I recently took part in a lively discussion about this question. In an area (the Hypostatic Union of Christ) bristling with difficulties, I will keep my words few. I'd simply like to offer a couple points of clarification and then I'll quote an expert. The Difficulty Some people may wonder why this is a difficult question. They will say God cannot sin, so of course Jesus could not sin. And that's true. But a tension still exists. Scripture makes two claims that are difficult to combine. … [Read more...] about Could Jesus Have Sinned?
So what's all the fuss about? Why does Christmas matter? It certainly matters in our culture. Christmas means family and friends. It means presents and undoing Scrooges. But theologically, what's the deal? The average joe knows Jesus was born, but why does that matter? Here's a quick attempt at answering the "so what" of Christmas... A Promise Kept Christmas is first a promise kept. It matters because God kept his word to all his people. All the way back to Adam and Eve, the … [Read more...] about The Theological Significance of Christmas
We live in a pluralistic society where ideas and cultures collide. As Christians, how should we navigate these collisions? Watching the ministry of Jesus gives us a clue. To any controversy Jesus brought grace and truth. Grace Jesus did not avoid controversy. He allowed all kinds of sketchy types and rejects to join him (Matthew 9:10). He talked with sinners and saints, conservatives and liberals, the religious and irreligious, Jewish zealots and Gentile heretics. And to all of these … [Read more...] about How Jesus Navigates Controversy and Culture
Picture the scene. A raucous wedding party. The bride and groom dancing. The waiters surfing the crowd with appetizers. The DJ spinning tracks. Banners, balloons, flowers and streamers. The celebration and ecstasy. Then the unthinkable happens. No wine. How do you run out of wine? What kind of cut-rate party is this! But one mother in the crowd hears of the predicament. She knows the pressure of pleasing guests. One mother knows her son, and she knows the solution. "When the wine ran … [Read more...] about One Confident Mother