Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Counterfeit Jesus

If any man preaches any gospel other than that which you received from us, let him be accursed.” 

Roaring Lion - Photo by Lemuel Butler on Unsplash
When I was a young Christian, I listened to Christian voices from many churches and ministries, which certainly exposed me to divergent interpretations within the larger Christian community. However, it also seemed that, despite occasional differences, most churches were proclaiming the same Jesus, the Son of God who gave his life for the sins of the world - [
By Lemuel Butler on Unsplash].

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Earthquakes and Such

If recent earthquakes in “various places” are harbingers of the end, what makes one quake “prophetic” but not another? 

Earthquake - Photo by John Middelkoop on Unsplash
When I was a young Christian, books on the end-times were hot sellers. We were all eager to know just “when” we were on God’s prophetic clock, and what were the “signs of the times” whereby we could know just how close the “end” was. Well, that, at least, was why I devoured such books. After all, was I not a member of the “last generation”? - [
Photo by John Middelkoop on Unsplash].

Monday, September 13, 2021

Recognizing Jesus

Cross seaside - Photo by Soul devOcean on Unsplash
In Mark, all men prove incapable of recognizing who Jesus is, even his closest disciples. The only exceptions are John the Baptist and the Roman centurion at Golgotha, the very man in charge of the execution squad. Mark has threaded this theme throughout his gospel to make the point – The Messiah cannot be understood apart from his death on a Roman cross - [Photo by Soul devOcean on Unsplash
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Thursday, July 8, 2021

No Middle Ground

Lamb behind fence - Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash
In the Book of Revelation, humanity is divided into two, and only two, camps. First, the men who “tabernacle in heaven.” Second, the “inhabitants of the earth.” The descriptions are NOT geographical or spatial. They reflect the allegiance of either group. The first consists of men who “follow the Lamb wherever he goes.” The latter includes all who render homage to the “beast.” There is no third option - [
Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash].

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Destiny and Purpose

Sun Burst - Photo by Huper by Joshua Earle on Unsplash
When I was a wrong man, I found life disturbing. Having developed an interest in history, the more I read, the more inexplicable reality became. Human society, past and present, was characterized by inequality, injustice, and, above all, warfare. If human existence meant a lifetime of struggle and disappointment, and, in the end, darkness and death, what was the point? And what was my “purpose” in the grand scheme of things? - [
Photo by Huper by Joshua Earle on Unsplash].