“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” The Easter Celebration.

He has risen (Luke 24:1-12).  This is the reason that we are celebrating today.  We are rejoicing in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ for us.  Three days ago, on Friday, Christ died for your sins, being perfectly obedient to the Father and fulfilling all things.  He…

The Bible’s “Big Picture” as Seen on Good Friday

The Apostle John records (John 19:30): When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.  “It is finished.”  To understand what exactly is finished, you have to step-back and look at the entire arc of…

A Bridegroom of Blood – Reflections on Exodus 4

There is a strange incident recorded in Exodus 4: Yahweh said to Moses, “When you go back into Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have put in your hand, but I will harden his heart and he will not let the people…
The Annunciation

The Annunciation

Monday was the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.  It is celebrated each year on March 25th, nine months before the birth of Christ on December 25th.  The Annunciation is when the angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary to announce that she would bear the Christ or…

The Temptation of Jesus

Chapter 4 of Luke’s Gospel records the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness.  After his baptism, Jesus is led by the Spirit into the wilderness.  He fasts for forty days and then is visited by the devil who tempts him with food, power, and to doubt God’s word.…

Creation Parallels in Genesis and the Gospels

One of the greatest witnesses to the truth of the Christian Scriptures is the inherent coherence between the Old and New Testaments.  Christians often take it for granted that the Old Testament provides many “types” which are fulfilled in the New Testament, perhaps the most prominent one being…

The Witness of the Sacraments to the Incarnation and the Value of Human Life

The definition that Christians use for “Sacrament” vary, but range from mere memorials on one end of the spectrum, to “a sacred act instituted by Christ Himself which gives us Him and His salvation” (the Lutheran view, summarized), to “efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted…

In Christ There Is No East or West – Reflections on MLK Day

This previous Monday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day when we remember and celebrate our great leader for civil rights in these United States.  And then the Friday before was the March for Life when we remember and advocate for the rights of the unborn. There’s…

The Continued Importance of the Old Testament

(Note: This article was originally posted at The Resurgent)   Late last week an article was making the rounds concerning comments about the Old Testament by Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point Community Church in the Atlanta area. In an article in Relevant Magazine, he argued that Christians…

On the Catholic and Protestant Views of Justification

There has been much misunderstanding regarding the Catholic and Protestant views of how a person is justified by and before God.  In the interest of ecumenical dialogue, the similarities between the beliefs of both sides are worth exploring further. First, it is useful to get the typical caricatures…