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Ten Turning Points: Again, Why the Cross?

Ten Turning Points: Again, Why the Cross?

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference When Jesus died on the cross he did it for joy and for love. We saw that last time in this series. That doesn’t tell us much, though, about what was actually helpful about his dying.. Earlier in this series (here and here) we looked at humanity’s fundamental problem, our separation from God due to disobedience. This is a spiritual separation, a lack of relationship between us and God,…

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Ten Turning Points: Why the Cross?

Ten Turning Points: Why the Cross?

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Why did Jesus die on the cross? Last time in this series I explored Bruce L. Shelley’s observation, “Christianity is the only major religion to have as its central event the humiliation of its God.” Why would God—why would any God—endure such a thing? Let’s see what the Bible has to say about it. Hebrews 12:1,2 is a good place to start: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so…

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Our Problem: Illusion or Reality?

Our Problem: Illusion or Reality?

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference What’s our problem? No, seriously. What’s wrong with us? Maybe nothing’s wrong with us. Sure, it seems like something’s not right with humanity, but maybe it’s just an illusion. There are modern naturalists/materialists who say consciousness and free will are human illusions. They’re not the only ones who place common-sense human experience in doubt. “Christian Science” (which is neither) teaches that evil is unreal, and that our only real…

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Somebody Here is Very Spiritually Naive

Somebody Here is Very Spiritually Naive

One of the characters in this video is displaying some serious spiritual naivete, a dangerous disconnection from reality. My question for you is, which one, and why? (The clip is 2 minutes, 38 seconds long. Use this alternate link if the video fails to display properly–it hasn’t always been behaving today. I have another question specifically for followers of Christ to discuss at my Strategic Christian blog.) Hat tip to Joe Carter

What Christ Does For Us, Part 10: Resurrection, Again

What Christ Does For Us, Part 10: Resurrection, Again

Christians often pray, “God, let us see you work in power.” We may not understand what it is we ask. God does His best work following a death. I approach this topic very cautiously, for though there is something important to say here, there is a danger of trivializing it. I just spent several hours with a very good friend whose mother passed away a few weeks ago. Her passing was very difficult. The pain of my own mother’s death,…

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What Christ Does for Us, Part 9: The Cross, Again

What Christ Does for Us, Part 9: The Cross, Again

In a series on what Christ does for us, one post on Christ’s cross and resurrection is hardly enough. I must linger a while longer. Ravi Zacharias once said (according to a friend of mine), “The only alternative to the cross is the trivialization of sin.” I’m sure he was speaking pastorally, to Bible believers, for if he had been speaking philosophically he could have suggested other alternatives. The cross–Christ’s death, in other words–is presented in the Bible as a…

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