CHRIST’S SACRIFICE ONCE AND FOR ALL: A QUICK REFLECTION ON YOM KIPPUR

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In reflection on this Yom Kippur, I turned to Hebrews 10 to be reminded of the importance of this day. On the Jewish calendar, this is the most holy and sacred day; the day when the high priest could enter into the Holy of Holies, the place where the presence of God, YHVH dwelled. It was there that every year the blood of sacrificed animals was sprinkled and spread on the Arc of... Read More

APOLOGETICS: DEFENSE OF THE BIBLE BEFORE THEOLOGY

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In every generation, serious questions are raised about the Bible and Christianity. Most of these questions recurs over and over again. And while a great deal of these concerns circulate around whether or not the Christian ethical system is still relevant today, this is a secondary concern. The primary concern comes before the ethical question, but how one answers the primary question... Read More

“If you believe in God, what sort of evidence would it take to convince you that God did not exist?”

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Creation of Adam by Michelangelo While talking Theology with my brother Nathan, he asked he this loaded question that a professor of his asked his class: “If you believe in God, what sort of evidence would it take to convince you that God did not exist?” Here was my response: “That blue is not blue, heat is not warm, light does not illuminate, and that no one is... Read More

THE GOSPEL WAS ALWAYS PLAN A: GALATIANS 3:6-14

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From the foundations of the earth, God’s eternal purpose was the gospel. One might wonder, however, what was the function of the Old Testament in general and the law specifically. After all, aren’t we to live good and moral lives according to the 10 Commandments and all? Good people go to heaven, right? Sure, good people go to heaven. The problem is, there is only one who is... Read More

Jesus Perfects You, Not Your Own Efforts: Galatians 3:1-6

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Image by Rooted Law lovers—a very serious accusation in the ancient church. Of all the errors that Paul dealt with, this was paramount—not radical theologies, wild prophets claiming to have a new “revelation” from God, or fantastic healing oils secreted from some holy man’s feet that could be yours for three easy payments of $9.99. No, the error is far more basic and deeply... Read More

If We Are “Perfect”, Why Don’t I See Perfect People?

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Image by Taylor; through a lens The gospel has made significant inroads into religious Christian communities all over the world as of late. However, one common complaint heard from the religious is “Where are these perfect people?” In their mind, the answer to this rhetorical question is “no where.” There are no perfect people, or if they are “perfect”, it is only a... Read More

Grace + Nothing

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Image by Jenifer Su Jesus Christ transforms. His cross transforms. The will and act of God alone to take human form and to rescue humanity from their plight transforms. Unwittingly, so many in the Church have undercut the cross and what Jesus accomplished on it. He rescued us. If in fact we can agree upon this basic Christian, gospel tenant, can we really say that we rescue ourselves?... Read More

Actions Demonstrate What We Place Our Faith In—Law or Christ: Galatians 2:1-21

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Image by Blake Burton Too often faith is backward. Understandably, with everything else in life, what we do determines who of what we are. As the adage goes, “You are what you eat.” Indeed, if you want to be a fit person, you must eat right and exercise. The kingdom of heaven is not like this. Despite what some ministers, pastors, and churchies in general tell you, you are not... Read More

Know Your Identity: You Are Not Defined By What You Do But By Who You Are

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Image by Walker4412 I have a confession to make. I got a treadmill for Christmas—last Christmas; I have not used it once. I, like some of you and certainly like most Americans, have made a resolution to lose weight this year. I have resolved to eat better and become more healthy. Why do we make resolutions like this? Why do we make resolutions at all. If you think about it, the... Read More

The Gospel of Christ, Not the Gospel of Men—Galatians 1:1-2

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Image by Matthew Adam Blair The dream of Christian unity was just that, a dream. From the earliest sources, one thing is quite clear: the Church was not united. THE CHURCH, as in the mystical body of Christ, was and is “one” both with itself and with the Trinity—that seems to be without question. But the unity of the physical church was fractured, even in its earliest stages. This... Read More

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