Truth In The Narratives Of History

Jun 27th, 2020 | By

Telling the story of an individual is an important exercise, for a historical narrative often reveals the character of a person and the long-run effects of historical actors and events. We can learn much from narratives. The Bible is filled with historical narratives and, among other things, reveals the purposes and goals of God, who acts in space-time history to accomplish His redemptive plan. So, how culture tells a story—creates a narrative—is quite important.

John 3:16-36

Jun 23rd, 2020 | By

Jesus, the Son of God, did not come into the world to condemn the world, but to offer it salvation.

Racism And The Church: America’s Ugly Legacy

Jun 20th, 2020 | By

The brutal murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a city policeman comes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, massive unemployment and fear stoked by uncertainty and tragedy.  In addition, the nation lacks the calming moral leadership that can foster unity and oneness of purpose.  Instead, there is division and bullying.  The demonstrations that
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John 2:18-3:15

Jun 18th, 2020 | By

Jesus is not interested in superficial faith (2:23-25) but in a faith energized by the Holy Spirit (3:1-15).

Yoga: From Hindu Mysticism To Therapeutic Wellness And Empowerment

Jun 13th, 2020 | By

Today, yoga is part of a global wellness industry worth $25 billion. Alistair Shearer, a historian of Yoga, demonstrates that “in the US alone, the number of people doing yoga shot from 4 million in 2001 to more than 37 million by 2016.” Yoga today is associated with physical fitness, good health and clean living; 80% of yoga practitioners today are women. But few know that yoga has its roots in ancient and medieval India in the worldview known as Hinduism.

John 1:35-2:12

Jun 9th, 2020 | By

Jesus calls some of His disciples, with John stressing His various titles (e.g., Messiah, Son of God, Son of Man) and His first recorded miracle (“sign”) is at a wedding in Cana.

Important COVID-19 Observations And Lessons

Jun 6th, 2020 | By

The COVID-19 virus has disrupted our lives and devastated the American and indeed the world economy. No one can authoritatively declare when we will return to any semblance of “normal.” But, as with all things in life, are there lessons we can learn? Among many other things, it once again demonstrates how fragile life really is. It also demonstrates that if we trust in material things (e.g., our job, our wealth, our health) for our security, it can vanish almost instantly. I believe it is important and thoroughly biblical for us to learn from historical events.

John 1:5-34

Jun 4th, 2020 | By

John details Jesus as the Incarnate God who reveals grace and truth, who is the only unique Son of the Father, and who is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.