Does the Great Commission Apply Today?

IT IS OFTEN SUGGESTED that not every statement Jesus made is for the church today. I recently encountered this argument specific to the Great Commission. Jesus appeared to the disciples in the mountains outside Galilee after His resurrection: “And when they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to …

Jonah: A Reluctant Servant

Steven Barto, B.S. Psy., M.A. Theology THE THEME OF THE Book of Jonah is simple: The LORD is a God of boundless compassion, not just for "us" but for "them"—the wicked, the disobedient, the Jew, and the Gentile. Some scholars consider Jonah's story to be an allegory, using fictional characters to symbolize theological principles. Specifically, …

History of the Church Part Five: Colonialism and Evangelism

Steven Barto, B.S., Psy., M.A. Theology SO FAR WE HAVE explored how the Christian church began, the "marks" and underlying doctrine of the Christian church, Islamism and the Crusades, and the impact of dissension and the Protestant Reformation. In Part Five, I will expound on colonialism and evangelism. Of concern to many individuals over the …

Religious Pluralism and Post-Christian Society

Written by Steven Barto, B.S., Psy., M.A. Theology Religious pluralism says all religions are equally valid paths to GodThe Law of Non-Contradiction says two mutually exclusive claims to truth cannot both be trueReligious pluralism fails this Law of logicTwo mutually exclusive religious claims cannot both be true THE VAST MAJORITY OF Americans believe in God …

Let’s Go to Theology Class: Colonialism and Christianity

The following summary is from the last class in Church History in pursuit of my master’s degree in theology at Colorado Christian University. Early nineteenth century missionaries were important participants in colonial expeditions. Given that many in twenty-first century Western culture decry the era, goals, and abuses of colonialism, we must ask: Did Christianity benefit …

Let’s Go to Theology Class: The Most Important Event

The following summary is from my most recent class in Church History in pursuit of my master’s degree in theology at Colorado Christian University. In the opening chapter of the reading for this section, Justo L. Gonzalez (2010) makes this statement: “…from the perspective of the history of Christianity, the most important event of the …

Unveiling Islam and Muhammad

For nearly 95 percent of the world's population, conversion to Christianity often means disowning, disinheritance, expulsion, arrest, and even death. At this moment, for the sake of the Great Commission (see Matthew 28:16-20), men and women are being whipped into submission, tortured, imprisoned, beaten, and banned from their families. Homes are being torched, entire families …

The Billy Graham of Generation Z?

Jordan Whitmer's zeal for evangelism and vision for a movement have some comparing his ministry to that of Billy Graham. And he's only 19. Hannah Stephens was 17 and in trouble with her parents. She had gotten caught stealing their tablet computer in order to chat with strangers online and subsequently grounded. "The only places …

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