“Can I Still Be a Christian And…”

What does “giving your life to Christ” mean? The Gospel invitation is simple and direct: If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved…for all who call on the name of the Lord will be saved (Romans 10:9, 13). But didn’t Jesus say, “unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees (the religious leaders of His day) you will not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:20)? Does becoming a Christian involve a simple confession or does it require wholesale change?      Continue reading ““Can I Still Be a Christian And…””

Christianity – The Logical Place to Start

Welcome to 2018! Many of us have a few things in common this time of year. We’ll visit family and friends, we’ll travel, and we’ll suffer from food comas after indulging in too much holiday goodness. Another thing many of us have in common at the beginning of the year are those troublesome New Year’s resolutions. Each of us likely has a thing or two to work on, but what if you or someone you know has decided to investigate God? Let’s say you’re an honest spiritual seeker looking through the catalog of world religions. How do you know where to begin and which one to follow?      Continue reading “Christianity – The Logical Place to Start”

Getting Back to Loving God

But I have this against you: you have abandoned the love you had at first.” (Revelation 2:4) This verse jumped to mind as I was deciding what to share in my final post this year. Reflecting back on this past year, Jesus’ message above to the church at Ephesus took on a new meaning for me. Yes I’m still a steadfast follower of Christ but I wondered, has my love for apologetics replaced my love for Jesus?       Continue reading “Getting Back to Loving God”

Truth vs. Relativism – What Makes Sense

Have you ever watched people greeting each other? Some people shake hands, some bow or kiss; others go all in with a bro hug. Different greetings are acceptable depending on the people or culture involved. What happens though when applying that same logic to everyday life? Is everything relative like the ways we greet each other or does a real, unchanging standard of truth and morality exist?      Continue reading “Truth vs. Relativism – What Makes Sense”

Can Christians Celebrate Halloween?

Fall is in the air, leaves are turning, and it’s definitely getting colder. With October drawing to a close, and stores stocked with decorations, it’s a natural time to consider Halloween. What are the origins of Halloween? Is it an innocent evening of fun, or are there darker dimensions to it? Can Christians celebrate Halloween or would we be better off sitting this one out?     Continue reading “Can Christians Celebrate Halloween?”