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Post Resurrection Appearances: Inventions or Hallucinations?

Since July 8th, I have been commenting on John Stott’s discussion of evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  That post on July 8th  is entitled “The Most Important Claim of All.”  For someone not familiar with Christianity, the extreme … Continue reading

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Burial Procedures and Jesus’ Resurrection

“The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) estimates that over half of Americans now choose cremation over burial, and it expects more people to do so in the future. In fact, NFDA expects cremation trends will become the rule by 2040, … Continue reading

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How Did Jesus Get Out of the Tomb?

May 2001, I wrote in a book “Am I ready for such a book as this?  For Jesus to come into my life, I had to open my heart.  Now Bill Bright [the writer of the Foreword] says God wants … Continue reading

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The Most Important Claim of All…

“Jesus Christ is the centre of Christianity.” [Note the British English spelling of our American word “center”].  This quotation is from page 21 of John Stott’s book Basic Christianity.  It is the overarching theme of Stott’s book. Through three chapters … Continue reading

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The Holy God of Love

My guess is that if an author writes a book centered on the cross of Christ, a large portion of that book must address the idea of atonement or the reparation for a wrong or injury; in the Christian faith, … Continue reading

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Just Trust and Obey…

All my life as a Christian I have heard the following:  “Jesus Christ died for you,”  “Christ took the punishment that you deserved,” and “Jesus gave you the greatest gift, a chance at freedom from sin, grace that you do … Continue reading

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Seeing the Forest

We have all heard the old adage “don’t miss the forest for the trees.”  For readers of this blog, I want to remind you of what I am trying to accomplish. I am commenting on two books by the same … Continue reading

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Man’s Sin and God’s Honor…

Exodus 20: 12 ““Honor your father and your mother” Romans 1:21 “For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God” “If the early Greek fathers represented the cross primarily as a ‘satisfaction’ of the devil…and the early … Continue reading

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God and Man’s Law…

“How…can we possibly believe that God needed some kind of ‘satisfaction’ before He was prepared to forgive [man], and that Jesus Christ provided it [satisfaction] by enduring  as our ‘substitute’ for the punishment we sinners deserved” [112, The Cross of … Continue reading

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Stott’s Statement on Satisfaction and Substitution

“We strongly reject, therefore, every explanation of the death of Christ which does not have at its centre the principle of ‘satisfaction through substitution’, indeed divine self-satisfaction through divine self-substitution. The cross was not a commercial bargain with the devil, … Continue reading

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