Tough times and Christian faith

Tough times have a way of changing us, and not always for the better.  One of the reasons I decided to write this series of articles is I just needed to remind myself why Christians go through tough times. I know that the Bible gives some good answers to that question, but when you are […]

why conditionalism matters – exposing the lie

We are living in the age of the photo-post and video-byte.  Newspapers and books seem to be dying out, because nobody wants to investigate ideas anymore. People are interested in promoting their side of an argument, but not in wrestling over the details of discussion to find the actual truth. The apostle Paul struggled with […]

Eternity somewhere

John the Baptist had given his listeners a pretty good overview of the gospel message. His proclamation in the Judean wilderness had eight major components: God’s kingdom is coming down from the sky soon (Matthew 3:2). The world is not ready for that kingdom, so people must make it ready (Matthew 3:2-3; Mark 1:3; Luke […]

The sky above, the land beneath

A previous survey of the passages in Genesis and Exodus which contain the terms shamayim and erets together has shown that the simple rendering of “sky” for shamyim, and “land” for erets are the consistently correct translations for those words. In fact, none of the texts surveyed requires a meaning other than those simple meanings. […]

Who do people say…?

After years of friendship, two Bible scholars met to discuss their different views of Jesus. You and I are the beneficiaries of this discussion, because it has helped to clarify the belief of many Christians about who Jesus really was, and is. The book, The Meaning of Jesus,1 It can be a challenge to read, because […]

Abraham’s Refusal

Is the story of the rich man and Lazarus found in Luke 16 an eyewitness account of Hades? Many think so. But in reality, as vivid and disturbing as the details of the rich man’s torments are, none of the characters in the story were permitted a leave of absence so they could tell the […]

a coming kingdom

Many believers today want to help their unchristian friends make a decision to follow Jesus Christ. But, how do they do that? They will be tempted to just say the same thing that someone said to them. But what if they were led to Christ by the wrong method? Sure, their faith is genuine, and […]

How Conditional Immortality Succeeds (Part 1)

(Companion article series to presentation at CIANZ Conference 2016 entitled – How Conditional Immortality Succeeds) The shape of global Christianity is changing. For decades, its longstanding influence upon Western culture has been in sharp decline, and now we have entered the so-called “post-Christian” era. Christianity used to be part of the cultural furniture. Non-Christians understood […]

Q & A: resurrection chronology

          In a recent devotional posted on my devotions blog, I shared thoughts based on 1 Corinthians 15:23-25. Here is the content of that post: ———————————————————————- 1 Corinthians 15:23-25 1Co 15:23 But each crop will be harvested in its own order: Christ, the first harvest, then the ones to be harvested […]

q&a: the ascension of Christ

Gary, from Bloomington, Illinois asks this question: When Jesus said to Mary, “I have not yet ascended to the Father,” doesn’t that mean he couldn’t have gone to paradise when he died? Why don’t more commentators deal with this? In my 2013 article “debugging Luke 23:43” I suggest a different translation of Jesus’ promise to […]