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Archive for February, 2007

Mark 15:1-15 Jesus On Trial: Before Pilate

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

     Vs. 1-5 The Sanhedrin had made it’s decision. Now they send Jesus to Pilate hoping that he will agree to carry out their sentence. However, Pilate is not about to rubber stamp their condemnation. He proceeds to judge for himself. The Jewish leaders say that this Jesus was claiming to be the Messiah- an […]

The Shifting Center of Christianity

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

The 20th century and early 21st has seen the center of Christianity shift from the West (Europe and North America) to places like Korea, Africa and South America.  It has truly become a world religion and former missions have matured and become centers of the Christian faith.  In turn sending out their own missionaries and raising up their […]

Friday Worship & Prayers End With Violence?

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

Why is it that nearly every time there is a riot or violence caused by a large Muslim crowd it is usually right after Friday prayer and worship services?  When have you ever heard of a group of Christians leaving church on Sunday and immediately begin to riot?  When have Jews ever left a Synagogue on Saturday and began to […]

Jesus Loves Osama?

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

Central Baptist Church in Sydney Australia carried the following message on their sign:  Jesus Loves Osama.  Several other churches followed suit and the controversy was on.  Finally even Prime Minister John Howard joined the dialogue.  Some are offended by the message.  Others think that it is just good Christian theology, after all doesn’t Jesus love everyone, even evil […]

“Confessions of an Amateur Believer”

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

By Patty Kirk (Nashville,Tenn.: Nelson Books, 2006, 275 pages) A very interesting book on the real-life faith journey of Patty Kirk: a college teacher, farmer, mother, wife, daughter-in-law, and regular Christian. She writes about her path from a simple faith in God as a child, to her tragedy induced unbelief and eventual atheism. Then she […]

Mark 14:54, 66-72 Peter’s Denial of Jesus

Monday, February 5th, 2007

     Vs. 54  All of the disciples of Jesus scattered at his arrest except Peter.  Verse 54 records that Peter followed the procession at a distance and even ventured into the courtyard of the high priest.  From that position, he was somewhat privy to the discussion of the Sanhedrin.  Usually the council held their meetings near the […]

The Gospel of Judas: A Response to the Overview

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

In the last article I presented an overview of the Gospel of Judas, based upon chapter six of Ehrman’s book: The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot.  I realize now that I should have included some kind of response and compared the contents to orthodox Christianity.  The following is adapted from an article I published in April 2006 when the […]