How did a Persian king’s cup-bearer have the skill, confidence, and perseverance to lead the third Jewish return to Jerusalem in 445 B.C.? I have recently started studying the book of Nehemiah with friends – so we could compare opinions. Quickly, a reoccurring pattern stood out to us. Nehemiah constantly prayed. ***** As the book of Nehemiah is written in first person, it is assumed … Continue reading WALKING WITH GOD?
The Task The greatest command given to Christian’s is found in Matthew 28:19, where His followers are mandated to make “disciples of all nations.” These, some of the last words of Jesus on earth are known as the Great Commission. It is appropriate that the words are treated with their deserving weight as sharing the message of the gospel is a vital part of Christian … Continue reading TRAVEL WITH PURPOSE
Many of the most iconic and famous religious figures in history are those who committed extreme acts whose stories have circulated well beyond their death, immortalising them as enduring symbolic figures. Whether it be a reverence for the dedicated monks of the mountains, the pious and ultra-religious Pharisees of Second Temple Judaism, or those who fought in war on behalf of their faith, we often … Continue reading WHY EXTREMISM IS TOO EASY
Clarity. When everything finally falls into place and you feel at peace, at least this was my first experience with it. However, the clarity I discovered was ironically found with the object which had previously confused me. ***** I have always believed that God existed and that the Bible was accurate. However, I had never experienced anything which made this belief meaningful and life-changing for … Continue reading CLARITY
Weekly Ritual The last note of the final hymn reverberates throughout the building. Church is done for the week. I sit down, look at my friends and head to lunch content with the knowledge that I have gone to Church this week. I have done the bare minimum for my Christian journey, and I can excuse myself for just a while if I forget to … Continue reading CHURCH: ME OR WE?
Make sure to read Parts 1 and 2 before reading this article TEXTUAL CRITICISM It would be remiss to write on Bible translations, and not discuss textual criticism. It sounds fancy, but really it just refers to comparing different Bible manuscripts, to try and figure out which is the most accurate rendition of the text, in its original language. For example, if you have 3 … Continue reading WHICH BIBLE TRANSLATION IS BEST: PART 3?
INTRODUCTION *Make sure to read Part 1 here before reading this article 😊* Language is complex, every Bible translation is imperfect, but how important are the actual words of Scripture? How did we even receive the Biblical text we have today? Answering these questions of the origins of Biblical manuscripts and the different types of interpretation, will provide us with a theological basis to refute … Continue reading WHICH BIBLE TRANSLATION IS BEST?: PART 2
The most common question I hear from those beginning to read the Bible for the first time is the following: which Bible translation should I read? It’s seems like an innocent enough question, but in reality, it is a can of worms, unleashing one of the most pervasive and controversial topics in contemporary Christianity. Entire churches and denominations have drawn party lines and established a … Continue reading WHICH BIBLE TRANSLATION IS BEST?: PART 1
Hidden Crumbs On April thirteenth, 2019 Taylor Swift began a thirteen-day long countdown on her social media accounts. This countdown sent the world (or perhaps maybe just the Swifties) into a frenzy. The following thirteen days were fraught by cryptic clues from Swift in the form of what would turn out to be stills from her upcoming music release, and these spawned increasingly far-fetched fan … Continue reading TAYLOR SWIFT AND THE MESSIANIC COUNTDOWN
30 million people glued their eyes to their television screens for two hours, to find the answer to one question: what was in ‘Scarface’ Alcapone’s secret vault? A team of experts claimed to have found a lost hiding place of the notorious American gangster, and even more excitingly, a mysterious vault. What treasures lay inside? Gold? Jewels? A cache of weapons? Diaries from the gangster … Continue reading THE SECRET OF AL CAPONE’S VAULT