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Archive for December, 2006

Comparing: Islam and Christianity #3 -The Virgin Birth of Jesus

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

Surprisingly both Islam and Christianity believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. 1. Christians look at the virgin birth as a sign and demonstration of his divinity: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (God with Us).  -Is. 7:14 For to us a child is born, to us […]

Mark 14:43-52 The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

     Vs. 43-45  Judas showed up that night with a whole gang of officials and Temple guards fully armed.  He had probably observed Jesus slip away from crowds on numerous occasions and decided to leave nothing to chance.  In the dim light flowing through the orchards on the Mount of Olives at night, it was necessary for Judas to […]

“The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot” -Part 3: The Historical Context and The Discovery

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

By Bart D. Ehrman (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2006, pgs.198)  Chapter Four:  Before The Discovery This chapter explores what was previously known about the Gospel of Judas and the community that supported its writing and publication.  The Gnostics were the group or community that the gospel probably originated in.  Nearly all that was known about this group for years […]

The Christmas Story

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

The Christmas story is found in Matthew (1:18-2:18) and in Luke (1:26-56, 2:1-40). However, Isaiah should never be ignored: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Is. 7:14) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon […]

Mark 14:32-42 Gethsemane

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

     Vs. 32-34  Following the Last Supper, Jesus and his disciples travel to the Mount of Olives to spend the night, then on to the garden or orchard of Gethsemane on the lower slopes of the Mount.  This was one of Jesus’ favorite places to go, particularly for prayer and meditation.  

Iran’s Holocaust Conference Vs. Objective Historical Truth

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

We live in times in which any kind of objective truth is under assault. Historical facts were never challenged so boldly than they were this week at the ‘Holocaust Conference’ in Tehran, Iran. Some conferees maintained that the death statistics were greatly exaggerated; others maintained that there was no evidence of the systematic killing of […]

“The Nativity Story”-A Review

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

New Line Cinema, PG, 12/1/06, Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke, 101 Min., Cast: Keisha Castle-Hughes (Mary), Oscar Isaac (Joseph), Shohreh Aghdashloo (Elizabeth), Stanley Townsend (Zechariah), Ciaran Hinds (Herod The Great). Come see this movie, it is time well spent, even during the busy Christmas season.  After all it is the story of the season and actually […]

“What Jesus Demands from the World” -Demand #1: You Must Be Born Again

Saturday, December 2nd, 2006

A continuing series reflecting on the book: “What Jesus Demands from the World”, By John Piper  (Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Books, 2006, 400 pgs.)   Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” -John 3:3;  Jesus answered, …” Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must […]