Why Christians should be talking about the resurrection constantly – Acts 24-26, Part 5

Though he had previously persecuted Christians because he thought they were followers of a false teacher, when he met the risen the Jesus, Paul was totally changed.  There was no denying this story of Paul’s life history.  The resurrection of Jesus changes everything.  I wonder if we have taken Jesus’ resurrection for granted?  I wonderContinue reading “Why Christians should be talking about the resurrection constantly – Acts 24-26, Part 5”

How to talk with famous people – Acts 24-26, Part 4

Have you ever had the chance to talk with someone famous? Did you feel nervous? Star struck? Sweaty and anxious? Christians reading this post, do you get excited when you hear that famous people become Christians? Or do you get excited when you hear that a president or star athlete or other celebrity is alreadyContinue reading “How to talk with famous people – Acts 24-26, Part 4”

The most important topic of Christianity that rarely gets talked about – Acts 24-26, Part 3

What do you think is the most important topic of Christianity? Perhaps it would help to consider Christian symbols. The cross and the Bible are probably to two most prevalent. They are both very important, but are the most important? I think there is a topic that is more important. If we dig deeper intoContinue reading “The most important topic of Christianity that rarely gets talked about – Acts 24-26, Part 3”

When talking about Jesus, it might be best not to refer to the Bible? – Acts 17, Part 4

What do you think about the title of this blog post? If you are a Christian, are you wondering if it bad advice? When we talk about Jesus, why would we not refer to the Bible? When I was a teenager going on mission trips with my church youth group, and then when I wasContinue reading “When talking about Jesus, it might be best not to refer to the Bible? – Acts 17, Part 4”

Two Easter stories: one false, one true – Matthew 28, Part 3

What is the true Easter story? As we have been following the telling of the Easter story in Matthew 28, we’ve learned that some women who were followers of Jesus, early on the Sunday morning after Jesus died, discovered an angel waiting in front of his empty tomb. Check out the previous two posts hereContinue reading “Two Easter stories: one false, one true – Matthew 28, Part 3”

The first mission of the church was given to women- Matthew 28, Part 2

It is Sunday morning.  Early.  Still dark.  In our previous post, we followed Matthew’s account of what happened after Jesus’ death on that Friday and Saturday long ago. We started at Matthew 27:50, watching as Matthew gave us short rapid camera shots, from a variety of locations around Jerusalem. Now look at Matthew 28:1.  MatthewContinue reading “The first mission of the church was given to women- Matthew 28, Part 2”

What happened after Jesus died – Matthew 28, Part 1

We will all have coronavirus stories to share for years to come.  Recently my daughter said, “This will be an event that I’ll be telling my kids and grandkids about.”  And she is right.  There will be so many stories.  The courageous health care workers working to heal those who contracted the virus, many ofContinue reading “What happened after Jesus died – Matthew 28, Part 1”

Jesus’ surprising instructions: Wait and Witness (what is that???) – Acts 1, Part 2

Yesterday I started what a series studying the book of Acts, and the central question we’ll be asking each week is this: How did the first Christians live as followers of Jesus, in their world? This week we are working through Acts 1. In the first three verses, we learned that, over the 40 daysContinue reading “Jesus’ surprising instructions: Wait and Witness (what is that???) – Acts 1, Part 2”

Who we really are in Christ – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 2

Think about how you see yourself. Is it the same as who you are? Is it possible that your self-identity is different from who you really are? I think it is very possible. Consider people that think they are losers, failures, or many other negative words. Perhaps other people told them that. Perhaps they didContinue reading “Who we really are in Christ – Our Identity: In Christ, Part 2”

How much should we let our Christianity show? – Characters: Daniel, Part 4

In this series of posts on Daniel and his friends, we’ve been talking about assimilation. How much should Christians allow themselves to assimilate with their surrounding culture? What areas of ethics matter, and which don’t? It’s not always easy to know. One way people seek to answer this question is about process. Do the endsContinue reading “How much should we let our Christianity show? – Characters: Daniel, Part 4”