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It's not always wrong to judge

It has been said, sarcastically, the first words of Matthew 7 form the only text of Scripture that every unbeliever has memorized. “Judge not, lest...

 

Jesus did not teach socialism

I’ve run into some avowed socialists online who claim Jesus was a socialist or at least taught doctrines compatible with socialism. Jesus healed...

 

Love for God more than a feeling

Jesus was once asked what the greatest commandment was, from the whole law of God. He answered that the first and great command (primo and mega in...

 

Exodus conflict continues to rage

In the book of Exodus, we see the clash between the God of the Hebrews, Yahweh, and all the gods of Egypt. God sends Moses as his reluctant spokesman....

 

Bible speaks to issue of gambling, gaming

It will shock no one to hear that the topic of gambling is a hot item in this region. What does the Bible say about gambling? Is it a sin? If it’s...

 

Bible relations defined in covenants

“Covenant” is a theological word Christians toss around a bit. We all nod knowingly when it’s mentioned, because we’re part of the clique....

 
 By Gordan Runyan    News    August 15, 2018

Loki has easy solution for us

In the first Avengers movie, there is a scene in which the villain, Loki, forces a crowd of people to kneel before him, and then gives a short...

 

Truth of God is certain, trustworthy

How do you know what you know? Can you be certain about what you think you know? Is there genuine truth, and would you recognize it if it passed by?...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    July 18, 2018

God doesn't believe in atheists

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) Right off the bat, the existence of God is assumed in Scripture. It’s...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    July 4, 2018

Christians should defend freedom

1 Corinthians 7:23 says, “You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants [or, slaves] of men.” The first half refers to the sacrifice of...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    News    June 20, 2018

God's word the standard of justice

It’s a rare occurrence: A passage of Scripture was thrust into the national spotlight last week, as spokespersons for the Trump administration...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    News    June 6, 2018

Leaders called to service, not power

Matthew 20:25-28 says: But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    May 23, 2018

Render to God what belongs to him

Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Mark 12:17) If I had a nickel for...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    Opinion    May 9, 2018

'King of Kings' applies here and now

Decades ago, I was involved with a movement called, The March for Jesus. The idea was that Christians across the nation would gather locally and...

 

Start Bible reading with quick tips

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    News    April 11, 2018

Do right while you're waiting

One of the most debated topics within Christian theology is “Eschatology,” or the study of last things, the end-times. These discussions get...

 
 By Gordan Runyan    News    March 14, 2018

Christians need the whole Bible

I encounter the following objection quite a bit. It normally comes in response to my having pointed out that the Law of God found in the Bible does...

 

Ideas have consequences for life

After past tragedies, I’ve written here about a biblical view of suffering; the basic human right to self-defense; and, the foolishness of treating...

 

OK to stand against government injustice

The way some folks teach Romans 13:1-7, you’d think God’s intention was to turn all of his people into slaves. They’d have to do whatever any...

 

Look to scripture for government purpose, your rights

Here are two questions I wish Christian citizens would learn to ask their public servants and political candidates. Then, listen to the answers. A new...

 

Morality, law can't be separated

You can’t legislate morality. Maybe you’ve heard that said, or said it yourself, when a conversation turned toward a prominent moral / political /...

 

New year goal: Live consistently

Back in my Navy days, my chaplain used to say that Matthew 7:22-23 was the scariest passage in the whole Bible. I have tried, without success, to...

 

God is made flesh at Christmas

This Christmas, I’d like to share the seven most astonishing words in the Bible. They are in Hebrews 2:13, and come from Jesus Christ. In a...

 

Bible teaches how to preach

Reading the book of Acts, two things occur to me. First, this is the only book in the Bible where we see Christian preachers actually preaching the...

 

Suffering is not meaningless

In the wake of the recent church shooting in Texas, actor Wil Wheaton angered many with a tweet that read, in part, “The murdered victims were in a...

 

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