While Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, is the best candidate in the race, he has one big problem. I know I would get a hearty “amen” from the Trump supporters, but you will find no sympathy here. Your man is not worth voting for.
The internet is all abuzz because today is Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter. There are lots of messages about the risen Savior, and the fact the the tomb it empty. There is a lot of excitement and I’m sure many are getting dressed in their finest clothes to go hear a message about the empty tomb, unless they are going to a big, liberal church, then they will hear about a spiritual resurrection, instead of a physical one.
My question to all: where was your excitement last Sunday? And what about three Sundays from now? The very reason Christians celebrate the LORD’s Day on the first day of the week is because of the resurrection. The true believer celebrates the resurrection EVERY Sunday, not just once a year.
Yes, it is neat that we can know the day that Christ arose from the grave, the first day of the week after the Passover. But the celebration of the empty tomb happens weekly when we remember LORD’s day worship, not just once a year.
For the last several months, Heidi has wanted to take me to Houston’s restaurant here in Dallas. For years, Heidi worked for Houston’s by going to their various locations, ordering food, eating it, and then sending a review of the service and food back to the corporate office. The company actually paid her to do this. Because of her experience, she has always been fond of the restaurant and wanted to share with me that fondness even though the restaurant is rather expensive. So on Saturday, we decided to go to Hillstone restaurant, which is owned by the same company that owns Houston’s and has the same food.
A friend posted that meme on Facebook, and I thought, “why just John?” There are lots of 3:16s in the Bible that are helpful. Here are most of them from the New Testament:
- Matthew 3:16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He[a] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
- Mark skipped on purpose.
I know that many of us are always trying to find the best translation of the Bible. We want to know that we are as close to the original languages as possible, but without losing readability. So of the two Bible translations, the New King James Version and the English Standard Version, which one is the best translation?
Now, I know there is a sect of Christianity that insists on being “KJV-only.” These sectarians tell us that the translation itself was inspired by the Holy Spirit and no other group of translators were afforded such a blessing, therefore all other translations are of the devil. Anyone who reads those other translations are not true Christians. You can only be a true Christian, according to these pundits, by using the 1611 Authorized Version of the King James Bible. I’m sure there is a lot more to joining their sect, a secret handshake, a special baptism, and a host of other silly things they find very important, but never amount to anything of actual significance. I’m not arguing for that and strongly disagree with them (except for the part about the secret handshake…buy me a marble mocha macchiato sometime and I will show you the secret handshake that you really need to know).
I’ve been extremely busy here of late, and tired. So my pace of blogging has fallen on hard times. I have written one post in the last three weeks, and one draft.
Several things caught my eye that are worth mentioning. The first is that I was listening to the Mortification of Spin podcast the other day and finally heard a great rebuttal of transformationalism. Transformationalism is the idea that the church is going to take the culture by storm and transform it for Christ. The idea comes from Abraham Kuyper, who had the means to be very transformative in that he was the prime minister of the Netherlands, owned a large newspaper, and was the head of a college. The idea is that through the gospel, and enough Christians in the culture, we can transform culture.