The Bible and Slavery?—Part I

The Bible and Slavery?—Part I

One of the questions used to confront Christianity these days centers on the claim that the Bible teaches slavery.  From inside the church, the claim is made by those who do not want to accept one Biblical teaching or another. “Well the Bible teaches slavery so we do...
Jesus Displays Truth

Jesus Displays Truth

A Pastor was once given a pie by a parishioner.  It was bad. After one taste by the family members, it was quickly tossed in the garbage.  But a few days later, as you would expect, the parishioner asked how he liked the pie. He responded, “A pie like that does not...
Freedom or Autonomy

Freedom or Autonomy

I would like to share with you a word that some of you may not be familiar with, but it is one that has become very important in our world.  I want to share this word with you because it has a distant cousin which is used often. These two words, or at least their...

Jesus as the Only Way, Part 2

The issue of the deity of Jesus is a central aspect of the debate over claiming that he is the only way to God.  We seem to often overlook the simple connection that if Jesus is God, then he is the only way because he is also the destination.  You can get to...

Jesus as the Only Way, Part 1

The notion that Jesus is the only way (to God, to heaven) may be the most challenged doctrine of the Christian faith today.  People oppose this notion from a number of different perspectives and it is not just from those outside the church.  A few years ago the Pew...