John 1:1 reads, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (ESV) But not so fast! These astonishing statements at the beginning of John’s gospel are traditionally understood to tell us two key, unique aspects of orthodox Christian belief: Jesus is God, and God is at … Continue reading Is Jesus “a god”? John 1:1 & the Jehovah’s Witness Translation
AN EMAIL Dear brothers and sisters in Messiah! All believers listen up! In Galatians 1, Paul says that there is only one gospel and those who teach a different one are under a curse. In 2 Peter 3:14-17, Peter warns that many will misinterpret Paul’s difficult to understand writings, resulting in lawlessness and destruction. Paul … Continue reading Must Christians Follow the Old Testament Law? Paul’s Smackdown of the Galatians
After Jesus’ arrest, Peter — one of Jesus closest disciples — denied association with Jesus three times and the rest of the remaining 12 “inner circle” disciples ran off, abandoning Jesus (Mark 14:50). Even if we were to take a skeptical stance when reading the Gospels, this doesn’t seem like an invented detail by the early … Continue reading The Resurrection Witness of “Half-Frantic” Women: The Significance of the Women Witnesses
As both an apologist and pastor, divine blessings was a topic I needed to grasp because of the prevalence of the “prosperity gospel” and “health and wealth gospel.” Even if a Christian doesn’t subscribe to the false prosperity gospel, understanding biblical blessings is essential to addressing a sort of prosperity gospel thinking that intersects with … Continue reading Understanding Divine Blessing: Does the Prosperity Gospel Get It Right?
Not everyone is motivated by logic. And when that’s the case, all communication breaks down. Just like there are laws of physics that are undeniable, there are also laws of logic. The Christian worldview believes there’s a divine intelligence behind creation, so it makes sense in the Christian worldview that these immaterial, universal laws of … Continue reading 5 Common Logical Mistakes to Avoid (esp. on Social Media)