The Contrast Between Zechariah and Mary

Zechariah was a priest and the father of John the Baptist. The Bible says (NRSV), "Once when he was serving as priest before God" he entered the temple sanctuary at Jerusalem to burn incense as the people were outside praying (Luke 1.8, 10). The angel Gabriel then appeared to him, standing beside the altar, and Zechariah was terrified. Gabriel said, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John" (v. 13). Gabriel … [Read more...]

Review of Dunn’s Book, Jesus and the Spirit

I recently read James D.G. Dunn’s book entitled Jesus and the Spirit: A Study of the Religious and Charismatic Experience of Jesus and the First Christians as Reflected in the New Testament, published in 1975. It was his second book. Jimmy, as his friends call him, went on to become one of the premier New Testament (NT) scholars in the world and perhaps the foremost scholar on Christology, largely due to his book published in 1980 entitled Christology in the Making (short title), published in 1 … [Read more...]

Talk About Jesus, Not Christ, to Non-Believers

Many Christians have a bad habit of talking about "Christ," instead of "Jesus," to the non-believing world. What's bad about it? It is a failure to be sensitive to other people who are not Christians, who therefore don't believe what they do about Jesus. The man's name is "Jesus." The title we apply to him is "Christ." Yes, early Christians called him "Jesus Christ" by dropping the article in the phrase "Jesus the Christ." But actually, the Apostle Paul's New Testament letters have "Christ … [Read more...]


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