Gun Control — A Conservative Christian’s Perspective

On our front door at home are three decals. One says Christians Unite – Luke 22:36, another indicates our National Rifle Association support, and finally, one that supports the agenda of the Three Percenters1 (see reference for intriguing details, especially for our British readers). Those public displays indicate that the residents of this home believe …

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John 1:1 – Does this Bible verse prove Jesus is God?

The most common doctrine taught in Christian churches, about the relationship between God and Jesus, is that they are one and the same. Both, along with the Holy Spirit, are considered a single “Godhead.” This three-in-one approach to Jesus’ identity is really just a theory – a dogmatic point of view that did not exist …

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Greeting People: in Bible Times & Now

I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana during the first half of the last century, so you know I’m upwards in age. I’m not living there now, but it is a very cool place from which to have grown up and, even as an adult, it was fun. Drive-up daiquiri shops were as …

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Define ‘Christian’ for Me

A recent message came into my office asking, “Define ‘Christian’ for me. That word gets thrown around, with no clear definition. If possible, use the Bible to define it.” I’ve gotten many similar questions over the years and the writer of that message makes a good underlying point. Authors and speakers keep using this word …

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Hebrews 6:4 — Can We Lose Our Salvation?

The Epistle to the Hebrews is a “battleground of discordant opinion and conjecture: its author is unknown, its occasion unstated, and its destination disputed”1 and chapter six, which tells about the perils of falling away from the Christian faith, is one of the most misunderstood parts of the book. Before we dig into chapter 6, …

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Can you be a Christian and Not Believe in the Trinity?

I want to talk about God and Jesus and their relationship, but I don’t want to argue about it, for arguments have been going on for a couple thousand years. I do, however, wish to present some evidence to give you something different to think about, because while most large modern denominations claim God is …

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“In Jesus’ Name” — Must We Say Those Words When Praying?

This may seem like a silly question, but does it really matter how we pray? Think about it, most people pray because they want something; they send up a prayer and ask God for a favor or item and hope for the best. With this attitude, they should call it ‘ask and hope’ instead of …

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Speaking in Tongues — Is Glossolalia Real?

Speaking in an unknown language, as many do in today’s Pentecostal, Charismatic, Catholic, and a few other Christian religions, is generally considered a New Testament phenomenon. This ability was received as one of the miraculous spiritual gifts given to the apostles after the death of Christ and is known as “speaking in tongues.” Although it …

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Crucifixion of Christ: Was a Cross or Pole Used?

Crucifixion was a regular mode of capital punishment among early pagan nations, and most likely originated with the Persians and then spread to the Assyrians, Germans, Celts, Britons and others. This punishment was “primarily reserved for traitors, captive armies, slaves and the worst of criminals” and was common under the rule of Alexander the Great …

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Satan, the Devil, and Lucifer: are they one and the same?

Most Christians believe that these three names are interchangeable for identifying the biggest and most powerful ‘bad guy’ of the Bible. Just what are the dictionary definitions for these words: Satan, Devil, Lucifer? According to Merriam-Webster, Satan is Greek and the Hebrew is śā[t]ān, which means adversary. It is the angel in Jewish belief that …

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