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Christmas or Holiday?

Christmas or Holiday?

I have been asked more than once (and have also overheard many heated debates) about the modern “Christmas VS Holiday” controversy. Most Christians get immediately offended when the word “Holiday” is substituted for “Christmas”...
“Chreasters” –  Clever, but Uncharitable

“Chreasters” – Clever, but Uncharitable

I was recently visiting with a friend who attends a different church than mine and she mentioned having some mixed feelings about increased church attendance during holiday seasons. Having heard about this dynamic many times before, and having personally witnessed it...
Word Study – Israel

Word Study – Israel

When the modern Bible reader comes across the word “Israel” in scripture, it is natural to think first of that modern nation in the middle east which calls itself by that name. Nevertheless, the Bible’s use of the word is far more broad. In fact,...
Word Study – Tetelestai

Word Study – Tetelestai

According to John’s gospel, the last words of Jesus were “It is finished!” That phrase is actually one word in the original Greek: tetelestai. The root of this word is “teleo” which means “to complete” or “bring to an end” and while the word may be unfamiliar to us,...
What is Orthodoxy?

What is Orthodoxy?

Many years ago, in that ancient time when jokes now hoary with age had the blush of early youth upon their cheeks, when a man first asked, “When is a door not a door?” and when the answer seemed to be a marvelously fresh and brilliant thing—at some happy...
How Can Salt Lose its Savor?

How Can Salt Lose its Savor?

Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.” (Matthew 5:13) This saying puzzles modern Bible readers because when they think of...