Romans 1:16: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile." Most of us who have endeavored to follow Christ probably came across this verse early in our journey of faith. While I am … Continue reading We aren’t the first to be ashamed about Jesus
Jewish men would often pray this morning prayer: "Thanks be to God that He did not make me a Gentile, that He did not make me an ignorant slave, or a woman."(1) Paul's words in Galatians 3:28 seem to purposefully upend this prayer: (In Christ Jesus) There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor … Continue reading The Apostle Paul changed his mind about women…perhaps someday we will too.
He hated Christianity. He hated Judaism. He even hated the pagan religions. He thought all religion was without merit. The Roman Emperor Julian (emperor from AD 361-363), was also known as "the Apostate" because of his atheism. Despite his disdain for their religious traditions and practices, Julian was impressed with the way both Christians and … Continue reading Mishnah and Peah: What the Jews knew about the poor has been forgotten.
For the next few posts, I would like to survey ways in which God's people have made caring for the poor a priority throughout the ages. In the last several years, ministry towards the needy has become a popular subject in evangelical circles. Topics like social justice, missions among the poor, benevolence, and servant evangelism … Continue reading The Poor – The Real Reason Jesus Came, 2nd Ed.
When the Apostle Paul was put to death in Rome, sometime during the later part of the reign of Nero (between AD66-68), a long list of well-known church leaders had been heavily under his influence. Many of these names are familiar to most Christians: Barnabas, Mark, Luke, Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Silas, Priscilla, Aquila, and Apollos. … Continue reading The Next in Line – Peter, Paul, and . . . Clement?