Does church make a Christian?

Or in other words, can someone really be a “Christian” but never go to church? In short, “Yes” and “No” but before you roll your eyes because of a flip-flopped answer, let me explain. Someone does not have to go to church to be a Christian. The Bible does not directly say, “Thou shalt go to church or thou art not Christian.” Yet to not … Continue reading Does church make a Christian?

How to interpret the Book of Revelation?

The Book of Revelation can be a sticky book to interpret. George Weeber states, “No book in the New Testament—for that matter, in the whole Bible—has so many confusing and radically different interpretations as Revelation.”[1] The prophecies, visions, and unique illusions can lead to many different interpretations. Scholars and theologians have differed on how to approach Revelation. There are four main views taken to the … Continue reading How to interpret the Book of Revelation?

How to study the Book of Revelation?

I’ve just begun a study of the Book of Revelation. I am excited to study this most interesting book. Before studying a new book of the Bible I like to remind myself of some helpful tidbits when studying the Bible. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Prayer is most important. When studying the Bible–including Revelation–you should humbly depend on God to give you wisdom and … Continue reading How to study the Book of Revelation?

Will Jesus’ grandpa please stand up?

Dealing with the problem in the genealogies of Matthew 1:16 and Luke 3:23 It is clear from the Bible, Jesus was supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:34ff) and His earthly, legal father was Joseph. However, sometimes you come across a sticky question from within the Bible where an apparent contradiction appears that there doesn’t seem to have an immediate answer in the text … Continue reading Will Jesus’ grandpa please stand up?

Questions for skeptics and contradiction seekers

I realize skeptics are the ones with questions. However, wise Christians should have good questions too, especially for skeptics. Questions help those with questions to think and reason out loud. Here are some good questions to consider when dialoging with a skeptic or contradiction seeker: 1. In the light of modern science, can you give reasons why Christians can continue to believe the Bible? This … Continue reading Questions for skeptics and contradiction seekers