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"
It’s no secret that Jesus likes to teach with parables. Why, we may wonder, is that? What’s the purpose behind this kind of teaching? In the 13th chapter of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus’ disciples ask Him just that – and the response they get is even more bewildering than the parables themselves! “To you it […]Read more "“To You it Has Been Given”: The Purpose of Parables"
In a recent blog post, I noted that the God I have come to know is not a vengeful God. In response, a frequent flyer on the Reddit discussion boards asked me, “Which God do you know, exactly?” He then gave me the following list of Scriptures: “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but give […]Read more "Is God Vengeful?"