Why do you say the Old Covenant is “obsolete”? Because in Hebrews 8:13 we read: “By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear.” But, how can the OT be obsolete if Jesus said he did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it? Jesus said: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them… Read more

  “But the Day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.” (2 Peter 3:10) There’s a lot of bad theology out there that frames scriptures like this one in a futurist light, as if what is being described here is some event that has never happened and still needs to occur before Christ returns. But this… Read more

  Remember when our nation’s leaders commissioned a giant fresco painting in the dome of the U.S. Capitol building which depicts George Washington becoming a god and sitting next to other pagan Roman gods like Minerva, Neptune, Vulcan and Mercury? Wait…what? Yes. It’s true.  America – supposedly a “Christian Nation” – hired an Italian Greek artist in 1865 to paint the inside of the rotunda at the United States Capitol Building. It’s still there today. Most Americans – and certainly most American… Read more

Here are 10 very good reasons to stop tithing your 10% every week: The command to tithe was given only to the Jewish people. It was intended to provide for the upkeep of the Temple in Jerusalem and to support the Priesthood who owned no land and did not work to support themselves. The Temple in Jerusalem is gone now and has been for over 2,000 years, since its destruction by the Romans in AD 70. There is no longer… Read more

God’s love for mankind is an incredible thing. The scriptures are replete with example after example of God’s endless declarations of love for every single person on the planet. Usually, these statements are about nations, or about general populations of people, but Jesus goes even further with this idea and affirms that God actually loves each of us individually. This is why Jesus urges us to call God our “Abba” or “Daddy” when we pray. It’s why Jesus says that “God… Read more

  Whenever we look out at the world, everything registers on our retina except for one area known as the blind spot. When it comes to perceiving reality, the biggest and most common blind spot is our self. “Ever notice how everyone who drives slower than you is an idiot and everyone who drives faster than you is a maniac?” – George Carlin This little observation perfectly describes the blind spot that almost everyone suffers from. Those who agree with us… Read more

In 70 AD, the city of Jerusalem was surrounded by the Roman army. After many days of intense battle, the Romans broke down the gates, swarmed through the city and slaughtered men, women, and children. It was, according to the historian Josephus (who was an eyewitness to the entire bloody event) one of the most horrific displays of violence the world had ever seen. Here’s a short excerpt from Josephus’s account: “…As they [Roman soldiers] drew closer to the Temple,… Read more

“So, is it ok to be gay and Christian?” I think that’s a very good question. I will do my best to provide an answer. First of all, I’ve been studying this topic for over a year now. It’s something I’ve held off writing about until I was quite certain I could speak about it with integrity. If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time you already know that I’m no stranger to controversy. But this topic, unlike… Read more

You’ve probably heard teachers and preachers talk about the need for “sound doctrine” in today’s church. Usually, this “sound doctrine” happens to mirror a denominational statement of faith ratified years ago and enforced by church leadership, (deacons, elders, etc.), and reinforced through church membership classes and sometimes even Sunday School classes. But, what is “sound doctrine” according to the Word of God? Shouldn’t we take whatever standards there may be for “sound doctrine” from the Scriptures themselves? Here’s what Paul… Read more

  For a long time now I’ve been very aware of my need to die to myself, take up my cross daily, and follow Jesus. It’s the foundation for the Christian life, it’s essential for discipleship, and it’s the core of the Gospel message that Jesus came and died to bring us. But lately, I’ve been focused mostly on my side of this equation instead of on the entire process. Mainly, what I’ve been missing is the perspective of the… Read more

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