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Does Pastoral Abuse Invalidate Christianity?

A just released, 887-page grand jury report states that 301 Catholic priests have abused 1,000 children over a 70-year period in Pennsylvania. The report also documents the church leadership’s massive cover up of these unconscionable acts. The problem was systemic. The church hierarchy not only failed to protect the most vulnerable under their care; they … Continue reading Does Pastoral Abuse Invalidate Christianity?

The Unforgivable Sin: Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit

HAVE YOU EVER SQUIRMED OUT OF CONCERN that you may have committed the unforgivable sin? I did, when I first read about it in Matthew 12:31. What is “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, and why is this sin unforgivable?” Let’s look at the larger context of Mt 12:22–32 to better understand what Jesus meant. The passage … Continue reading The Unforgivable Sin: Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit

Gray-haired Heroes of Faith

SINCE LAST SEPTEMBER, I’ve been a discussion leader in the Alpha evangelism program on Thursday nights at our church. It’s an international program that’s been around since 1990. You probably know about it. Each night participants streamed into the auditorium and made their way to their tables. Well, not all of them streamed-in. There were … Continue reading Gray-haired Heroes of Faith

Emmanuel: God is With Us

Christmas is the celebration of “God with us” in Christ, through the miracle of the Incarnation. The action of God seeking and being with His people, is the overarching theme of the Bible. Christ with us is the reason for the season. In the Garden, God was with us… Then the man and his wife … Continue reading Emmanuel: God is With Us

Why Jesus was Born – Let’s get real

Today, in a Facebook post, my wife and I learned that a friend named Mark Price died in a car crash yesterday morning at 9:30. He was 48. Our hearts are deeply saddened. Such an event causes us to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas — Jesus came to bring eternal life for all … Continue reading Why Jesus was Born – Let’s get real

Is Self-forgiveness Biblical?

Is God’s forgiveness enough, or does complete forgiveness require self-forgiveness? The biblical answer is: “God's forgiveness completely absolves us of our sin.” Self-forgiveness, is not a biblical concept. However, our emotions are quite real and we must distinguish between the efficacy of God’s forgiveness of sin and the management of our grief and self-condemnation. We … Continue reading Is Self-forgiveness Biblical?

New American Standard Bible (NASB) – 2020 release news

SINCE THE 1960s, THE NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE has been the go-to translation for many seminarians because it adhered closest to the original Greek. We used it to check our own translation work. Periodic translation updates are necessary for all translations to stay current with word usage. The NASB’s last update was released in 1995. … Continue reading New American Standard Bible (NASB) – 2020 release news

How did the Magi know when to look?

How did the Magi know when to start looking in the sky for signs of the Messiah's birth? The answer is in the instructions Daniel received from Gabriel over 500 years prior to the Magi’s journey. Daniel had given them a heads-up as to when to expect the King to be born. All we need is … Continue reading How did the Magi know when to look?