Tag Archive: Peter

Jan 13

What does it mean when you call yourself a Christian?

Usually we get our names from our parents. Some of us are named after our parents. Some are named after relatives or famous people. Some are named after our parent’s favorite food, etc. Some of us like our names and some of us don’t. Some take a bold step and change their names. C. S. …

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Jan 08

Christians and the Gates of Hell…What did Jesus Promise?

Jesus’ Promise After Peter’s confession that Jesus was the Christ, Jesus promised that the Gates of Hell would not prevail against his Church. (Matthew 16:18) My Doubts As long as I can remember, at least 30 years, I have had doubts about the consensus interpretation of this well-known passage. What are the Gates of Hell? …

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Apr 07

“He is risen…His is risen indeed”..actually…”They have taken the body.”

He is Risen Each year at Easter the worship leader comes to the microphone to begin the service and energetically says, “He is risen.” It usually takes three attempts but eventually there is a semi-crisp response. “He is risen, indeed.” Some among us assume that we are trying to recreate the triumphal moment on the …

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Mar 19

Sometimes disagreements are real, deep and personal

Martin Luther was a very troubled monk. He tried to find peace through the ascetic disciplines of monastic life and the sacramental system of the Roman Church. Years later he said, “If ever a monk were to get to heaven by this monkery it would be I… I should have killed myself with vigils, prayers, …

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Mar 05

Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and the Savior of the world.

Jesus is the Jewish Messiah In his Gospel, Matthew argued that Jesus was the expected Jewish Messiah: He was a son of Abraham (1:1) He was the Son of David and the Messianic King (1:1; 9:27; 12:23; 15:22; 20:30-31; 21:9; 22:41-45) Matthew also used the Jewish Scriptures to present the case that Jesus’ life and …

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Feb 13

Judicial blindness is real.

Jesus was rejected Jesus offered salvation to His most bitter opponents but didn’t reach all of them. As I stated in the last blog the opposition between the religious leaders and Jesus was real. They said that He did his miracles in league with the Devil. He denounced them in the clearest terms in the …

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Jan 26

Was orthodoxy nothing more than a conspiracy of forgery to prevent diversity?

Jesus rose from the dead. He appeared to Mary Magdalene, the disciples on the road to Emmaus and the eleven remaining Apostles that first day. He appeared to many in the days before His ascension. (Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20-21; Acts 1) The memory of witnesses was a powerful force in the …

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