In his recent column in The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof pointed to belief in the Virgin Birth as evidence that conservative Christians are “less intellectual.” Are we saddled with an untenable doctrine? Is belief in the Virgin Birth really necessary? Kristof is absolutely aghast that so many Americans believe in the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ. “The faith in the Virgin Birth reflects the way American Christianity is becoming less intellectual and more mystical...

by School Of Life on 20 January 2020

Christians celebrate Christmas, the day Christ was born on earth to Mary, the virgin mother. God doesn’t have to go to great lengths to show His vibrant brush strokes in the world and on our lives, yet He often does. Jesus coming to earth in such a unique way requires faith of those who believe, even to this day. Though Christ said, “blessed are those who have believed and not seen” (John 20:29), there’s no need to have blind faith in Christ. Christmas is the celebration...

by School Of Life on 20 January 2020

The Bible is neither vague nor equivocal on the prophetic promise of Christ’s return. Here are nine reasons from Scripture by which you can be certain of Jesus’ Second Coming. What is the Second Coming of Christ? Scripture is neither vague nor equivocal on the promise of Christ’s return. A large portion (by some accounts, as much as one-fifth) of Scripture is prophetic, and perhaps a third or more of the prophetic passages refer to the Second Coming of Christ or events...

by School Of Life on 19 January 2020

Dear Roger, Last night my small group got into a discussion about what happens after death. Since most of the people in our small group are new Christians, they have a lot of thoughts about what happens when we die! They had no idea what the Bible said about the subject. Would you mind addressing this issue? Sincerely, Bonita  Dear Bonita,  Death and dying are on the back burners of everyone’s minds from preschoolers to the oldest adult. Some 9-year-old children were asked...

by School Of Life on 17 January 2020

Upon dying, does the human soul really travel to a temporary place to purify itself? Can the soul “cleanse” itself before entering the fullness of Heaven? Whether you believe in purgatory or not, this historical doctrine regarding its existence is intriguing. Purgatory is integral to the Roman Catholic faith, but what does the Bible say about it? And how can Protestant Christians lovingly engage with Catholics beyond just an intellectual understanding of the doctrine? Let’s explore...

by School Of Life on 17 January 2020

Dear Roger, I asked my pastor about the four horses of the Apocalypse and he didn’t seem to know very much. Can you help me out? Sincerely, Sandy  Dear Sandy, We turn on the television and see and hear about wars, wars, and rumors of wars. Earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis are daily occurrences. Our world is getting hotter just as Jesus said it would. Could we be in the final days before the second coming? I’m glad you asked this question. Did you know that the book...

by School Of Life on 17 January 2020

Dear Roger, Here’s what I thought of after your series on the end of times: You said that discerning Christians’ will recognize the signs that the end is near… How can I be sure I am a discerning Christian?Sincerely, S Dear S, The Bible is filled with signs as to what the end times will look like. Some signs are so specific we can’t miss them. For example, in Matthew 24:15-16 Jesus pointed out one sure sign of the end times: “So when you see standing in the...

by School Of Life on 17 January 2020

There are many ways to verify the reliability of Scripture from both internal evidences of transmission and agreement, to external confirmation through archeology and science. But perhaps the most persuasive argument can be found in the area of prophecy. If a book accurately and repeatedly predicts the future, it can safely be said that something special is going on, perhaps even something supernatural. And there are so many prophecies in the Scriptures that it should be easy to take a look...

by School Of Life on 17 January 2020

Dear Roger, I’ve read the book of Daniel several times. Recently, I read a verse that I’d never noticed before that got me quite excited. In Daniel chapter 12 God instructed Daniel to seal up the prophecies in the book until the last days. He describes how knowledge will increase dramatically as the Second Coming of Christ approaches. As I look at what’s going on in the world this makes me think that the last days are upon us. So many prophecies seem to be...

by School Of Life on 17 January 2020

The Bible tells us that long before the world began, God had a plan to bring redemption through Christ to all those who would choose to believe and follow after Him (1 Peter 1:19-20). God knew we would need a Savior. He knew we would need to be set free. And He made a way, by sending His One and Only Son, so that we could receive forgiveness and find new life and hope through Him (John 3:16). And throughout the Scriptures, weaved through verse after verse in the Old Testament, are prophecies...

by School Of Life on 17 January 2020