The “Telephone Game” Myth: Has the New Testament Been Changed Over Time?

The “Telephone Game” Myth: Has the New Testament Been Changed Over Time?

*** If you prefer, there is a short version of this article on my church’s website here.*** It seems everyone has an opinion about Jesus. Some say he was a wise, moral man; some say he was a myth; some say he was God in the flesh. But first, how do we even know about … Continue reading

The New Paganism (Part 1) Pluralism: Are There Many Paths to God?

The New Paganism (Part 1) Pluralism: Are There Many Paths to God?

  Pluralism = The New Paganism In many ways, Western Christians are living in a culture that is increasingly like the first culture that the first Christians lived in: a pagan culture. Christianity was born and spread within the Roman Empire, a place of many gods and many ways of worshiping, where most* religions were seen … Continue reading

Slavery & the Bible (Part 9) Did Christianity End Slavery? What History Tells Us.

Slavery & the Bible (Part 9) Did Christianity End Slavery? What History Tells Us.

  ONE LAST QUESTION CONCERNING THE NEW TESTAMENT APPROACH TO SLAVERY: DID IT WORK? In the last several articles of this series, we examined the New Testament and what its writers had to say about slavery. (See a list of past articles below.) But did the New Testament writers know what they were talking about? Did … Continue reading

Slavery & the Bible (Part 8) Why Didn’t Jesus Free the Slaves?

Slavery & the Bible (Part 8) Why Didn’t Jesus Free the Slaves?

Read Part 1: Cherry Picking, Worldview & Consistency Read Part 2: Not All Types of Slavery are Equal Read Part 3: American Slavery & Bearing God’s Image Read Part 4: Slavery Ain’t Always Slavery: The New Testament & Roman Slavery Read Part 5: Roman Slavery & the Lack of Christian Revolt Read Part 6: The New Testament Response & Problem Verses Read Part 7: Another Type of … Continue reading

Slavery & the Bible (Part 7) Another Type of Slavery & Freedom in the New Testament

Slavery & the Bible (Part 7) Another Type of Slavery & Freedom in the New Testament

Slavery & the Bible GFTM series… Read Part 1: Cherry Picking, Worldview & Consistency Read Part 2: Not All Types of Slavery are Equal Read Part 3: American Slavery & Bearing God’s Image Read Part 4: Slavery Ain’t Always Slavery: The New Testament & Roman Slavery Read Part 5: Roman Slavery & the Lack of Christian Revolt Read Part 6: The New Testament Response & … Continue reading

Fearing For the Lives of My Black Children: Thoughts From a White Foster Parent

Fearing For the Lives of My Black Children: Thoughts From a White Foster Parent

As I held my four-month-old foster daughter in my arms during a 3am feeding this morning, I scanned the flow of postings on social media about more police killings of black men and now about police deaths due to retaliation. I grew up in an area without much diversity, but for sixteen years I taught in … Continue reading