Perhaps we’ve been unfair to Thomas. Thomas is not so different from the rest of the apostles. He just desired the experience of sense verification which they received first. But there are some powerful lessons here about the role of doubt in the journey of faith. In this sermon, we use 3 accounts of Thomas in John’s Gospel to discuss outlook, courage, uncertainty, skepticism, and faith.
In our followup to a previous lesson on the biblical presentation of Hell, we explore some tough questions about Final Judgment, Degrees of Accountability, and the Justice of God when it comes to Hell.
Most of us have cooked a custom-made casserole of ingredients picked from various religions and systems of thought. The people of Samaria after an Assyrian resettlement program give us a great illustration of how this can happen with any of us. We also look at 5 examples of syncretized versions of Christianity we may hold today.
In the first of a series of lessons which will explore Heaven, Hell, and the Final Resurrection, we first establish what is going on right now in the heavenly realm and its intersection with what is happening on earth. Are there points of contact? What are they? And how am I already a participant in the business of heaven?
Questions are essential to growth in our understanding. And questions are vital to the plot development in the Gospel of Matthew. In the first of a 3-part series examine some of the major questions raised in Matthew's Gospel, we tackle the identity questions which capture the ultimate question in
Matthew - Who is Jesus?
"Why do I need God in order to be good?" It's one of skeptics' most common questions. We explore this question but also try to demonstrate its inadequacy. Being good is not the end for which we were designed. It is the middle part of a sequence that must begin elsewhere and end at a higher destination.
Critics of Christianity often group it with other world religions that they consider to be "Misogynistic." But does an honest reading of the Bible, especially what we see in the ministry of Jesus, back this claim? On this Mothers Day, we look at the emphasis in the Gospel of Luke on the role of women in Jesus' ministry...and see how revolutionary Jesus' teaching and practice was in elevating the status and value of women to the same as men.
Autonomy is a natural human desire. But our autonomous desires tend to spread into morality. In the Garden of Eden, God gave man tremendous freedom to define and describe the world around him. But the drawing of lines of moral right and wrong remained a divine prerogative, not a human one. We explore why.
Slavery has been officially outlawed in every nation in the world (although it sadly still occurs in many forms). So why do we read of its existence in the Bible, even at times among the people of God? We explore this important question.