A “Doubting Thomas” is a skeptic. He’s someone who refuses to believe unless he can see it. Touch it. And experience it.
It is forever the nickname of the apostle, Thomas, who was not present when Jesus first appeared to the other disciples following His resurrection.
“We have seen the Lord,” they exclaimed to Thomas. Continue reading
Today in our VBS at Wellandport as we pursue the theme “Facing Life With Faith,” we are discussing how knowledge and faith are connected.
The Bible says, “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17). As we read and study God’s Word, we increase in knowledge, but that knowledge grows our faith. Of course, our knowledge of God and His revealed will is more than just an accumulation of facts. It is faith-driven. Heart-felt. And relationally focused. Thus, Paul was able to affirm, “I know in whom I have believed.” Continue reading
This week at the Wellandport church of Christ in Ontario, Canada, I will be participating in their summer VBS teaching the adult class. Our theme revolves around faith. As I’m looking over today’s lesson, “The Challenge To See,” I’m reminded of this story.
One night a family’s house caught fire and they were forced to run outside. However, the fire blocked their path to the upstairs bedroom where their son was sleeping. The father yelled for the son to open his bedroom window. Continue reading
In reading Acts 12, I remembered an old sermon preached 50 years ago by the late Robert Jackson who raised the question, “Did Peter deny the grace of God?”
I remember it well, because I “borrowed” it and preached it several times in my early days of ministry.
The chapter records that Herod Antipas was harassing the church. He killed James with the sword. And then imprisoned Peter. Probably, Herod had in mind the same fate for Peter.
Luke records several divine acts that Peter experienced. 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
Faith has become the object of ridicule in America today. Particularly Christianity.
Our Vice President, Mike Pence, has been mocked for his faith on numerous occasions. In the wake of the recent school shooting those who have offered prayers for the hurting have been received with sarcasm, scorn, and satire in some quarters. Various talk shows and their hosts have spewed anti-Christian bigotry without any repercussions from the networks Continue reading
Owen Bourgaize relates an encounter with a woman who saw him as he drove to his office. After parking his car, the lady standing nearby said, “That’s a nice car, but I wouldn’t want to drive it”
Obviously puzzled Owen asked, “Why not?”
“It’s green,” she replied. “Furthermore the license plate number adds up to 13.” Continue reading