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Who Rose From the Dead?

March 27, 2016
Randy Christian
The resurrection of Jesus is universally recognized as the point of Easter. We don’t need to debate the resurrection—it is by far the most reasonable explanation of the facts we have. But it is important for us to focus on who it was who rose from the dead. It was Jesus, of course. But who was Jesus—and who is he to us? Jesus is God who became flesh. Jesus is the King of the Universe. Jesus is the sacrifice. Jesus is the brother who opens his family to our adoption. Jesus was and is all these things and more. But which one we focus on—which one we personally turn to—is determined by which of these we most need to turn to. The focus of Easter is determined by how we see Jesus. It is essential that our view of him must be Biblically accurate. But we turn to the “Jesus” we most need at the moment, and that isn’t a bad thing. It is perhaps the reason Jesus allowed us such a broad understanding of him. This Easter will focus on our need to actually turn to Jesus and respond to him. Who are we turning to, and why? Jesus the King died for us. But Jesus the priest, the big brother, the one who opens the family of God to us, rose from the dead.

NOT OF THIS WORLD: Gun Rights

June 16, 2013Randy Christian

Americans like their guns. So when someone suggests their rights to own guns should be limited it isn’t surprising that they would react strongly. But how should a Christian respond in this discussion? Are we just like any other citizen of America, or do we have a different agenda? What does the world tell us? What are our King’s views, and how should we express them?

NO DE ESTE MUNDO
Derechos De Pistolas
A los estadounidenses les gustan sus armas. Entonces cuando alguien sugiere que el derecho a poseer armas de fuego debe ser limitado no es sorprendente que reaccionen fuertemente. Pero, ¿cómo debe responder un Cristiano en este debate? ¿Al igual que cualquier otro ciudadano de América, o tenemos una agenda diferente? ¿Qué nos dice la palabra? ¿Cuáles son opiniones de nuestro Rey, y cómo debemos expresarlas?

NOT OF THIS WORLD: Us and Them

June 9, 2013Randy Christian

If “Christian” means something explicitly different than others in the world, how then do we relate to those others? Are we to be “tolerant”, as the world tell us? If we condemn sin, are we “haters” and “bigots”? And what if those “others” are people we know and love?

NO DE ESTE MUNDO
Nosotros Y Ellos
Si “Cristiano” significa algo explícitamente diferente que otros en el mundo, ¿Cómo, entonces nos relacionamos con los otros? ¿Vamos a ser “tolerante”, como el mundo nos dice? ¿Si condenamos el pecado, somos “enemigos” y “fanáticos”? Y ¿Qué pasa si esos “otros” son personas que conocemos y queremos?