Author Archives: St. John Studies

“Our Response” *

“It is important to realize that the basic ideas of Christianity rest upon the idea that God made the first move”  [from St. John Studies, “In the Beginning,” January 27, 2021].  God spoke the world into existence,  God acted in … Continue reading

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“In the Beginning…”*

“In the beginning God…” These are the first four words in the Old Testament, the first four words of The Bible. They are also the first four words of Chapter One of John Stott’s book Basic Christianity. They indicate the … Continue reading

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“Earthly and Divine…”

Why did Jesus Christ die? In recent posts I have discussed John Stott’s positions on the responsibility of two individuals and one group for the death of Jesus* As Stott finishes “Chapter 2” of The Cross of Christ , he … Continue reading

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“He Kissed HIm…”

Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him…  [Matthew 10: 4]. After considering Pilate’s responsibility for the death of Christ in “The Loud Voices of Rationalization” on December 29 [St. John Studies] and then the Jewish leaders’ responsibility in “The ‘Dark Passion’ … Continue reading

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The “Dark Passion” of Envy

Render Unto Caesar by Peter Paul Rubens Epiphany Sunday is a Christian holiday primarily commemorating the Magi’s visit to the Baby Jesus.  As I sat in worship service listening to my pastor deliver a message from Matthew 2: 1-12, I … Continue reading

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The Loud Voices of Rationalization

It was 2004… My wife and I were able to go watch the film with a group of people from our church.  The power of the movie was evident, especially the scenes depicting the Roman’s treatment of Jesus after they … Continue reading

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Basic: What did Jesus Come to Do? What Do We Need to Do?

Ok, let’s just say that a “basic Christian” now believes one of the most fundamental thoughts about the faith [that Jesus Christ actually existed on this earth and He was God].  That is a big step forward for anyone who … Continue reading

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Responsibility for the Death of Jesus

Who was responsible for the death of Jesus Christ? Some believers don’t seem to be that concerned about this at all; their focus is mostly on the resurrection.  Their thought is that Jesus did not really die.  He was raised … Continue reading

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Basic: Jesus Is The Son of God…

“I don’t fit in with those people in there.  They are perfect and I have my share of problems.  I am not sure I even want to get rid of my problems.  At least I can have a little fun … Continue reading

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Two Books: One Author

I guess you can find images of just about anything on the internet. Here are images of the exact R.W. Stott book I read in 1989, when I gave my life to Christ. At a time when I needed to … Continue reading

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