Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Don’t Myth-understand It

This’ll be my last Resurrection post before my special 3-post series starting Good Friday to close out the topic. I never intended to talk about it for this long, but I just got into a groove and really enjoyed it. I hope you have too!

I hope you’ll find time to visit my site on Friday, Saturday, and Easter Sunday. I’ve written some pieces that will help take you through each day of that weekend from a special perspective.

But back to the topic at hand. There are a lot of theories out there attempting to explain away the Resurrection of Jesus. I’ve discussed many of them in this series, and there are a few others out there as well. All of them have pretty much been vaporized due to lack of any credible support. And so the modern skeptic of the Resurrection today usually stakes her claim on a fairly new default theory.

It’s all a myth.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Apostle bin Laden

Can you imagine Osama bin Laden becoming a Christian? Being baptized, publicly becoming a follower of Jesus and then directing the same enormous amounts of energy towards spreading the Gospel as he once had towards killing Americans and Christians?

Me neither, but that is almost exactly what happened to a man named Saul of Tarsus.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

Here’s something you may or may never have thought of before (unless you’ve read any of the great books on Christian apologetics out there). The fact that the traditional day of Christian worship is Sunday is another piece of evidence that the Resurrection really happened.

Huh?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Cha-cha-cha-cha-Changes

One of them was brash and overeager. Two of them wanted the power to kill their enemies. None of them were brave men—when the moment of crisis came, every single one of them fled out of fear for his own safety, forsaking their master to suffer his fate alone.

Yet literally overnight these men changed into powerhouses of faith, love, and boldness. One of the most powerful evidences for the Resurrection is the sudden and dramatic change in the lives of Jesus’ disciples.

From cowering, defeated weaklings to heroically brave and confident messengers of God’s love to all humankind. One night Peter is shouting obscenities at a maid denying that he even knows Jesus and slinking away into the shadows. Forty days later he is standing before a huge crowd and, with no formal education whatsoever, synthesizes the Torah, Jewish history, and the life of Jesus on the spot to form a complete picture of why Jesus was the Messiah, and concludes with authority,

Let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. (Acts 2:36)
Peter is so powerful and compelling that three thousand people become believers that day.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Can the word ‘Christian’ be saved?

In my last post I talked about how God is into redeeming rather than destroying. Whether it’s a life or a situation, He is a master at weaving the black threads of life into a larger tapestry of grace and goodness.

But what about the word ‘Christian’—is that something we should work to reclaim? The word itself has become so overused and abused that it hardly holds any meaning whatsoever anymore. “Christian” is supposed to mean ‘follower of Christ,’ but it’s become like the word ‘love’ or ‘awesome’—used in so many different ways that it doesn’t really mean anything anymore. In fact, I think that when most non-Christians think of that word, they think of Bad Christians.

We’ve even turned it into an adjective. These days we have our Christian books, Christian movies, Christian music, Christian politics, Christian clothing, even Christian videogames. Do we mean to say that Pilgrim’s Progress believes in Jesus as its own personal Lord and Savior? Does The Blind Side need to be baptized?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Further thoughts from a ‘Needs Improvement’ Christian trying to be better.

The weekend of my wedding—it must have been at our rehearsal dinner—one of my family members on my father’s side made an odd suggestion. He said that I should drop our family name and take my wife’s surname instead.

This wasn’t because he disliked me and thought I wasn’t worthy of carrying the name. Rather, it was the opposite: he thought our family name wasn’t worth carrying on. I’m not sure how serious he was about this suggestion, but I know it wasn’t an idle joke. He was at least 50% serious when he made it.

Monday, March 1, 2010

REVIEW: When Bad Christians Happen To Good People, by Dave Burchett

When Bad Christians Happen to Good People: Where We Have Failed Each Other and How to Reverse the DamageUPDATE 3/11/10: The author of the book, Dave Burchett, has informed me that he is currently updating the book for a 2nd Edition, due out in the summer of 2011. I would say to wait until it comes out to buy it, but it's so good you should buy it now anyway, and then buy it again when the next edition arrives!

They say that every writer (or aspiring writer!) has a book out there that they wish they had written. A book that captures the essence of their passions and is a near-perfect example of why they got into writing in the first place…the only difference being that this book explains concepts better, tells wittier and funnier stories, and is more skillfully written than anything this person could ever have come up with no matter how many drafts he went through.

I think I found my “book I wish I had written”. It’s called When Bad Christians Happen to Good People, by David Burchett.