Category: Commentary

Why Jesus? Couldn’t there be another way?

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“Atonement” is a theological word that gets mentioned. In short, atonement refers to the work that Christ has done for those who have faith in Him to earn their salvation.

I think people sometimes approach the gospel with skepticism. Jesus died for the sins of all who believe in him.

I know I used to ask was “why do we need this? Why do we have to believe in Jesus? Is sin such a big deal? Why is he the only way?” Continue reading “Why Jesus? Couldn’t there be another way?”

Eclipsalypse Now

Is anyone else so psyched out about the solar eclipse tomorrow that you’re basically afraid to look out the window or else you’ll instantly be blinded and die?

When I was a kid, there was an eclipse, and we had to have inside recess that day. Feel like this implicitly gave us the message “the eclipse should be feared!”

My mental image of the outside during the eclipse is some sort of post-apocayliptic scene in a futuristic science fiction movie.

Harvard’s war on fraternities

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From the Harvard Crimson,

A faculty committee has recommended that the College forbid students from joining all “fraternities, sororities, and similar organizations”—including co-ed groups—with the goal of phasing out the organizations entirely by May 2022.

In a 22-page report released Wednesday morning, the committee proposed that the policy—which would replace existing penalties for members of the social groups that are set to go into place in the fall—apply to students entering in the fall of 2018.

In the committees report they say that “In order to move beyond the gendered and exclusive club system that has persisted — and even expanded — over time, a new paradigm is needed…one that is rooted in an appreciation of diversity, commitment to inclusivity and positive contributions to the social experience for all students.” Continue reading “Harvard’s war on fraternities”

Hypocrites in church isn’t the issue. Faithless pseudo-Christians are the issue.

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A lot of people don’t want to be in a church because?

Because the church is full of?

Hypocrites.

Churches are filled with hypocrites. Continue reading “Hypocrites in church isn’t the issue. Faithless pseudo-Christians are the issue.”

JFK at 100

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John F. Kennedy was the Steve McQueen of presidents. His family were the reality stars before the Kardashians.

He would have turned 100 years old today. But he’s forever frozen in time as the vibrant, handsome president of the early 60s.

Ever since I was a kid, the presidency has fascinated me and JFK has been part of that fasciation. He’s often considered to be one of our ten best presidents. He continues to have one of the highest favorability ratings among former presidents. Kennedy biographer Robert Dallek Continue reading “JFK at 100”

Jesus and the Last Supper: more than just a meal

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As part of Holy Week, Maundy Thursday is recognized this evening. It was the night in which Jesus ate the Last Supper with his disciples. The time in which Jesus died corresponded with the Jewish holiday of Passover. And the Last Supper was the first night of Passover. An annual dinner for Passover is held, called a Seder, which is the Hebrew word for “order.” In 3,500 years, rabbinical tradition and teaching helped to form the ceremony of the Seder.

Some of these pieces were traced back to the original Passover. Others came in Jewish history from rabbinical traditions. Continue reading “Jesus and the Last Supper: more than just a meal”

Sunday to Friday: Save us! To Crucify!

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Jesus enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey. It’s a festive scene. Passover week, one of the most significant holidays in the Jewish calendar. Jesus has been preaching throughout the region of Galilee. He has built up quite the following: teaching on the kingdom of heaven and performing miracles.

And here he enters the holy city, the crowds shouting “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:9). Palm branches had become a Jewish symbol of victory and the crowds bring these branches out as they chant. The processional they created was somewhat makeshift, but it had kingly overtones. They’re treating him like someone who was returning to Jerusalem after having conquered an enemy. Ironically, he was coming into Jerusalem to conquer sin. Continue reading “Sunday to Friday: Save us! To Crucify!”