Islam & the Gospel: Can We Trust the Bible?

“Your Bible is corrupt . . . You don’t even know who wrote those verses you’re quoting . . . The original Word of God you’re talking about has been lost forever; it’s gone with the original manuscripts we don’t have . . . We have no idea what God actually said through the writers…

Islam & the Gospel: What Happened at the Cross?

What’s at stake in the physical death of Jesus on the cross? How many of our biblical and theological truth hang on the fact that Jesus really and actually died in His body?   This week in Islam & the Gospel we’ll be considering the claims of Islam (both popular and scholarly) that say that Jesus didn’t actually…

Islam & the Gospel: The Prophets & Jesus

How is Jesus different than Muhammad? In our class, Islam & the Gospel, we’ve been considering how the teachings of the Qur’an and the Hadith literature that followed present a very different Jesus than the Old and New Testaments of our Bible. This Sunday we’ll be looking specifically at the role prophets play in Islam. In stark contrast,…

How To Build a Bridge

I’ve done many things backwards in my life. Many young people from rural America use their college years for a metropolitan adventure, a chance to experience the quicker pace of the city. (Think: “John Boy” Walton here). I did the opposite. Having grown up in a city with three major interstate highways (and numbers of…

Teaching to the Head & Heart

I couldn’t let it slip by. Amidst all the nostalgia (and talk of my hometown, Dallas) surrounding the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death, there’s another death to remember. C.S. Lewis died today, 50 years ago. The genius of Lewis was his ability to move deftly between the didactic and the imaginative, between the…

The Wisdom of the Gospel: Effectual Calling

In our class we’ve been considering how faith in Christ results in our new position with God. Justification by faith, adoption into God’s family, union with Christ, baptism in the Spirit—all describe our new relationship to God, now secure as a result of Christ’s life in us. This week we’ll begin considering how God changes…

The Wisdom of the Gospel: Baptism in the Spirit

This week in the Wisdom of the Gospel class we’ll be finishing (no, actually, we really will, in our wonderfully garrulous class be finishing) our discussion on the different biblical teachings that describe our new position in Christ.     These include election, justification by faith, adoption into God’s family, union with Christ, and, finally, baptism in…

Identity Messages for Kids

  Those of us in the Wisdom of the Gospel class have been talking about our new position in Christ. This results in all the benefits that are ours by virtue of us being “in Christ”. In the coming weeks we’ll see how our new position results in a change to our inner condition: We become…