What Is Greatest to the Father

“Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways.  In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son” (Heb. 1:1-2). Jesus is not just a prophet or messenger that spoke about God.  He is the Son, God’s very speech, God’s message to man. The Son…

Why Argue with an Atheist?

I’ve been watching a debate (from 2008) between Christopher Hitchens (an atheist), Dinesh D’Souza (a Christian), and Dennis Prager (a Jew).  (See the video here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0LY6Vwcp4-U).  The debate lasts for about two hours, and I’m 45 minutes into it. So far, Hitchens has dwelled a lot on evils committed by religious people.  I was surprised to…

Divine Nature Ancestry (DNA)

Genesis 24 finds Abraham getting on in years. He asks his head servant “who managed all he owned” to find a wife for his son, Isaac.  Abraham insists his servant not find a wife for Isaac among the Canaanites; he asks him to return to the land of his family to find a wife for…

Same Song, Different Versus

America’s 2020 presidential election is right around the corner. The usual posturing, mud-slinging, glad-handing, and promising is heightened as some cities are plagued by protests and civil-unrest. This is to say nothing of coronavirus, which has killed about 180,000 Americans and could have our economy on a ventilator before long. All of this had my…

Safe Harbor

“But we must always thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God has chosen you into salvation in sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth. Into this He also called you by our gospel—into obtaining the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So then, brothers, stand firm and…

One Seed

Just before telling us about the tower of Babel, Genesis provides Shem’s genealogy.  Just after the tower of Babel, Shem’s lineage is repeated.  Why?  There is an important difference in the way Shem’s lineage is stated the second time.  Here’s a sample:  “These are the family records of Shem.  Shem lived 100 years and fathered…

Trajectories

Genesis 11 tells of the tower of Babel.  Mankind had one language and was united in building a city.  The city’s main attraction would be a tower reaching to heaven.  They planned to use fired bricks held together by mortar.  It was to be an impressive, impregnable structure.  By building such a tower, the people…

Love, not Law

The following appeared in our local paper’s religion column last weekend. It is a revision of a previous post, “Love, not Law”. The paper re-titled it “What Complete Freedom Means.” *** “Christ has liberated us to be free.  Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1). Most Christians know…

Big Reveal

“To the called out Thessalonians in God our Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess. 1:1). Paul starts his first and second letters to the Thessalonians with an almost identical address.  He is writing Thessalonians who were called out, who are now in God and Jesus.  Called out of the world and into…

Are You with Me?

While I was spending time with the Lord this week, He asked, “Are you with me?”  My first reaction was, “Is this one of those questions like when you asked Peter if he loved you?” I’m way more likely to overthink things than Peter.  There was no confident (over confident?), “You know I’m with you,…