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?"
Those who want to follow Jesus should expect persecution. It comes with the territory. As Jesus says in the gospel of Matthew, “A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his […]Read more "Don’t Fear the Reaper"
My understanding of the final judgment has changed quite a bit over the years. As a young Christian, I was taught that we would be judged by God immediately after death, and that the criterion for the judgment was our faith in Jesus. Those who had accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior would […]Read more "Judgment Day – Then and Now"