Month: September 2018

Finding Christ in Christianity

 

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I decided to start this blog after one of my sons said he was struggling with his faith. Specifically, he felt the Scriptures do not align. So, he began calling himself a “red letter” Christian. He believes the words of Jesus that are in red, but he questions the veracity of everything else.

I completely get that, especially in our world where we have confidence that we can reasonably understand about anything just by Googling it and skimming a few posts. If we’re looking for a hotel review, the best deal to buy some new tires, or even learning about Lupus on WebMD, this approach is entirely valid. And, for most university courses the subject matter can be gleaned more quickly and more currently from the web than from a textbook. However, this is not the case when tackling 1st-century events that have two thousand years of commentary covering every nook and cranny of the divine Word of God.

So, instead of adding more verbiage and thereby moving us even further from the Truth of Scripture, I intend to take us on an expedition that unwraps as many layers of commentary as I can so we get down to the bedrock, or more specifically, the Rock, Christ Jesus. We’re going to be discovering, once again, Christ in Christianity.

You may come from a church background that teaches the Bible is not adequate, on its own, but it also takes the writings of the early Church Fathers for us to effectively understand God’s Word. As we excavate Christianity to find the Rock of our Salvation, we will tackle this teaching.

Ok, this is serious stuff but let’s be joyful. As Jesus said (red letter), “If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you” – John 15:10-12 (NIV).

 

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