For many believers, the verses of Scripture we call the "Beatitudes," which are found in Matthew 5:3-12, are among the most beautiful and inspiring words ever spoken by Jesus. They can also be some of His most perplexing words. Jesus was not the first teacher to use "beatitudes." On the contrary, the beatitude was a … Continue reading A unique look at the “Beatitudes” of Jesus
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
Yesterday I listened to an older podcast of a pastor who, not long ago, was highly influential in my life. As a result of a major change in his ministry, my pastor friend is no longer at his church or currently involved in public preaching. To be clear, there was no moral failure associated with … Continue reading What are the grounds for calling someone a heretic or false teacher?