The Church: A Kingdom Counterculture

Aug 28th, 2021 | By

When the dignity of all humanity is disregarded, relegated or unintentionally overlooked by those in the body of Christ, the name of our God is disparaged. Believers are to mirror God: He loves all human beings; He values their existence and seeks to recognize their value as His image-bearers. God honors all human beings and has a vested interest in who they are as His creatures. He grants humans dignity and honors each one with responsible freedom. His protection of all humanity is reflected in His providential care (i.e., His common grace); in His love for them; and in His provision for their redemption through Jesus Christ.

A Crisis Of Confidence Within The Catholic Church: The Eucharist And The Latin Mass

Aug 21st, 2021 | By

At the very heart of Roman Catholic theology and practice is the Eucharist: The sacrificial presence of Jesus Christ in the elements of the Eucharist. At the prayer of consecration, the bread and the wine become the literal body and blood of Jesus. [The Church interprets the statements of Jesus, “This is my body” and “This is my blood” (Mark 14:22, 24), as the literal body and blood of Jesus. This doctrinal belief is called transubstantiation, which was made part of the official theology of Roman Catholicism in 1215.] It is His sacrificial presence which the believer receives when partaking of the elements that makes the Eucharist a sacrament, one of the several means by which God conveys salvific grace.

Mark 8:1-30

Aug 20th, 2021 | By

Jesus’ Messianic miracles are to prove He is the Messiah but also to teach His disciples, who eventually proclaim that “He is the Christ.”

The Victorious Church Of Jesus Christ: Iran And China

Aug 14th, 2021 | By

In Matthew 16:18 Jesus victoriously declared, “I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”[ESV] Yet, as we view the church in North America, victory does not seem to be the correct term to use. The church is in decline; toxic politics, discord over responding to COVID, and leadership failures are ripping it apart. At one level, discouragement, defeat and discord are more characteristic terms to describe the church in America. For some, the American church has lost its way; lost its passion; lost its power.

Mark 7:1-37

Aug 13th, 2021 | By

Jesus combats the perverted legalism of the Pharisees and heals Gentiles in Tyre and the Decapolis, all proving He is the Messiah

The Chosen: A Message Of Transformation

Aug 7th, 2021 | By

I have never appreciated Hollywood’s depiction of Jesus. Such movies, usually shown around the Easter season, seem superficial, contrived and lacking in authenticity. Other than Ben Hur, I have never watched an entire Hollywood movie on the subject of Jesus. But, there is a new movie series that I find compelling, authentic and stimulating. It is the [proposed] seven-part series, The Chosen, created, directed and co-written by American filmmaker Dallas Jenkins. First aired in 2019, it is the highest popularly-funded film project of all time.