Thursday, March 24, 2016

What is Easter? (Part 2: The Proof)

Everything I said about Jesus in Part 1 is taken from the Bible. Specifically, it is taken from four books of the Bible called Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These four books are known as the “gospels,” an Old English word meaning “good news.” They are also the first four books of the New Testament. Where the Old Testament had dealt primarily with God’s promises to the people of Israel, the New Testament described their fulfillment for the whole world in Jesus Christ.

What is Easter? (Part 1: The Story)

Easter is this Sunday, and as anyone knows who follows this ministry, it commemorates what I consider to be the most important event in human history. It is my hope, however, that there might be some new readers who are not so familiar with me. A post like this, especially at this time of year, is designed with the curious in mind. It is natural to have questions about God and what the Bible says about Him, and particularly about what was accomplished by Jesus Christ. So that is why I am writing today. I want to share with everyone what Jesus did, why we can trust Him, and what trusting Him means.

Friday, March 18, 2016

How Could Jonathan Love David?

There’s an old piece of literary advice that says to “write what you know.” And it’s good advice. After all, how are you really supposed to generate any passion or a sense of competence if you write on a topic you know nothing about? But I find there’s another level to it, too. A lot of times, I don’t just write what I know. I write what I know recently. You see, without being sent questions, which happens far too infrequently, I have to pick topics myself. Of course, the ideas for these articles do not just spring into my mind. They come to me from the things I have recently seen, heard, or read. That is the case again today.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Can Christians Be Cremated?

Hey everybody, before I get started I want to confess to dropping the ball on this one. I was asked this question last year, and I worked out a response, but for some reason I never wrote an article. I still don’t know how it slipped through the cracks. Fortunately, someone else asked me recently, so I have a chance to try again. But I just wanted to apologize to the person who brought it up first.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Why Don't Catholics Eat Meat During Lent?

The closer we come to Easter, the more people in this country tend to think about spiritual things. Obviously, that makes sense. The holiday commemorates the most important moment in all of time, when Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Every person’s reaction to that news is of cosmic importance. The annual celebration has enduring cultural impact, even drawing the attention of those who ignore church the rest of the year. It is not surprising to find people more curious now.