Christians need to pick their battles. In part one of this series I mentioned minutia, and how we shouldn't get caught up in it. Where did Cain get his wife? Why are there differences in Bible versions? How come Christians are such hypocrites? Or other trivialities. Critics of the faith will find something to dispute, no … Continue reading Defending YOUR faith: Why It’s Important–Part II
Strong relationships rely on good communication. I need to communicate in a way that is conducive to learning. With adults in particular, the old classroom setting with the authoritarian teacher demanding attention, that they learned to loathe when they were children, must be abandoned. These are God’s students; I am merely the messenger. These students … Continue reading Teaching the Bible: It’s About the Relationship-Part II
We are expected to defend what we believe, not only to demonstrate to the world the truth of Christianity but, more importantly, to keep our faith strong. We even have a name for the discipline: apologetics. Even the scriptures record various doubts and crises of faith among the giants of the New Testament: John the Baptist, Peter, … Continue reading Defending YOUR Faith: Why It’s Important Part I
The American Heritage Dictionary 4th Edition defines the word ‘teach’ as to “impart knowledge or skill; to instruct in; to cause to learn by example or experience.” It further defines ‘teacher’ as one who teaches, especially one hired to teach. Biblically, of course, this definition misses the mark. While a Bible teacher certainly is interested … Continue reading Teaching the Bible: It’s About the Relationship. Part I
The raising of Lazarus takes place during the last winter of Jesus’ life, prior to the last Passover. It marked the high point of His ministry in the neighborhood of Jerusalem, making a final plea to the Jews on the basis of miraculous signs. It is appropriate for Jesus to use this event, a confrontation … Continue reading The Resurrection & The Life: What do YOU believe?