God is a Jew

God is a Jew

“God is a Jew.” You can’t get around it. The conclusion is inevitable. If Jesus was a Jew, and if Jesus was God, then God was a Jew–and assuming He doesn’t change, He remains as such to this day…

Apostolic Succession

Apostolic Succession

Paul summarized his role as an apostle: “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3-4). This sacrificial death in light of the coming resurrection (1 Cor. 15:12ff.) is the faith with which the apostles were “entrusted” (cf. 1 Cor. 9:17; 2 Cor. 5:19; Gal. 2:7; 1 Thess. 2:4; 1 Tim. 1:11; Tit. 1:3)…

Jesus and Nicodemus

Jesus and Nicodemus

Jesus’ discussion with Nicodemus is quite perplexing (akin to Peter’s reinstatement). Jesus’ declaration that one must be “born again” is a cornerstone of modern evangelicalism (at the end of his life George Whitefield said he preached on John 3:3 no less that 5,000 times!). However, the traditional evangelical explanation is…

Peter’s Reinstatement

Peter’s Reinstatement

Often referenced and sermonized, but rarely explained, the events of Peter’s denial and reinstatement are quite puzzling. I would offer an alternative explanation. Peter denied Jesus because of his sympathy with zealotry (which was common in Judaism at the time). Zealotry is confidence in the strength of man concerning…

Satan’s Greatest Masterpiece

Satan’s Greatest Masterpiece

In light of the recent killings of Coptic Christians in Libya, my friend Joel Richardson wrote a poignant article on the right response to coptic 21’s martyrdom. It reminded me of a message I recently listened to by Joseph Cumming concerning “Satan’s greatest masterpiece,” which is not Islam, but rather the Crusades as a response to…

Irreverent Babble

Irreverent Babble

Holy are the visions of the Prophets. God spoke and revealed Himself to the Prophets, and His self-revelation is bound to His vision for the future. This is why He refers to Himself over 300 times as “the God of Israel”. It is the restoration of the kingdom to Israel (Acts 1:6) that…