The Bible is a book of controversies. Sometimes it contains examples of disputes, such as Jesus’ discussions with the religious elite of his day (e.g., Mark 2:1-3:6); at other times, it generates them among modern readers. One of the more interesting conversations about Scripture regards the theological consistency between its authors. Some biblical authors explore… Read More Jesus Vs. Paul — Dewayne Bryant, Ph.D.
Jesus is the most significant figure in history. Polls and surveys often recognize him as such, even if they only gauge his impact through the influence of Christendom in the last two millennia. Christians understand his work to be farther-reaching, not only impacting and improving the lives of human beings but securing salvation for our… Read More Jesus: Both God and Man? — Dewayne Bryant, Ph.D.
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Lk. 19:10). With these words Jesus let the Jews at Jericho know why he had taken the time to visit a hated tax collector who had climbed a sycamore tree to see Him (Lk. 19:1-9). Our Lord had a mission, a purpose. … Read More What Jesus Said About Evangelism — Jon Mitchell
Several years ago, a cousin of mine was tragically killed in an automobile accident. “Laura” was a recent college graduate and was engaged to be married. Her death was a crushing blow to her many friends, family, and her fiancée. She had always been adored by her parents, certainly more than her younger brother had… Read More What Jesus Said About Our Mouths — Tim Bench
In the beginning…” Thus begins the biblical account of creation in Genesis 1:1. The creation of man and woman, made in the very image of God, served as the crowning act of God’s masterpiece (Gen. 1:27). Genesis 2:21-24 elaborates further on the creation of woman from the rib of Adam, and culminates in the first… Read More What Jesus Said About Divorce and Remarriage — Michael Grooms
Jesus loves the truth and hates false doctrine. Jesus’s love for truth is well known and fuels many happy thoughts: the truth sets us free (John 8:32), and Jesus wants the truth to set apart his followers (John 17:17). Truth was the centerpiece of our Lord’s defense in Pilate’s sham court (Luke 23:3). Truth attached… Read More What Jesus Said About False Doctrine — Dustin Forthun
The first twenty-six verses of the fourth chapter of the gospel of John provide for us an interesting discussion between two unlikely people. Let’s briefly take a look at this powerful and life-changing discourse. Let us look at the words of our Lord which not only changed the life of a Samaritan woman but the… Read More What Jesus Said To The Woman At The Well — Roy Knight
And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left” (Lk. 23:33). Luke records the beginning of the end in the life of Jesus upon the earth and documents the first two sayings of Christ from the… Read More What Jesus Said On The Cross — Steve Miller
There is an obvious contrast between the ecclesiasticisms of modern religious groups and the simplicity of church government in Christ’s original plan. Solomon wrote: “Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions” (Eccl. 7:29). Though this observation can have broader application, it certainly fits… Read More Scriptural Points on Church Government — David R. Pharr
As Christians, we often sing phrases like, “Jesus is Lord” and “He’s my king.” Jesus is not only our Savior from our sins, but He also the Supreme King we are to submit to in love. The reality of Jesus’ kingship/lordship is set forth throughout the Writings of the New Covenant, the covenant in His… Read More Jesus As King: An Old Testament Perspective — Gantt Carter
Church growth, in my experience, seems to have developed much like a game I grew up with, “Pass it On.” In this game, someone reads a message from a piece of paper, whispers the words to the next person and so on until the relayed message gets back to the person with the original. Even… Read More Jesus-Centered Evangelism — Edwin S. Jones
It has been said, “One who studies only the Bible doesn’t know much about it.” This statement recognizes the fact that we are so greatly removed from the original languages. Even what we can read “in black and white” is just a translation and “some things do get lost in translation.” Conversely “commentaries written by… Read More Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ — Robert Bedenbaugh, Jr.
Christians love to say and sing the words “Jesus is Lord,” because the phrase is a summary statement of biblical faith. It affirms not only that there is a God, but that the Person of Christ, has visited Earth as Jesus, the Son of Man, and has sacrificed Himself for the sins of the world… Read More “Jesus Is Lord”, A Controversial Phrase — Caleb Colley
We need to understand what the perspective of our Savior is according to the writings of the Quran, the Islamic Holy Book. Our faith centers around Christ and their faith centers around Muhammad and the words of the Quran that others wrote down after Muhammad’s death. Only among Christians is Jesus seen as the Son… Read More Jesus and the Quran – Stewart Schnur
How should Christians interact with government? The Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that Christians are to have no interaction at all. They teach that Christians should not vote, should not participate in national holidays, such as 4th of July and Memorial Day, and that Christians should not even pledge allegiance to the flag. Others not only condone… Read More Christians and Government – Brock Harwigsen