Christianity Is Fastest Growing Religion in World

In this post, growth is defined by reaching people and converting them and an increase in church attendance, not birthrate or immigration. Measured in that way, Christianity is the fastest growing religion in the world, without a close second. Periodically updated.

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Supplemental Statements of Faith: Two Historic Creeds

The statement of faith at the website is the Apostles Creed and the Statement of Faith of the National Association of Evangelicals. The other two historic statements commented on in this post also make up the other portions of this website’s Statement of Faith.

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Does God Cause Natural Disasters to Punish People Today?

Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, earthquakes and tsunamis—natural disasters slam humankind every year. Did God do that? What does the Bible say? Two different covenants make all the difference—a progressive revelation.

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2. The Gospels: Was Jesus a Pacifist?

To answer that question, we look at four episodes in the Gospels: John the Baptist and some soldiers; Jesus and a centurion; an apparent command to use a sword against a disciple’s family; and two swords during Jesus’ arrest.

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5. The Gospel Traditions

With this article (Part Five) we turn a corner away from archaeology and non-Christian written references to Gospel persons (the last three articles). Now we discuss the preservation of Jesus’ ministry — his words and activity — after his crucifixion (and resurrection) and up to the time when the Gospels were written.

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15. The Historical Reliability of the Gospels: Conclusion

We come at last to the end of the series. Part Fifteen here, summarizing the previous fourteen articles, can serve as a guide for which article the reader may need in the future. The series has always been about having confidence in the four Gospels so the gospel of the kingdom can go forth.

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Spiritual Sonograms: God Loves You and Your Baby

Whether you want your baby or not, God loves him or her, and he loves you. God can turn your Plan B into his Plan A, and make it better than your plans. Keep your baby, if you have an unplanned pregnancy.

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How Jesus Christ Fulfills the Law: Matthew 5:17-19

Christ fulfilled or paid off your debt to the Law. It’s paid in full. He accomplishes this by fulfilling the holiness demand in the law and the fullest revelation of God’s character.

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How Christians Should Interpret the Old Testament

When the Old and New Testaments are interpreted carefully and rightly, using Scripture to interpret Scripture, this truth will emerge: Jesus Christ fulfills the old law, in many, many areas.

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How to Get Past Your Past: Forget the Devil’s Playground

Do you remember when you messed up? When you got drunk and went too far? What about the flirtation that went too far? What about saying stupid stuff at the job or Thanksgiving? When you lost your temper? What about your bad behavior generally? What about that abortion? Shoplifting?

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What Happens at Judgment to People Who Never Heard Gospel?

I used to teach world religions for a number of years. I learned that even though many people never got the chance to hear the gospel, they still lived impressively moral lives. What happens to them at judgment?

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Revenge in the Old and New Testaments: Eye for Eye, Tooth for Tooth

Does the Old Testament demand literal retaliation for a wrong? Should an eye or a tooth be gouged or knocked out—physically? What about the teaching of Jesus? Does he raise our vision to a higher calling? How do we forgive a tort or a physical injury? How do we get compensated for damages?

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Timeline of the Age of Prosperity

Some call it the Postmodern Age. Others: The Age of Affluence. Whatever the labels, this post covers history from 1945 to early 1989, at the end of the Reagan administration. The American church and Christianity is included here. Lots of information here.

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Outline of Age of Prosperity

Some call it the Postmodern Age, others: Age of Affluence. This post goes from 1945 to the 1990s and puts people in their historical and cultural contexts with little comment. The church is also included in the outline. At the end, however, is a conclusion section that asks what the Western world is about. Let’s preserve it.

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Outline of the Age of Populism

Some call it the Age of Anxiety or Zenith of Modernism. Others call it the Beginnings of the People’s Century, when regular people got more political power. This post covers history, philosophy and religion, literature, art and architecture and goes from WWI to WWII. Genealogical tables are included here, to help sort out the national rivalries.

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Timeline of the Age of Populism

Some call it the Age of Anxiety or Zenith of Modernism. Or it could be called the Beginning of the People’s Century. This post covers history, philosophy and religion, literature, art and architecture and goes from WWI through WWII. Genealogical tables are included here to help sort out national rivalries.

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Outline of the Gilded Age

Some call it Early Modernism. The British call it the Late Victorian and Edwardian Ages. Whatever the labels, this post covers history, philosophy and religion, literature, and art and architecture and goes from 1871 to 1914. Genealogical tables are included, to help sort out national rivalries.

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Timeline of the Gilded Age

Some call it Early Modernism. The British call in the late Victorian and Edwardian Ages. Whatever the labels, this post covers history, philosophy and religion, literature, and art and architecture and goes from 1871 to 1914. Genealogical tables included here, to help sort out the national rivalries.

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Outline of Triumph of Bourgeoisie

This post reviews history, philosophy and religion, literature, art and architecture and goes from 1830 to 1871. The “bourgeoisie” means the middle or business class standing between the old aristocracy and the working class.

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Timeline of Early Modern World

Some call it the Baroque Age. This post focuses on history, philosophy, literature, and art and architecture and covers the 1600s and up to 1715, the death of King Louis XIV of France. Genealogical tables are included here, to sort out the royal dynasties of England and France.

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Outline of Ancient Roman Civilization

This outline of basic facts and events goes from early Roman settlements and the expulsion of the king in 509 BC to the fall(s) of Rome in the fifth century AD. This post looks as history, philosophy, literature, and the early church. A study on poet Ovid is included at bottom of post.

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1. Genesis 1-11 in Its Ancient Religious Environment

It is unrealistic to expect that the ancient author of those chapters lived in a sound-proof bubble and was not influenced by his religious culture. He rejected some of it, but accepted elements. But which elements? And which criteria to accept or reject them were decisive? Part 1 of 5 in a series on Gen. 1-11.

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3. Adam and Evolution: Five Options

We need to face a brute fact. Evolution is here to stay. It started out as a rising tide, but now it is a tsunami. Are we going to flail and punch it–or surf it? How do we interpret the biblical passages about Adam and Eve? Five options are offered here. Part 3 of 5 in a series on Gen. 1-11.

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5. The Real Significance of Genealogies in Genesis 5-11

If you were to write up a genealogy of your family, you would follow certain rules or conventions. You are of your own times. When the author of Genesis wrote genealogies in those seven chapters, he followed certain conventions. He was of his own times. Part 5 of 5 in a series on Gen. 1-11.

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2. Basic Facts On Producing New Testament Manuscripts

This article comes second in a four-part series on New Testament textual criticism. It answers questions about the material and process of making the pages of a document, along with the scribal art of writing. It also answers the question: How does this post help me grow closer to God?

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4. The Manuscripts Tell The Story: The New Testament Is Reliable

This article, the last one in the four-part series, has a focused goal. It provides evidence from the best New Testament textual critics that it is possible to reach back to the original (autograph) books and letters of the New Testament, though the originals no longer physically exist. This post also answers the question: How do I grow closer to God?

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Christian Scientists Comment on Young Earth Creationism

This post is designed to encourage believers who have walked away from church and seekers who will not consider Christ because of ultraliteral interpretations of Gen. 1-11. Many of us Christians do not share this view, but accept science. 98% of scientists do not accept that view, either.

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Works Cited

Here is a list of the principal works referenced or used at this site. More will be added, so please check back.

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