The Historical Jesus, Part 1 – The Fake Jesus

The Historical Jesus - Part 1 of 3 What do we really know about Jesus? Well, for those of us who live according to the "for the Bible tells me so" mentality, there is quite a lot. But not everyone gives the Bible the credibility it deserves. Those who consider the Bible to be pseudo-history, or partial … Continue reading The Historical Jesus, Part 1 – The Fake Jesus

What does it mean that we are created in God’s Image?

Imago Dei Genesis 1-2 tells us that God put a great deal of thought and intentionality into His creation of human beings. Indeed when God created humans, He altered both the rhythm and the function of all that He was creating. The end of the sixth day of creation is drawn out in Genesis, and … Continue reading What does it mean that we are created in God’s Image?

Something is seriously wrong with our world.

Jesus wept. Has anyone else been disturbed by the pervading darkness around us in the last few weeks? Tornadoes, bombings, explosions, fires, collapsed buildings, murder trials, brutal captivities, and multiple scenarios involving the harming of children have dominated every form of media with which we are saturated. I don't know about you, but it gets … Continue reading Something is seriously wrong with our world.

It’s OK to Disagree with Others (but there is a right way to do it) – from Philip Spener c. 1675

I was asked by a friend recently, "How do we possibly argue for biblical truth with all of the contentious issues in our world today?" The answer I gave to my friend has not changed: "However we do it, we must do it with humility." We live in a culture that thrives on inflated opinions, … Continue reading It’s OK to Disagree with Others (but there is a right way to do it) – from Philip Spener c. 1675

Is Jude the Weirdest Book in the New Testament?

Pound-for-pound, Jude may be the weirdest book in the New Testament. One author called the book "bewildering." I still think weird sounds better. Why is Jude weird? Where else can you find phrases like: "these ungodly people...heap abuse on celestial beings." Or, "But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about … Continue reading Is Jude the Weirdest Book in the New Testament?

Announcing the release of Harbor for the Poor by Eric Costanzo

Information about my new book. This is something that has been very important to me for several years and for which I have a great passion. Thank you Wipf & Stock for taking a chance on me as a new author. Description: Urban poverty in the developed world is an ever-present problem, and Christian approaches … Continue reading Announcing the release of Harbor for the Poor by Eric Costanzo

Ash Wednesday and Lent – An evangelical perspective

Today is Ash Wednesday. Many people consider its observance to be primarily for Roman Catholics, but the truth is Protestants and Evangelicals will be holding Ash Wednesday services all over the world in order to "mark" the first day of Lent. The Lenten season was first celebrated by Christians in the fourth century as a 40-day … Continue reading Ash Wednesday and Lent – An evangelical perspective