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?
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.