Category: Gospel

Can a person truly have faith without living like they do?

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Originally published December 20, 2016

Vegans.

When you’re a vegan, you don’t eat meat or use animal products. Being vegan is a lifestyle.

Now if I said that I was vegan and invited you over to my place for dinner, and you said what are we having “surt and turt….we’re having some fish and steak” and then I was washing it down with a glass of milk, and my kitchen table was on a bearskin rug, and I was eating the meal with ivory handled silverware while wearing a fur coat, and we were facing my trophy wall that had deer heads….” You might start to think “you’re not vegan.”

Jesus: cross-examined

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Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons @Claudio Ungari

Originally published September 21, 2016

We see symbols everyday. Symbols of peace, strength, royalty, and victory.

Within Christianity, there is no greater symbol than the cross, something so obvious that we take it for granted. Something so pervasive, so associated with Christianity that we might not even question it.

But why is the cross the symbol?

Doubtless there could have been other symbols used.

Sexual abuse victim preaches gospel at sentencing

It’s the best sermon I’ve heard in a long time. The truth and weight of her words were astounding.

Rachael Denhollander was one of the many victims of former USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. His abuse of Denhollander started in 2000 when she was 15. Today, Denhollander is a lawyer, and was the first of his victims to come forward with his abuses.

Yesterday, she was the final person to speak at Nassar’s sentencing.

In our early hearings. you brought your Bible into the courtroom and you have spoken of praying for forgiveness. And so it is on that basis that I appeal to you. If you have read the Bible you carry, you know the definition of sacrificial love portrayed is of God himself loving so sacrificially that he gave up everything to pay a penalty for the sin he did not commit. By his grace, I, too, choose to love this way.

500 years of Reformation

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500 years ago today, the history of the church, of Europe, and of the western world were forever changed in the town of Wittenberg Germany. Martin Luther wrote his 95 theses, a list of grievances against corrupt and unbiblical practices within the Catholic Church. The impact of this event continues to ripple throughout the Christian world.

Luther was not the first person to call for reform in the church.