Who is Jesus? Taking a Closer Look

Knowing Christ bookcoverKnowing Christ by Mark Jones

“Put all the pleasures of life such as family, job, recreation music, sports, entertainment, cuisine, and technology in one…Such joys pale in comparison with the delight of knowing Jesus and basking in communion with his person, not just his work!”
 

In his introduction of Knowing Christ, author Mark Jones states that his purpose for the book is, “to look at the person of Christ and give readers — particularly those in the church — a reason to love him more. We can only love him more by knowing him better,” and by knowing is meant a relational, personal knowledge, not merely intellectual acquaintance. His book is almost like a biography and character study of Jesus, examining the person, qualities, and work of Jesus Christ, both in his divine nature and his human nature. Continue reading “Who is Jesus? Taking a Closer Look”

A Beautiful Mind – A Depraved Heart

“Perhaps it is good to have a beautiful mind, but an even greater gift is to discover a beautiful heart.”
 
Disclaimer: I do not claim to have a lot of knowledge or first-hand experience regarding schizophrenia. The point of this article is not to provide information about that illness, but simply to draw some spiritual truths by using a reality from the physical world as an analogy.
Cover of "A Beautiful Mind"
Cover of A Beautiful Mind

Do you remember the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind starring Russell Crowe as a brilliant mathematician with schizophrenia? The film is loosely based on the real John Forbes Nash, whose story is told in greater detail in the (unauthorized) biography by Sylvia Nasar. (I haven’t read the book, so all references here are to the movie only. Just a warning: If you haven’t seen this movie, there are some spoilers coming.)  Continue reading “A Beautiful Mind – A Depraved Heart”

Okay, So God is Holy — So What?

holinessThe Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul

“Sin is cosmic treason. Sin is treason against a perfectly pure Sovereign. It is an act of supreme ingratitude toward One to whom we owe everything, to the One who has given us life itself…The slightest sin is an act of defiance against cosmic authority…It is an insult to his holiness.”


If you are paying attention at all, it should be evident how little God is respected in today’s society. If He is acknowledged to exist at all, He’s viewed as “The Big Guy Upstairs,” or His name is merely used as an expletive. People say, “Thank God” and “God Bless You” without even really giving God a thought. And what about the term “OMG” that everyone uses? Even Christians! Really?? It seems to me that God is not taken very seriously at all, and that includes by many Christians. People expect certain things from God without considering (or caring about) what it is that He expects of them.

Some people incorrectly develop a dual view of God as He is presented in the Old and New Testaments. Continue reading “Okay, So God is Holy — So What?”