Knowing Jesus the Hope of the Ages

Why was Jesus being from Nazareth Derogatory

Luke 4:24 gives a general principle of human relationships. We often envy the success of those who come from the same circumstances that we do. Indeed, the people of Nazareth seemed to resent the fact that rather than staying at home, Jesus went off and became a...

Does God Forget our sins?

Scripture teaches that God forgives and forgets sinners' sin in Christ (Isaiah 43:25; Hebrews 10:14-18). Passages such as Isaiah 43:25 and Hebrews 10 teach that the Lord does not remember the sins of sinners in Christ. Yet, we should not confuse the Lord remembering...

How Was There Peace on Earth at Jesus’ Birth?

After giving the shepherds the good news of the gospel in Luke, chapter 2, the angel punctuated his proclamation with praise. But he did not do this alone, as the Scripture states, “Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and...
Three Questions About Christ’s Sinlessness

Three Questions About Christ’s Sinlessness

Question: How real were Christ’s temptations? Is there a distinction between His temptations and ours? Answer: Temptation cannot be defined in terms of the capacity of the one tempted to succumb. Temptation is enticement to sin from whatever source. On this basis,...

Why Jesus Cannot Be One Truth among Many

Why Jesus Cannot Be One Truth among Many

It is tempting in our melting-pot societies to think that living alongside people of different faiths is a purely modern phenomenon. But people of different religious beliefs have been coexisting for millennia, sometimes in conflict and sometimes in peace. One way in...

Saint Nicholas and the Origins of Santa Claus

Saint Nicholas and the Origins of Santa Claus

It might surprise many today to find out that Saint Nicholas (spoiler alert) was a real person after all. Was he the white-bearded man with a red suit, a cap, and a sleigh? Not quite, but he probably was bearded, did wear a hat, and did travel in horse-drawn—albeit...

Truly God, Truly Man: The Council of Chalcedon

Truly God, Truly Man: The Council of Chalcedon

It’s hard enough to pronounce “Chalcedon”. Getting to grips with its theology can be even more daunting. But the effort will be very richly rewarded. For the past 1,500 years—right up to the present day—virtually all orthodox Christian theologians have defined their...

Does Scripture Teach that Jesus is Fully God?

Does Scripture Teach that Jesus is Fully God?

The confession that the true God of all creation is triune—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—is rooted deeply in the soil of Christian theology. And one of the most debated and, at times, perplexing aspects of this confession is the question: “Does Scripture actually teach...

Setting the Stage for the First Millennium

Setting the Stage for the First Millennium

Volumes have been written giving detailed analyses of the extraordinary things that occurred in the first thousand years of Church history, events that influenced everything that came after them. In this brief overview, I’m going to look at five dimensions of activity...