A typical Christian in the world today might say their favorite book of the Bible is perhaps the Gospel of John, the Psalms, Romans, or maybe even Revelation. But many Christians would probably be shocked to learn what my favorite book is. In this short video I reveal what it is and why. The reason… Read More »
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.
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.
History paints a vivid picture of the persistence of evil, injustice, and unrighteousness among the sons of men. Is that going to go on forever? Why hasn't God stepped in to end evil and suffering? The Bible makes it clear that God does have an appointed end in mind and will certainly bring it to… Read More »
In Romans 13, the Apostle Paul exhorts the disciples in Rome to "cast off the works of darkness" and to live "as in the daytime", because "the night is far gone" and "the day is at hand". Paul understands that what motivates discipleship - right belief and right living in light of that belief -… Read More »
In Matthew 6, Jesus tells his followers to not be anxious or worried about their lives in this age, but instead to "seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness" - to look ahead with anticipation to all that God had promised in his covenants with Israel. Even 21st century Gentiles who have been… Read More »
What does Jesus' death on the cross deliver us from? Is his sacrifice primarily about our forgiveness so that we can have a restored relationship with God now and go to heaven when we die? When we see the words of Jesus and the apostles from within a first century Jewish apocalyptic worldview, the story… 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 »
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