Posted by PW on January 30, 2014
The Author of this post is a close friend of Pastor Walt & Kim,
and active member of the Crossroads family.
It can be tough at times to live in the world of academia, as professor in the social sciences, and in the world of Christianity, as a born-again Christian trying to reconcile my over-feeling heart and my over-thinking mind. One of the toughest issues for me has been abortion. I have sworn for years that I will always be ardently pro-choice, as a feminist and as an American who believes in th...[Read More]
Posted by PW on June 7, 2013
Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:36-41; Romans 6:1-4 (cf. Ephesians 4:17-32 & Colossians 3:1-17); 1 Peter 3:21-22
Above are some of the key verses in the New Testament regarding baptism. Reading these verses, you'll notice that baptism is...
commanded by Jesus (Matthew 28)
closely linked to conversion and the Holy Spirit (Acts 2)
identifies us with Jesus (Romans 6)
symbolizes salvation (1 Peter 3)
If you read through the book of Acts, you'll see that baptism is the NORMAL response for those deciding to become followers of "the Way" (i.e. Jesus, Christianity, etc.). Technically, bapt...[Read More]
Posted by PW on April 26, 2013
I suppose there are a lot of ways to respond to that question...it depends on what you mean by "kind of Christian." Baptist? Pentecostal? Lutheran? Or maybe there's a whole different angle to consider: Perhaps you are a "good" Christian, or "back-slidden" or "nominal" or some other label that describes your current spiritual status.
But I have something different in mind. In a recent discussion on terrorism, a friend of mine said something to the effect of, "Yeah, well what about all those Christian terrorists out there like Timothy McVeigh..." (a few other names were added to the list). Apart from the fact that McVeigh (and ...[Read More]
Posted by PW on March 29, 2013
"It is finished" (John 19:30)
Nearly the last words Jesus would utter from the cross, what did Jesus mean when he said, "It is finished"? These sound like words of resignation; words of defeat. "It is finished...I am finished...I'm done...exhausted...spent...I quit."
But Jesus wasn't defeated. He hadn't failed, hadn't been outsmarted by Satan. He certainly wasn't quitting...but he was finished.
The last several hours had been difficult. He had been run through a series of rigged trials...Mocked, ridiculed, spat upon...Beaten severely, humiliated publicly, then crucified mercilessly. Even while dying on the cross, Jesus wa...[Read More]
Posted by PW on March 27, 2013
I don't hate anybody. I'll admit, some people are harder to love (even like) than others. But it's possible to disagree with someone without hating or fearing them.
Lately, it has become popular for Christian authors and pastors to readily admit to the sins of other Christians. When it comes to any variety of sins and sinners, it seems we are quick to admit that "some Christians" have been hateful, rude, etc. Groups like the Westboro Baptist Church - which barely fit the legal definition of a "church" and debatably fit the New Testament definition of a church/Christians - are presented as the epitome of misbehaving Christians. I se...[Read More]