There may be no more controversial statement that we Christians will make then to claim that Jesus is the only way to God.You will find that people are going to take offense to this claim, but we should actually expect this. The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:8 that Jesus is “a stone of stumbling and the rock of offense.” It’s Biblical: we should expect people to get offended when we talk about Jesus. So, if you make the claim that Jesus is the only way, the response is going to be quick and fas … [Read more...]
The Summit Lecture Series 21: The Problem with Pluralism: Is Christ the Only Way? with Brett Kunkle?
[display_podcast]Suzanne Lederer leads us in connecting with God through Lectio Divina. Isaiah 49:14-16 (NIV)14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.”15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! 16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me. Check out http://suzannelederer.com for a deeper look into the age old … [Read more...]
[display_podcast] Matthew 6:16-1816 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. OK! You may well be wondering, “Are we real … [Read more...]
[display_podcast]Galatians 5:22-23 says: “But the fruit of the Holy Spirit the work which His presence within accomplishes is love, joy…” let's stop there for a moment and talk about Joy:Joy, what a source of attractiveness to a broken and needy world. It makes sense that joy is the second characteristic of the fruit of the spirit. Love melts the heart of stone. Joy touches the deepest part of that heart. We need joy, and our world needs believers who evidence the fruit of joy. Rem … [Read more...]
[display_podcast]When I was a boy, I clearly remember playing badminton with my dad in our little backyard, behind our mobile home in Rancho Cucamonga. In the middle of our fun time, the birdie inadvertently fluttered over our waist-high chain link fence and fell into our neighbor’s yard.THAT neighbor’s yard!She came out yelling and screaming of how us rotten kids were going to break her windows with our incessant rowdy play! (keep in mind, Dad and I were playing badminton… not kick … [Read more...]
[display_podcast]Children’s response to going through the divorce is as varied as the kids themselves. Some have a very hard time with it while others seem to take it in stride. My son, who was four at the time of our divorce, took it quite well. He never showed signs of anger and seemed quite content. In fact, as an adult, he has remarked how he felt it was for the best and never regretted the divorce. He saw his dad and dad’s family often and everyone loved on him, I am grateful that h … [Read more...]