The initial group of followers of Jesus that came to be known as his "apostles" were all Jewish. Did they later become Christians? How does "religion" work in the first century? Why does all of this matter to me if Jesus loves me, died for me, and I'll be with him forever? If we want… Read More »
On the night Jesus was betrayed, he took bread and wine and associated the Passover (Exodus 12) with his death. But he also connected it with his return and the establishing of the kingdom of God (Luke 22:14-23). This short teaching was given to a group of students at Texas A&M University in April 2022.
Carols, greeting cards, and church bulletins all proclaim Christmas is about "joy" and "peace". But this year, there doesn't seem to be much of that in the world. So, what gives? When Christmas is placed in context to the larger story of the Bible, the reason for joy and peace becomes much clearer.
Mary, did you know... that your baby boy... would one day rule the nations? Yep, she did. Learn what Mary knew about Jesus from the angel Gabriel and how she connected her story to the larger story of God's dealings with the nation of Israel.
Our modern Christmas songs and hymns describe a "choir of angels" that appear at the birth of Jesus, but is that how the Bible describes them? In this third episode of "The Myths of Christmas", learn a bit more about who these angels were, and why it greatly matters for your future.
Was there no room in the local hotels in Bethlehem for Mary and Joseph to have their baby? Did the townspeople slam doors in their face as they rushed around looking for a place to bear a child? In this second episode of "The Myths of Christmas", learn a bit more about what an "inn"… Read More »
When was Jesus of Nazareth born? Was it on December 25th? Does it matter? In this first short episode of "The Myths of Christmas", I'll discuss the limited evidence we have regarding the date of Jesus' birth and the importance of knowing the larger story surrounding Christmas.
As a ministry intern and Bible school student, I earnestly prayed to "know God's heart". He answered that prayer as I simply opened up the pages of scripture and understood the larger narrative of redemptive history. In this video, I talk a bit about the covenants that God made with the nation of Israel and… Read More »
Many Gentile Christians avoid reading the Old Testament, perhaps because it's perceived as irrelevant or "fulfilled" by Jesus' first coming. But the Old Testament speaks of SO much more than Jesus dying on the cross for the sins of the world. It holds out a clear, certain hope through a larger story involving God's covenants… Read More »
The first century Jewish follower of Jesus anticipated a climactic day of judgment and justice. In a world still filled with wickedness, oppression, and injustice, disciples of Jesus should be proclaiming something very different than an ethereal future that involves playing a harp and floating on a cloud forever. God has given certainty regarding this… Read More »
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