Clearly the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches. Thomas Aquinas Let's pretend that you have a choice in choosing your own Christian denomination (45,000+ in the world). You visit several different churches throughout the year and make an informed decision as to which one just might … Continue reading Which Church Would Jesus Choose?
I’m sitting here in my office at Starbucks this morning sipping on a dark roast. I’ve missed the jocularity of some of the old retired guys that frequent this place, talking about baseball and old times. I’ll look up from my computer on occasion and laugh at one of their jokes. Maybe I should ask … Continue reading What is so great about the great commission?
The Passion Story of Jesus on Good Friday is told in different ways by the Gospel writers and did not necessarily agree with each other. Coffee is especially good this morning on Good Friday. Here's what I've been pondering this morning - how Jesus must have felt after Pontius Pilate sentenced him to death. Each … Continue reading Which passion story of jesus is the true story?
I slept in a little this morning but I guess that’s the luxury of being retired. It’s quiet, I have my first cup of dark roast in hand, and God is already talking to me. The word “doubt” comes to mind for some odd reason. Doubt is one of those words that Christians are uncomfortable … Continue reading Doubt
Coffee! Coffee! The sun has finally risen. After my first cup of dark roast I got to thinking about the master copy of the Bible. Wouldn’t it be great if the original manuscript of the Bible existed? Wait! You didn’t realize that the original, the master copy of the Christian Bible does not exist? It … Continue reading No Master Copy
I was baptized in a Methodist Church, belonged to a Lutheran Church for many years where my son was baptized, went back to the Methodist Church for awhile, before attending a Non-denominational Christian Church. And not once did I ever have my feet washed! But, there are many Christian churches who practice this ritual - … Continue reading You Wash My Feet, I’ll Wash Yours!
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves." Matthew 7:15 It’s coffee time! I wonder if the apostles ever sat around the fire on a cold morning craving their coffee as I do? Just a thought. Here’s a question for you that's been bugging me for quite … Continue reading Super Apostles!
While perusing the Gospels this morning over coffee, I ran across a note in my Bible about the virgin birth of Jesus. The virgin birth stories are found only in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The rest of the New Testament writers either didn't know anything about it or thought that it must have … Continue reading Like a Virgin!
As a teacher, I always try very hard to simplify things. Over my first cup of coffee this morning I wanted to see if I could simplify Jesus' teachings by jotting them down briefly on a sheet of paper. I thought the Gospel of Matthew was a good place to start since Jesus did a … Continue reading “But I Say to You…”
Thou shalt not start the morning off without a great cup of coffee! One of God's missing commandments, well, in my mind anyway. The Ten Commandments and Bill Clinton were on my mind this morning. What the... I know what you're thinking. Remember back in 1998 when our President did not have "sexual relations" with … Continue reading The Adulterous Woman
Coffee is especially good this morning. After my first sip of dark roast the phrase "textual variant" popped into my mind - not sure why. Anyway, scholars of the Bible often talk about textual variants but I never paid much attention to it until I noticed a footnote in my Bible. The footnote said something … Continue reading Biblical Texting
My coffee is really good this morning. I prefer a dark roast but I'm willing to try just about anything. Hope you're enjoying a cup or two. I read something interesting as well as shocking the other day. The article stated that the divorce rate among Christians turns out to be the same rate as … Continue reading D-I-V-O-R-C-E
Having coffee this morning got me thinking about Jesus and his ministry here on earth. I can remember in Bible study class how we were taught that Jesus died when he was around 30 years old and that his ministry lasted about three years. I always trusted my pastor to be right but I wanted … Continue reading Jesus’ Age & Ministry