Have you ever been reading an Old Testament passage and thought, How can this crazy story be in the same Bible that reveals the glorious character of Jesus? Or maybe you’ve been faithfully serving in a church for years but have heard few sermons out of the Old Testament, leading you to wonder, How does the Old Testament relate to the Christian faith? David Murray wrote "Jesus on Every Page" to answer questions like these.
This blog post examines the temptation narratives of Matthew 4 and Luke 4 and shows why the language used by the Evangelists rules out the Christadelphian interpretation that this is a figurative description of an internal struggle in the mind of Jesus.
How do we teach doctrine in a culture where the majority of people do not read books? How do we teach doctrine in a culture where many people did not finish their High School education? How do we teach doctrine in a culture where a person’s attention span is very short? Implicit within the question is another, more troubling, one: “Shouldn’t we just love people and tell them about Jesus instead of confusing them with ‘heavy’ teaching?”
The Christmas story is not simply the poetic and sweet story of a child's birth, welcomed by stars and angels. It's a violent war story. A cosmic war story. A conflict between fundamental forces of good and evil. As Mary labored in a place far from home, heaven and hell thundered and took up arms.
Does belief in the virgin birth make Christians “less intellectual?” Are we saddled with an untenable doctrine? Can a true Christian deny the virgin birth, or is the doctrine an essential component of the Gospel revealed to us in Scripture?
There is no way around it. Dealing with same-sex attraction is messy. There are many issues that, at least on the surface, do not seem clear. Take this question, for example: Is same-sex attraction (SSA) itself sinful, and if so, how should we deal with it? Here is my humble attempt at an answer.
Of course not. Paul does not have the right to sin. He doesn’t have the right to walk away from his ministry. So what is happening in v 12? And why does the NASB and KJV write, “All things are lawful for me” when we know they are not?