Gamaliel was a highly respected and greatly loved first-century scholar. He was a Pharisee. A member of the Sanhedrin council, the Jewish Supreme Court. According to Barclay, he was one of the few given the title of “Rabban.” When Gamaliel spoke, his fellow Pharisees listened.
When Peter and John appeared before the Council for the second time for preaching Jesus, they found an unexpected ally in Gamaliel. While it seems the Council was determined to severely punish the apostles or even kill them, this Rabbi offered a different solution Continue reading
Being in the mountains, this headline on my phone from The Guardian caught my attention:
Hiker lost on US mountain ignored calls from rescuers because he didn’t recognize the number
A Colorado man was hiking on Mount Elbert and lost his way around nightfall. He said he “bounced around on to different trails trying to locate the proper trailhead.”
When he was reported missing around 8pm, repeated calls to his cell phone went unanswered because the hiker didn’t recognize the number and reportedly had “no idea” anyone was looking for him. Continue reading
“One of Satan’s great deceptions is convincing lost people they are not lost. A second deception is convincing Christians that lost people are not truly lost,” wrote cultural apologist and author, Jim Denison, in a recent post on his web page the Denison Forum.
Universalism is a philosophical and theological doctrine that basically believes and teaches that everyone will be saved and spend eternity with God in heaven, regardless of their religious or spiritual beliefs. Continue reading
A friend once asked Isidor Isaac Rabi, a Nobel prize winner in science, how he became a scientist.
Rabi replied that every day after school his mother would talk to him about his school day. She wasn’t so much interested in what he had learned that day, but she always inquired, “Did you ask a good question today?”
“Asking good questions,” Rabi said, “made me become a scientist.” Continue reading
This recent headline from Christianity Today magazine caught my attention.
Many Adventists in Asia and Africa Believe You Must Be Vegan to Be Saved
The article by Rebecca Randall says that “Seventh-day Adventists around the world have heeded their co-founder’s teachings on eating a plant-based diet, (and) many adherents in parts of Asia and Africa have raised veganism to a place next to godliness.”
According to Adventist research teams from 13 regions around the world, their members believe salvation is ensured two ways: through Jesus Christ (92%), and through giving up meat, animal products, alcohol, and tobacco (80%). Continue reading
Filed under Bible, Salvation
“Being called a “born-again Christian” can mean many things to many people,” wrote Matthew Barrett in a recent online post in Christianity Today.
“For some,” Barrett writes, “it means you are a Bible-thumping fundamentalist or a political conservative. For others, it means you were converted at a Billy Graham crusade. Countless stereotypes have created endless confusion.”
The article, entitled, “Even Among Some Well-Meaning Christians, ‘Born Again’ Is Often Misunderstood,” is subtitled “Recapturing the meaning of a much-stereotyped phrase” Continue reading
Sunday, Norma Jean and I were blessed to worship with the Smoky Hill church in Aurora, Colorado.
The brethren, while practicing COVID-19 restrictions, were gracious, friendly, welcoming and hospitable. We were encouraged by our fellowship together and edified by a fine lesson from Jeb Reaves who serves both as a preacher and a pastor.
Jeb’s sermon was based on Hebrews 11:7 regarding the faith of Noah. Continue reading
“Great” is a simple but wonderfully expressive English word that may describe people, experiences, opportunities, material things, or ideas and ideals.
To speak of something being great we are saying it is remarkably outstanding. Highly significant. Especially notable. Extraordinarily wonderful. Exceedingly substantial. Great is enormous. Immense. Tremendous.
Our Bible reading today in Hebrews 2 calls our salvation “so great a salvation.” Why? Here’s 7 reasons salvation is so great. Continue reading
“To God Be the Glory” is one of over 8,000 hymns written by one of the most prolific hymnists in history, Fanny J. Crosby.
Written in 1872 and published in 1875 the hymn was very popular in Britain but was not widely used in the United States. In 1954 Cliff Barrows, the song leader for the Billy Graham crusades was asked to add it to the song selection for his London crusade. The next year it was again included in a US crusade in Nashville, Tennessee, and began to gain popularity. Today, it is widely used in songbooks of most churches.
There is a line in the first stanza that recently captured my attention. Continue reading
“Faith in Christ is all that is needed for salvation,” wrote one of our readers in response to a recent post.
The doctrine of “faith only” is not a new theological idea. Issues surrounding faith and works have been debated for centuries. And various religious groups give differering answers to the question, “What must I do to be saved?”
It is important, however, for us to ask, “What does the Bible say?” Continue reading