Two of the most disputed books in the New Testament are 2 Peter and 2 Timothy. In fact, the majority of New Testament scholars doubt that either of those letters were actually written by Paul or Peter at all, holding instead that some other writers who may have been disciples of these Apostles – or disciples of their disciples – took it upon themselves to add these epistles at a much later date. This sort of thing was not uncommon… Read more

The Greek word for “worship” is proskyneō and it is translated as “to kiss, to lower oneself in humility or reverence, to adore, to surrender completely to another”. So, when Jesus let go of His equality with God [see Phil. 2] and humbled Himself and took on the form of a servant, and became nothing, He was doing exactly what anyone does when they worship something. For example: Jesus “lowered himself in humility” Jesus became a servant to mankind. Jesus adored us… Read more

Dear America, I want to apologize. On behalf of my brothers and sisters in the Christian Church, I need to say that I’m sorry that we have failed you. We were sent by our Lord Jesus, to spread the love of God to everyone we meet. We have not done that very well. In fact, many times, we have spread division, hate, guilt and shame instead of love, compassion, mercy, grace, forgiveness, or peace. I’m very, very sorry about that…. Read more

Ever since I first became a Christian at the age of 9 and gave my heart to Jesus, I have been told over and over again that Jesus is coming back soon. I watched those terrible films, you know the ones: “Thief in the Night”, “Left Behind”, and “The Late, Great Planet Earth”. I read the books, including “88 Reasons Why Christ Will Return in 1988” and the sequel, “89 Reasons Why Christ Will Return in 1989”, which incidentally was… Read more

  In today’s Christian landscape the senior pastor has become the single focus of ministry and church life. This one person is expected to perform every wedding and funeral, to baptize every new believer, to preside over every Lord’s Supper, to teach and train and admonish and counsel and encourage every single member of his flock. He, or she, is also expected to oversee the finances, preach every Sunday morning and evening, and to guide the Church through whatever challenge… Read more

I’m sad to say that I needed someone to point this out to me, but the very popular post and video going around from Christian speaker, Louie Giglio, regarding the cross-like shape of the Laminin molecule and how that is, supposedly, pointing to how Jesus is the one who “holds all things together” as referenced in Colossians 1:15-20, is totally false.   Sorry. It’s not true.   The first problem is simply that the purportedly cross-shaped Laminin protein is not… Read more

NOTE: Recently, my friend Dr. Scott Bartchy – Professor Emeritus of Christian Origins and History of Religion at UCLA – sent me two documents to examine. Both of them contained more than enough insight to fill up this blog for the next few months. This blog is one of many to come based on these new insights. ** Due to our own lack of awareness about first-century Jewish culture, we have been blinded to several key nuances found in the… Read more

Most Christians are convinced that Jesus is the Son of God. But not as many are convinced that they are also the son (or daughter) of God, even though the New Testament goes out of its way to stress this fact. For example: “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12) “It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating… Read more

Try to imagine it: No Bibles anywhere. No King James. No NIV. Not even a paperback copy of “The Message”. What would that be like?       Regardless of how such a thing might happen, try to imagine what it would be like to never have access to the Bible – ever again. In some ways, I think our world might actually be a better place if no one had a Bible anymore.  Maybe if we didn’t depend on… Read more

Not only am I really tired of all the so-called end times prophets picking dates for the End of the World based on some obscure Bible passage, a few wonky mathematical equations, the alignment of the moon and the stars and a little bit of old-fashioned B.S. thrown in for good measure, I’m downright angry about it. I mean, I can’t decide what’s worse: The fact that these sorts of predictions continually get promoted or that so many Christians endlessly… Read more

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