The Summit Lecture Series 26: Is Christ the Only Way? part 6 with Brett Kunkle

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To purchase the entire Summit Lecture Series, Vol. 1 on DVD, go to: summit.orgWhat do the primary source documents pertaining to the life of Jesus Christ tell us about Him?First off, Jesus made explicit claims to be God. John 10:30“I and the Father are one.” Now, when we look at the full context of this verse, we see that upon hearing this, the religious leaders who were there picked up rocks and prepared to stone Jesus for the very reason that He – a man – was claiming to be God. … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Closet Christian: What Makes A Story Good and Which Story Do We Prefer?

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[display_podcast]When I hear the word “story”, I think of something epic, adventurous and intriguing.  There’s battle, sport, magic, and romance.  There’s a beginning, middle and end and some sort of conflict.But when I hear the word “Bible”, all that comes to mind is a heavy brick of a book full of strict rules with harsh and exclusive undertones and overtones.  I don’t instinctively think of the Bible as a “good story”.  I don’t think of it having battles, magic or romance.But as I … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 31: Walking in the Spirit – Gentleness

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[display_podcast]In the Greek a detailed description of the word gentleness means meekness, mildness, forbearance.    This is not an outward expression of feeling, but an inward grace of the soul, calmness toward God in particular.  It is the acceptance of God's dealings with us considering them as good in that they enhance the closeness of our relationship with Him.  This kind of meekness does not blame God for the persecutions and evil doings of men.  It is not the result of weakness, but … [Read more...]

Meeting People Head On with Ray Schmautz 1: A Game of Inches

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When I was a boy, my super-athletic brother was my hero.  As a grade-schooler, I would bring in news clippings of him and share them during show and tell, bragging, “This is my big brother!”  So, it was only natural that I set out to be as good of an athlete as he was.By the time that I got into high school, I walked onto the school campus for the first time and one of the football coaches approached me and asked, “Ray, do you think that you’ll ever be as good as your brother was?”  Up til th … [Read more...]

Real Stuff My Dad Says 54: Heaven Is For Real

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[display_podcast]It’s been said that this is the year of faith-based entertainment with movies such as Son of God, Noah, God is Not Dead, Left Behind, Exodus and Mary, Mother of Christ due to hit theaters.One such movie that my dad is especially excited about is based on a book that greatly inspired him a couple of years ago – Heaven Is For Real.In the book, Todd Burpo writes that during the months after his son's emergency surgery in 2003, his son Colton began describing events and p … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Closet Christian: Only Old People Attend Church

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[display_podcast]When I hear the word “church”, I think of little old ladies who bake delicious cookies and wear cardigans all year because they’re always cold.  Or I think of a glorified rock concert.  The worship team has sprung “Moves Like Jagger”, and they seem to be more focused about entertaining than glorifying God.  It’s silly.  It’s kitschy.  And I don’t buy it.  It’s not sincere.The Church is a hard thing.  It’s not just a place.  It’s a group of people.  Many people attend chur … [Read more...]


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