many people in this country. It’s not uncommon (even among Christians) to hear someone say they’re “spiritual, but not religious.” Very few Americans want to be identified as “religious” these days. To be fair, a lot of bad things have been done (and continue to be […]Read more "Why “Spiritual but Not Religious” Doesn’t Work For Me"