False Messiahs: Who Are They, Really?

According to the Bible, certain “birth pains” will presage the end of this world and the start of the next. Especially intriguing is the prediction in Matthew 24:24: “For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones.” Who exactly are these bedazzling, would-be saviors? We can only guess, but today’s devout technologists certainly fit the bill. Think about it. Technology—be it the web or a… Read more

Early Jesus-followers as a Hodgepodge of Competing Christianities: Rethinking a Popular Thesis

If you could travel back in time to the year 100 to visit several of the small Christian communities scattered across the Mediterranean world, what would you find? Read more

As It Is in Heaven

At some point in each of our lives, we have wondered what our purpose is for this place and time, in this context of flesh and bone. Were we thoughtfully created in a virtuous design by the imagination of a loving Creator? Or is our existence more random, particles of science left to chance, deriving whatever pleasure we can muster for the moment and leaving the rest to fickle fate? If we subscribe to the latter belief that our lives… Read more

A Time to Figure Out What We Need

When we are in anxiety inducing circumstances, we should figure out what we need and take those needs to God in prayer. Read more

How to Trust God When Bad Things Happen – and Keep Happening

Don’t allow your trials to hinder your trust and faith in what God is capable of. You are the example of His faithfulness. Read more

The Benedictine Public Square

We should not get upset if the Benedict Option does not fit in with America’s current sex and gender fads. These too will pass. Read more

Thoughts on a Church Closing

A church closing is a reminder of the declining reliance on the institution of divine worship, whatever practice; a post-religion society. Read more

From “Animal House” to a House of Animals? Middlebury and Today’s Students

by  J. Nick Pitts Previous generations’ college experiences were satirized by the film Animal House, but today’s college campus seems more a house of animals. While Animal House depicted college as continual party that promoted promiscuity and debauchery with little time for learning, today’s college experience seems more like a continual protest. These demonstrations are caused by a distrust in institutions, endemic to the millennial generation, and an overarching lack of historical understanding. Last week, a mob attacked conservative author… Read more

Why We Need the Benedict Option and How It Doesn’t Have to Return to Fundamentalism

Can the Benedict Option be different? How do proponents, as a church, community, or other organization, not relive the sins of the fundamentalist movement that began in the 1920s? Read more

Building Bridges Between the Black Church and the Israeli People

By Eliana Rudee On a chilly Friday morning in Jerusalem, 14 American Baptist leaders filed into Colel Chabad’s Pantry Packers packing plant, ready to prepare food for Israel’s underprivileged. Despite the cold, Michael Seiler, Manager of Liaison Services with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (“The Fellowship”), volunteered his Friday morning to brief the Baptist leaders, promising that this activity would warm everyone’s hearts. Indeed, hearts were warmed and bridges were built during the group’s weeklong tour around Israel,… Read more