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Jesus at the Feast of Tabernacles

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The context seems to indicate that Jesus brought only the Twelve with him when he went up to Caesarea Philippi (Luke 9:18; cf. John 6:66-68). It seems the disciples still needed some R&R due to their preaching mission (Luke 9:1-2), which they didn’t receive when the crowds followed them into the wilderness area near Bethsaida. Furthermore, since Caesarea Philippi could be considered pagan territory, it wasn’t likely that anyone would follow Jesus there but the Twelve. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

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In his book, The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins has described the Atonement:

“I have described atonement, the central doctrine of Christianity, as vicious, sado-masochistic and repellent. We should also dismiss it as barking mad, but for its ubiquitous familiarity which has dulled our objectivity. If God wanted to forgive our sins, why not just forgive them, without having himself tortured and executed in payment…”[1]

What can be said of this? Well, first of all, it seems that Dr. Dawkins has misunderstood the doctrine of Atonement. While it may be true that our sins can be forgiven outright, this doesn’t tell the whole story. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2016 in apologetics

 

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The Ultimate Free Lunch

Ultimate Free Lunch - Big Bang

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When speaking about the Big Bang Theory, physicist and cosmologist, Alan Guth, described the expanding universe as “the ultimate free lunch.”[1] That idea is very appealing. Nearly everyone likes to get something for free or next to it. For example, how many of us have ever entered free contests to receive a prize, whereby all we have to do is give our names and wait for someone to randomly pick the winner out of jar full of slips of paper, so we can take home our booty? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 6, 2013 in Christianity, naturalism

 

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Who Are These People?

Luke records for us in Acts 13:1 the names of five church leaders at Antioch, saying: “Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.” Who are these people? Luke simply mentions their names. We know a little about Barnabas, but I’ll deal with him at length in another blog. We know who Saul is, and I have already written about Lucius of Cyrene HERE, but who are Simeon, called Niger, and Manaen, who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch? Can we know? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2012 in Gospel, New Testament History

 

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What’s Left, If We Don’t Have Jesus?

In John 6 the Gospel writer for all intents and purposes has Jesus complete his Galilean ministry. This is not literally so, and we can see this if one compares John with the Synoptics, but for the Gospel of John, Jesus’ Galilean ministry ends with this chapter. From this point on, John is interested in telling us about Jesus’ Judean ministry—most of it spent in Jerusalem. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in loaves and fishes

 

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Did John the Baptist’s Ministry Fail?

This post is in response to an ongoing discussion I am having HERE. Since the discussion replies have become quite lengthy I thought I would blog my replies as long as they seem important and may be of an interest to others who come to my blog and may not be aware of the discussion. My partner’s name in this discussion is Arthur, and he has taken the position that John’s ministry was a failure, and, because it was a failure, Jesus had to be crucified. At least this is the conclusion of the speaker in the video[1] presented on Arthur’s website (see link below). Arthur’s words will be in bold italic to distinguish them from what I have to say. The first Scripture under discussion is: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Jesus, John the Baptist

 

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Jesus Was Crucified on a Wednesday!

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Unless I am missing something, a Wednesday crucifixion is the only day that can be reconciled with the Scriptures. The events noted in my previous five posts would fall in this order:

Nisan 9

Six day before the Passover (John 12:1),[1] Jesus came from Jericho and entered Jerusalem on a colt amid cries of “Hosanna to the Son of David…” The city was moved and wondered who Jesus was (Matthew 21:10). He entered the Temple area and cast out all those who bought and sold (Matthew 21:12-13). He healed the blind and the lame and then, because it is evening, he left for Bethany (Matthew 21:1-17) to lodge with his friend, Lazarus. Nisan 9 occurred on Friday, the week prior to the Crucifixion. By the way, Jericho is about 15-17 miles from Jerusalem; folks today have walked the distance in about eight hours. Jesus and the disciples may have covered the distance in the same time or even less, since they walked wherever they went and were used to traveling long distances by foot. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2010 in Christianity, Crucifixion, Religion

 

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