Who are the "spirits in prison" from 1 Peter 3:19? Are they humans from Noah's day? Old Testament saints in Hades? Are they fallen angels? Dig with me into this most "obscure" passage from Peter's first epistle.
It’s been said “Xmas” is a seasonally attempt by subversive secularists to kick Christ out of Christmas. I don’t doubt that is the intent of some folks. But the reality is the Greek spelling of the name Christ starts with an X (Χριστός).
In fact, the early Church often referred to Christ simply by his first Greek initial (X), or more commonly by overlapping his first two initials (XP). The simple cross (X) of course carried double meaning for those early Christians, and for us today.
So in that sense there’s not only a Christ in Xmas but also a Calvary. Far from a secularist attack, “Xmas” reminds us of Christ, his birth, and his cross, all at once.
I remember introducing the Nicene Creed to my small church in Nashville. As we approached the last line I remember the puzzled looks as we recited together, "I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church."
I remember many a bulletin as a child in which the service order was printed line for line, item for item, song for song. I particularly remember a funny word at the very end of the service: the benediction. But what in the world is it?
We find ourselves today not crossing seas on dry land, raising the dead, or calling fire down from Heaven; but living seemingly normal, average, and even mundane lives. How ordinary.
It seems to be all the rage within younger generations of Christians to be “radical,” and “outrageous.” There is push to make kids somehow buy into the fact that they must look down on living a “normal” life in order to really serve God.
Now don’t get me wrong, the message of the cross is indeed a “radical” message in one sense. And we are called to live holy, separate lives from the world around us; this is certainly “radical.”
What I am targeting are the labels we like to stick onto our faith in order to make ourselves believe we are serving God’s mission more faithfully. “Missional” and “radical” are just a few of those labels made popular recently and, if we’re not careful…
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Is this statement compatible with a Christian worldview and the Great Commission? How should Christians think through the current "border crisis" and immigration reform?
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With all of our attempts to appeal to children, young people, and young adults, we've just missed the point and the problem entirely. In many cases, all we've ever given to our children and young adults is a Happy Meal and play time.
Most preaching in evangelical churches today is anemic at best. Many preachers are content to deliver countless series on anything from "7 Steps to a Happy Family," to "5 Laws of a Balanced Budget." After all, people can't listen very long anymore; they have short attention spans. What possible good could come from a dry dissertation on doctrine?