Easter Musings…Dead Man Walking

Last year, I was teaching a class of teenagers about the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. I was regularly using the language of “bodily resurrection” to refer to the event we now remember as Easter morning. Eventually, a student raised her hand and said, “What do you mean by the word ‘bodily’?” At first, I was a little surprised to hear this question. On second...

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Interpreting the Bible

Good biblical interpretation is essential if for no other reason than bad biblical interpretation exists. One of my favorite New Testament scholars, Ben Witherington III, tells a humorous story that illustrates my point. Decades ago, Ben and a friend were driving through the desert when their car broke down. They were fortunate enough to be picked up by an elderly...

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Beliefs?

When examining the historic biblical Christian faith, there is no better place to start than with what C.S. Lewis called “Mere Christianity.” Mere Christianity is that which has been believed everywhere, always, and by all.” What beliefs have Christians always held for 2,000 years? Well, here they are… 1.      I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and...

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The Bible Misunderstood…?

The Bible is a great book! Many people think it is riddled with problems, contradictions, and fables. However, most of the accusations against it are gross misunderstandings. When I was going to school in Ohio (a small Bible College in Columbus) I would go over to the Ohio State University with a couple of friends and join with a secular group. This atheistic group was...

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The Bible – My New/Old Topic

The Bible is considered to be the greatest selling book of all time. It can be read in under a year by spending just 20 minutes a day covering its pages. It has often been banned by dictatorial governments throughout the world. Missionaries to this day smuggle it into countries where they believe its truth will change hearts, minds, and whole societies. Many churches...

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A Celebration of Women

Since it was just International Women’s Day, I thought I would highlight some of the women in the Bible. This is by no means an exhaustive list. 1.       Mary the Mother of Jesus: Jesus’ mother is not just considered a mom, although that role was incredibly important. She is also considered a great example of faith. She is the New Testament counterpart to the man of...

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