Wednesday, April 1, 2015

What's so Good about Friday?

I've heard the question asked more than once: "If Jesus died on Friday, why do we call it Good Friday?"

It's an important question. It's a question that demands an answer.

Here's the truth: Jesus' death is a good thing. It seems counterintuitive -- or perhaps blasphemous. It seems like something a person who hates Jesus would say. But the Bible is clear that Jesus dying on the cross is a reason to celebrate. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Understand Your Fellow Man: The Imago Dei and worth of man

Biblical basis for the image of God

With [the tongue] we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, 
who have been made in the likeness of God.
James 3:9

Man was created to glorify God through obedience to Him.

This can be known, of course, by reading the first two chapters of the Bible (Genesis 1-2). God created man out of the dust of the ground and breathed life into his being (2:7). Man was made in the image of the Godhead (1:26-27). He was able to hear from God (1:29-30, 2:16-17) and respond. The Imago Dei captures this concept. It is Latin for "image of God" and it means that all men have been made in the expressed image of their Creator.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Understand Your Fellow Man: Enjoying and enduring

For [God] makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good,
and sends rain on the just and the unjust.
Matthew 5:45a

In the midst of perhaps the most famous monologue in all of history, Jesus delivers the truth above to the crowd that was listening to His Sermon on the Mount. The heading in most Bibles will say, "Love Your Enemies" above this section (verses 43-48), as this passage contains one of Christ's most famous expressions, that exact phrase: Love your enemies (v. 44).

Friday, January 23, 2015

Working against the clock

I recently read (in one night because it's small) Killing Sin Habits: Conquering Sin with Radical Faith by Stuart Scott. The basic premise of the book is explicit in its title: faith, when applied correctly, can greatly help the believer in his fight against sin.

At the start of the book, Scott introduces a simple illustration to explain the typical Christian struggle with sin. His illustration is so painfully accurate that it was difficult to read as I thought about how I fit right into the unfortunate mold. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Christian Music Scale

Piggy-backing off of my last post about the top Christian albums of 2014, I decided to flesh out my thoughts a little bit more as to how I view the Christian music scene in general. 

Below you'll find a scale I made that charts out how biblical bands are (or aren't). The concept with the percentages is that we can gather a rough idea of how much the words of Scripture influence the words of songs made by any given band.