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King Jesus and His Kingdom

The gospel centers on the Kingship of Jesus Christ. During the Christmas season, we celebrate the incarnation of our Lord. The magnificence and wonder of God taking on flesh can never fail to amaze us. The incarnation has profound theological significance for Christians. Because Jesus Christ became a man, we have an advocate before the Father (1 John 2:1), one who sympathizes…

It’s My Life to Take….Or is it?

To die on one’s own terms is nothing new. Three centuries before Christ, a school of philosophy was birthed in Greece known as Stoicism. Founded by a man named Zeno, Stoicism taught, among other things, that a person ought to conform his or her life to the laws of nature. Reason was understood as a universal guide, control of the passions was…

What I Can Do; What He has Done

Growing up in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, wearing WWJD apparel was a popular Christian fad. What Would Jesus Do? We saw it on bracelets and T-shirts; we heard it in sermons. Its intention seemed to be part exhortation, part accountability, and part conviction. It was a kind of verbalized guardian angel. “Would Jesus watch that movie, the one you really want…

Apt Words From an Old Dutchman

History is filled with individuals whose contributions in art, literature, science, and theology have only gained full appreciation after their death. Some found widespread popularity generations after they had passed. It is noted that Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings were hardly appealing to 19th century Europeans. Van Gogh’s brother, Theo, purchased one of his sibling’s works merely out of pity. Karl Marx believed…

Reflections on 1 John 1

Wednesday Marked our first mid-week Bible study. We’re going through 1 John, a little epistle that packs a powerful punch, for the next few months. Few books in scripture are as lucid and compelling as this letter. John contrasts the life characterized by faith in Jesus Christ as one of light, love and truth. He makes a contrast, ascribing darkness, falsehood and…