Is Jesus “a god”? Revisiting John 1:1 & the Jehovah’s Witness Translation

Is Jesus “a god”? Revisiting John 1:1 & the Jehovah’s Witness Translation

KNOCK, KNOCK. WHO’S THERE? J.W., WHO? John 1:1 reads, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (ESV) But not so fast! These astonishing statements at the beginning of John’s gospel are traditionally understood to tell us two key, unique aspects of orthodox Christian belief: Jesus … Continue reading

Understanding Divine Blessing: Does the Prosperity Gospel Get It Right? (w/ Book Review)

Understanding Divine Blessing: Does the Prosperity Gospel Get It Right? (w/ Book Review)

The biblical concept of “blessing”—as in being blessed and blessing others—is not a topic any church I’ve attended focused on, so when I had the opportunity to read and review Divine Blessing and the Fullness of Life in the Presence of God by William R. Osborne, I took it. This is the second book I’ve … Continue reading

The Serpent, Dragon & Leviathan in Symbol & Scripture (w/ Book Review)

The Serpent, Dragon & Leviathan in Symbol & Scripture (w/ Book Review)

LITERAL OR FIGURATIVE? As Christians, we often have to defend our belief that the Bible should be taken literally. The writers of the Bible present much of the information as historical truth, and Christians need to accept certain claims of the Bible as fact to be true Christ-followers. For example, the apostle Paul wrote that … Continue reading

Stop Being an %$#@& on Social Media: False Dichotomy, the Bane of Modern Debate

Stop Being an %$#@& on Social Media: False Dichotomy, the Bane of Modern Debate

Stop Being an %$#@& on Social Media, PART 1: 14 Quick Tips for Better Online Interactions Stop Being an %$#@& on Social Media, PART 2: 5 Common Logical Mistakes to Avoid Logical Fallacy: False Dichotomy Picking up right where we left off… A false dichotomy is another logical fallacy that I see regularly used in online debates. … Continue reading

The Importance of Family Discipleship (w/ Book Review)

The Importance of Family Discipleship (w/ Book Review)

“Discipling your child is not primarily your church’s job, your child’s school’s job, or your pastor’s job. This job is yours,” Matt Chandler and Adam Griffin write in their book Family Discipleship: Leading Your Home through Time, Moments, and Milestones. And they’re absolutely right. In our consumerist and busy culture, parents often “outsource” the spiritual … Continue reading

Stop Being an %$#@& on Social Media: 5 Common Logical Mistakes to Avoid

Stop Being an %$#@& on Social Media: 5 Common Logical Mistakes to Avoid

PART 1: Stop Being a %$#&@ Online: 14 Quick Tips for Better Online Interactions Not everyone is motivated by logic. And when that’s the case, all communication breaks down. Just like there are laws of physics that are undeniable, there are also laws of logic. The Christian worldview believes there’s a divine intelligence behind creation, … Continue reading