Few people are familiar with Isaac Gonzales, a man who lived in Boston at the turn of the 20th century. Gonzales was a man tormented. He worked for a company that stored molasses next to the Boston harbor. Ships unloaded the molasses into a massive metal tank that, when filled, contained over 2 million gallons
The book of Romans is often seen as a book that tells people how to be saved from the lake of fire. Many evangelistic tracts use various verses from the book to tell the unbeliever how to be saved in this regard. When you combine this with the tendency of many people to see the
Though often blind to it, we are all influenced by our religious traditions. If we aren’t careful, these traditions may cause us to see things through an inaccurate lens. An example is the way we interpret certain words in the Bible, without considering how those words are being used. Take, for example, the word condemnation
In part 2 of this series, I discussed two popular ways of understanding the darkness at the cross of Christ. While there were some truths contained in those views, I think there is a better alternative. This alternative fits the context of Mark 15 better. There are two keys to adopting this view. The first
In part 1, I argued that the centurion at the foot of the cross wisely considered the darkness at the time of Christ’s death and came to some surprisingly good conclusions about who Jesus is. We should ask the significance of that darkness as well. First of all, however, I would like to consider some
In Jesus’ sermon on the plain, He gives some extremely demanding commands: “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also.
Although Ecclesiastes is written from the perspective “under the sun,” you do see some glimpses of eternity. As I wrote in an earlier blog, Solomon did mention life beyond the sun, and how God put a longing for eternity in our hearts: He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity
I received the following email: I understand the deadly consequences of unrepentant sin in this life. But I don’t get the idea of negative consequences at the Judgment Seat of Christ. What deadly consequences would there be? In 1 Cor 3:10-15 it sounds like any wood, hay, or stubble works will simply be burned up.