Theology

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…

Unbelief in the Triumphal Entry

Unbelief in the Triumphal Entry

What do we do with the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem? It’s a question I’ve always asked myself, especially growing up singing the worship song “Hosanna” which has a chorus consisting solely of the words from the people in the story. For years it’s been a bit jarring for me to sing that song (and others like it) because it’s very clear that in the story these same people are soon to change their “Hosannah” to “Crucify him! Crucify him!”…

What If Christians Do Love the Lord Their God With All Their Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength?

What If Christians Do Love the Lord Their God With All Their Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength?

What if Christians do love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength? (Before you close this window with accusations of heresy, I encourage you to stick with me for a minute.) Many of us know the conversation between Jesus and the Pharisee: "'Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?' And [Jesus] said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind'" (Matthew 22:36-37). Jesus is citing a famous Old Testament text…

Considering in Christian Living

Considering in Christian Living

It's simple to see change in our actions and behavior. And because of this we can begin to think our Christian life and growth consists mainly in our actions. We can think the Bible is a list of do's and do not's, of actions we are too perform or avoid, and that adhering to these is how we bring about change. But what if we're more complex than that?…

"Natural" Analogies Illustrate God

"Natural" Analogies Illustrate God

God organized nature in certain ways to teach us about who he is. Specifically, the reason I'm writing this post is thinking about the contrast between light and darkness. I meditated a bit on this idea in a previous post, but here I want to consider that God is the one who invented light and it's counterpart, darkness, for a reason. Such inventions illuminate…

Who is God? Look to the Story, Not Speculation

Who is God? Look to the Story, Not Speculation

God in his Book does not reveal himself in the way of the philosophers. The vast majority of people in human history have agreed that there is a Supreme Being, a God or gods. And most have tried to philosophize about who he is like. It's been common from ancient times until today. We can describe this type of thinking about God as 'speculation'…

Why Did Jesus Rise? 4 Reasons for the Resurrection

Why Did Jesus Rise? 4 Reasons for the Resurrection

In history, three days after he died on the cross, Jesus of Nazareth rose from his grave. We must stress the historical fact that this truly did happen, just as with his life and his cross. If you could go back around 2,000 years, you could watch Jesus of Nazareth die on a Roman cross and you could see him on Sunday alive again…