Posts from April 2017

Posts from April 2017

DEAD SCHOLARS VS. THE LIVING CHRIST

A good many years ago, Johnny Carson asked the nearly hundred-year-old comedian George Burns what his doctor said about his cigars and brandy. “Nothing,” said the old man.  “He’s dead.” Something like this applies to the unending attacks of certain “scholars” on the resurrection of our Lord. Gerd Ludemann, a German New Testament scholar, argues that Jesus’ body “rotted…

THE CHRIST WHO ABIDES

Two disciples meet up with the risen Christ on the road to Emmaus as the sun sets on Easter evening.  They do not recognize the Stranger who opens the Scriptures to them there in the roadway.  But as the sun sets, the two men say to the Stranger:  “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.  And He went in to tarry with them”  (Luke 24:29 KJV).…

BURIED AND RAISED WITH CHRIST

No matter how you cut it, the passages in the Bible which talk about Baptism always speak of Baptism not as something we do for God, not as some commitment or decision on our part, not as some ordinance or 11th commandment tacked on to the gospel of God’s grace, but rather as something which God does for us – washing us, clothing us, giving birth to us, adopting us,…

THE SERVANT KING

A reporter once did a piece on what it was like for Truman when he left office, for Eisenhower when he went back to his farm at Gettysburg, for Johnson when he went back to his ranch in Texas, for Nixon when he resigned in disgrace, for Ford who barely got a chance at it, for Carter who cried on the plane when returning to his peanut farm in Georgia, for Reagan, Bush,…

THE JUST GOD WHO JUSTIFIES

Some years ago Harrison Ford had folks on the edge of their seats with the movie version of The Fugitive – spun off of the old TV series. The doctor was falsely accused, convicted and sentenced to die for the murder of his wife.  Of course, everyone knows that the one-armed man did it. On the way to execution the doctor escapes. His time on the run, all the while seeking…
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