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“Deciphering Truth in Word and Concept”

June 9, 2021

Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” –John 18:38, NASB Introduction This famous portion of Scripture that has been rendered as a standalone verse is directly related to the crucifixion scene of Jesus Christ. In this scene, Jesus stands before Pilate, questioned regarding charges leveled at Him by the Jews. In analyzing this verse, we do not want to overstep the boundaries provided to us by the context. Nevertheless, in examining this verse, we cannot help but acknowledge this deeply profound epistemological question. What is truth? First, we should observe the possible attitude with which Pilate proposes this question. Is…

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“A Choice to Make”

June 3, 2021

Reflections on Galatians 3:1-9 (approx. 2 minute and 15 second reading time) When I look at this passage contextually, I think it might be easy to miss the point. Often, commentators would have us pay attention to the perceived connection between Genesis 12, citing the blessing of all nations and connecting that to an idea of Gentile nations. We look at this through Western eyes and anachronistically insert ourselves as the subject of the conversation. Now, in some respects, that is not an entirely misplaced notion. Indeed, God is building a Church out of Jew and Gentile (Rom. 9-11). Furthermore,…

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Lowering the Standards through “Progressivism”

May 13, 2021

How the Culture’s Progress Reworks Sure Foundations Christopher N. Croom, M.BEx. (Approximately 4 min read)   Recently, the Daily Wire reported that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), over the weekend of May 8-9, 2021, became the first mainline protestant denomination in the U.S. to elect a transgender Bishop; this, of course, occurred in California. One of the first comments made by the newly elected “Bishop” was to praise the synod’s decision and declare it to be a step toward dismantling Nicene standards. Why should the Church be concerned about that? The Nicene Creed itself is a result of…

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Logos 9 is here!

October 26, 2020

LOGOS 9 Review Logos 9 is the newest offering from FaithLife. It is designed to be both a learning and teaching aid to Christians. From the layperson right up to the scholar, FaithLife’s Logos has something for everyone. In the past, Logos has always improved their technology for their users, and this new offering is no different. When you open Logos 9 and click on a resource, you will notice that the response time is faster than on the previous version. The speed improvement in bringing up resources and study items is outstanding, and it seems the response time improvement…

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Christians in the Public Square

August 29, 2020

The world is in flux, and Christians cannot seem to decide how they should be involved. Where exactly is a Christian’s place in the public square? Should we be involved in politics, or should we only find ourselves advocating principles, rather than politicians and platforms? Today, we seek to investigate the Christian’s role in government. While there is no long passage of Scripture that directly deals with the concept of the Christian involvement in government, indeed, the Bible often speaks about the concept of government and Christian involvement.   What is Government? From a biblical perspective, what we see in…

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The End of Cancel Culture

August 20, 2020

Looking around America, we constantly see stories of “cancellation.” It is not a good kind either. Cancel Culture has emerged as the new vehicle of extreme hatred. If someone disagrees with what has been said, no matter how innocuous, the Cancel Culture Warriors have decided that that person or persons must lose their job, exist in mediocrity, and suffer for the sins of their “mistake.” So, how do we handle it as Christians? But isn’t that the same oppression experienced those who perpetrate so-called Cancel Culture? Isn’t the plight of these individuals that they have been hurt by America and…

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