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Historical Proof Jesus Rose from the Dead

Historical Proof Jesus Rose from the Dead

People from all over the world are celebrating the coming back to life (or “resurrection”) of Jesus of Nazareth this Sunday. I wrote a post last year explaining why this resurrection happened, giving four reasons for the resurrection. This year, I want to briefly look at historical proofs for this. The Christian faith is based on history. It is not merely historical—believing that Jesus rose in history does not necessarily make you a Christian. But it is historical…

Yes, We Need Boldness, but Also Clarity

Yes, We Need Boldness, but Also Clarity

We need boldness to speak the gospel of Jesus Christ—a certain willingness, confidence, courage, and strength. Without such, we will shrink back from fear. The apostles prayed for boldness: “And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness” (Acts 4:29). Paul inquired his churches to pray “that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19). The mystery was that it was always about Christ; specifically, the mystery was that in Christ both all peoples have access to God—both Jews and Gentiles. Proclaiming such a ‘mystery’ took boldness. It required valor...

A Heavy Heart While Hearing About Jesus in the Media

A Heavy Heart While Hearing About Jesus in the Media

The other day I was looking through Spotify for different versions of the Christmas song “O Holy Night.” It is one of my favorite songs of the season because I love that high and beautiful note at the end (“O night, divine...”). I was exploring for more recordings to hear different artists sing the song and belt the note…

A Three Point Christian Response to Disasters and Attacks

A Three Point Christian Response to Disasters and Attacks

Al Mohler, in his book Culture Shift, has a chapter in which he talks about how Christians should respond to disasters. Specifically, he is talking about natural disasters, but the principles hold for other disasters, such as terrorist attacks. Mohler offers us three biblical principles to keep in mind as we respond to such calamities…

The Silence We Desperately Need Today

The Silence We Desperately Need Today

*Article originally published on Desiring God. I often hear about the benefits of silence in our world of sound. Many people — secular and religious — recommend taking time away from television, music, videos, news, and social media to sit in silence and just be. This is all well and good, but it can get confusing as to why. What is the point of silence?