Category Archives: Theology

Falling from Faith: The Anatomy of Apostasy

(Read time: approx. 31/2 minutes.) I have been acquainted with numerous people who have fallen away from the faith. One I knew well and remains a friend. Some have been Christian ministers. I am distressed when people leave the faith. … Continue reading

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The Cross: Summit of Salvation History (Wide Angle)

(Reading time: Approximate 3 minutes.) We have been on a wide-angle journey through the Scriptures and have taken little time to pause and take in the sights along the way. We have been like mountain climbers whose goal is to … Continue reading

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The Bible in Wide Angle: Genesis 1

Enjoy this class on how the Bible ties together. This week, the who and why of creation from Genesis 1.

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Wide Angle: Turning over a New Leaf or Turning into a New Person?

ied on a cross, was raised on the third day, ascended into heaven, and will return one day. Those are facts, and without them faith in Jesus is illusory. They form the foundation of the faith. But—and this is crucial—they are not the entire building. Continue reading

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Wide Angle: The Kingdom Comes

When we read the Gospels, it is helpful to remember that Israel was an occupied country. Its terror alert was always at red, and that the occupation forces and their collaborators in the government were constantly on the lookout for … Continue reading

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Living Backwards – 1 Peter 1:1-4

This week we begin a new series titled, Strong, Firm, and Steadfast. The first message in this series is a hopeful one – is about hope – and comes from 1 Peter 1:1-4. It’s titled, Living Backwards. Read 1 Peter … Continue reading

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The God-in-the-Box Problem

When our kids were small, we had a Jack-in-the-Box. We would turn the crank, the melody would play on and on until, suddenly, the jester popped out of the box. Our kids wanted us to turn the crank again and again, and it always surprised. But then they turned three, and Jack was no longer interesting. They outgrew him.

d-in-the-Box, the same thing will happen. Continue reading

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Wide Angle: The Kingdom Arrives

In first-century Israel, there was no king – at least, no king descended from David. But people were looking for such a king to come. Apocalyptic books like the ones I mentioned in the last post had stirred people up … Continue reading

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Wide Angle: Politics and Religion in the First Century

Imagine yourself in a discussion about politics.  Your party is not in power; its representatives are in the minority.  But they are a loud minority.  They are forever criticizing the other party and its leaders and, though you are not … Continue reading

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Christmas and the God of Surprises

Christmas is proof that God loves surprises. According to the prophet Isaiah, God had promised to bring light to people living in darkness, joy to replace sorrow, and freedom from the burden of oppression. He would do this by sending someone to rule with justice and spread peace everywhere. What is surprising about that? That the someone he was sending would be a baby. Continue reading

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