Some critics of Christianity are keen to point out that, according to best estimates, there are roughly 40,000 Christian denominations worldwide. This is an astoundingly large figure, and some see it as evidence that Christianity is divided; if Christians can’t even agree amongst themselves, how can they make exclusive claims about absolute truth? Continue reading
Last Sunday, we kicked off the beginnings of a new 6:30pm church service. I wrote a short post about it on the church blog, and thought I’d copy it here too. Enjoy.
Last night, a group of people gathered together in the St. Matt’s building at 6:30pm. In many ways it looked rather un-extraordinary – a gathering of just over 20 people singing songs together, reading from and talking about the Bible, and praying. Continue reading
With Christmas very quickly approaching, my church is moving through our Advent series in which we are focusing on the humanity of Jesus. Last Sunday we looked at what it means that Jesus is The Man Who Learned Obedience. The Bible teaches that Jesus learned obedience from what he suffered during his earthly life, but saying something like that raises some pretty big questions. How could Jesus learn obedience? Does that mean he was disobedient beforehand? Wouldn’t that cause some issues with what we know about Jesus?? Continue reading
Jesus didn’t know everything. Obviously he knew a lot, but not everything. I’m talking about way back, of course, when he roamed the earth 2,000 years ago. The Jesus that we see in the Gospels is astonishly wise, insightful, piercing, and perfectly aligned with the truth. He often knows people’s thoughts, and other things that no ordinary human being would know. But at the same time, the Jesus we see in the Gospels is not one who is all-knowing. Continue reading
Since we’re in the season of Advent, now is a great time to be thinking about Jesus – who he is, why he came, and all that good stuff. So for this post I want to think about a term that seems to be the source of a lot of confusion for us as we think about Jesus – “son of God.” Continue reading
This Sunday just past marks the start of the season of Advent. The word ‘Advent’ comes from the Latin adventus, which means a coming, arrival, or approach. And so in the season of advent, the four Sundays before Christmas, we think about the approach of Jesus and anticipate His coming. Continue reading