How Jesus Taught, How Jesus Died

As noted in my preceding blogpost, Jesus came to earth to do two things:  To teach, and to die.  This post has some brief thoughts on why the way He did each makes sense. *** “Verily, verily,” says Jesus over and over in His teaching, never, “Don’t quote me on this.”  He was indeed teaching … [Read more…]

Robert E. Coleman, “The Master Plan of Evangelism” (2d ed., abridged)

Our church recently distributed this book to its “small group” leaders, and a good friend who’d already read it said this was the best book on evangelism he ever read (he noted in particular its emphasis on the importance of replication). The whole book is online here: [link:  https://campusministryunited.com/Documents/MasterPlanOfEvangelism.pdf]. The title contains the theme:  “Master … [Read more…]

Two Thoughts To Start the Month

It’s interesting, is it not, how much of what Jesus says in Scripture was in response to a question or challenge?  And it is also interesting how the Bible combines great simplicity with great complexity.  For example, what God wants can be boiled down to loving Him and loving our fellow humans, but the extent … [Read more…]

How Do We Love God?

The greatest commandment, said Jesus, is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength (see Luke 10:25-28, Mark 12:28-31; see also Matthew 22:35-40 [minus strength]). Well, we should love God then — but how exactly is this done? *** As we unpack the four means with which we are to love God, … [Read more…]

Evangelism Pep Talk for the Month

We’re told that sometime next month the earth’s population will reach 8 billion.  And it’s estimated that close to one-third of the people in the world today are Christians. So here’s a thought, shared by our church’s minister in a recent sermon:  What if every Christian brought just one other person to Christ?  Even better, … [Read more…]

Keeping the Golden Rule

Jesus told us to do unto others as you would have them do unto you, and added that this sums up the law and the prophets.  Matthew 7:12; see also Luke 6:31.   So the Golden Rule is important, and the idea of this post is to offer some thoughts on following it. *** It’s … [Read more…]

Quoting Jesus

Jesus is, as you would expect, quoted a lot in the Gospels.  But how much is He quoted in the rest of the New Testament? I found the answer to be surprising.  If you consider all his letters, Paul quotes Jesus … exactly once (I Corinthians 11:24-25, regarding what Jesus said at the last supper, … [Read more…]