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Who Is This Guy?

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We just finished the Christmas season. One of my favorite Christmas hymns is "What Child Is This?" From his conception and birth there was something different about the one they called Jesus. But who is he? What makes him so special?

-WHO IS JESUS?-

I believe that is the most important question you will ever have to answer. And believe me - everyone has an answer for that question. Every single person in the world has their own answer, even if it's "I don't know."

So who is Jesus to you?

You might give the good Sunday school answers: Savior, Messiah, Christ, Lord, King, Son of God, Holy, Perfect, God with Us, Prince of Peace, Friend, Brother, The Word.

He is indeed all this and more. However, do we really understand what those titles and roles actually mean? Probably not. It's like when you first began to be curious about your dad's job. When you were young, you probably asked your dad what he did. And he probably told you, but you as a four-year-ol…

Murderers and Human Traffickers - The Gospel is for Them, Too

Psalm 19 is a beautiful Psalm. In its 14 verses we see three distinct movements:

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands."

The opening verses describe what some call God's "general revelation." What can be seen and known about God just by looking around at nature? Paul says in Romans 1 that God's divine nature and eternal power are clearly displayed in the creation around us. God has revealed a part of himself to the entire human race.

"The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple."

The middle verses (7-11) describe God's "specific revelation." The Lord had specifically revealed himself to a certain people at a certain time through a certain medium: the Law. If you wanted to know more about the one who created everything, you would then turn to the Law of Moses. God reveals his character - his love, his mercy, his compassion, …

Christianity and Technology

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I may have blogged about this before, but it's been on my mind again recently. It seems to me that the church is lagging behind in this technological age. There have been so many advancements, especially in the area of global communications (HELLO!), that it almost seems like many congregations choose not to keep up.

What worked in the '50s and '60s works today, right? Maybe to an extent. But we need to start doing a better job at reaching people where they are.

Facebook has over 400 million users. There are over 25 million on Blogger alone, not to mention Wordpress, Tumbler, etc. Twitter has grown exponentially in the last 2 or 3 years.

And most churches can't even figure out how to make a decent website.

Recent research has shown that more than 2/3 of first time visitors will visit a church's website long before darkening the front doors. Wake up call, anyone?

But you may argue that the gospel message spread across the world centuries before the internet came alo…