Archive for the ‘J’ Category
Dr. Fred Craddock had no qualms about calling his childhood neighbor, Mr. Cook, a “hateful man”; after all, when Fred was just a young boy, Mr. Cook killed his dog. Fred’s sentiment toward Mr. Cook is easy to understand because many people have had a neighbor like Mr. Cook.
But few people have had a father like Fred’s. Continue reading
In December of 1829, James Porter and George Wilson robbed several postal shipments and terrorized various mail carriers in their rampage for loot. Unfortunately for them, they were soon caught, tried, and condemned to hang for their crimes. Porter was hanged on schedule; Wilson was given a presidential pardon.
But he was hanged for his crimes, nonetheless. Continue reading
In August of 480 BC, a few hundred Spartans led by King Leonidas battled against 150,000 Persian warriors led by King Xerxes. The heavily outnumbered Greeks held their ground, repelled the invaders, and controlled the battle for three days.
But there was one thing King Leonidas couldn’t control…and it would prove fatal. Continue reading
Ask church people about their image in the community and they’re likely to reference “hospitals for the sick” or “lighthouses for lost.” Let’s face it; that’s how we like to see ourselves.
But one prostitute in Chicago has a completely different take on Christians and the Church. Continue reading
Matthew opens his version of the Good News of Jesus Christ with some unthinkably bad news: the King of the Jews, Herod the Great, becomes jealous and angry, and slaughters innocent baby boys born in and around Bethlehem. Since no other historian mentions this atrocity, many deny it ever took place.
Yeah, murdering innocent people would be soooooo out of character for King Herod…. Continue reading
Before “letting go” of something, most intelligent people take the time to analyze whether it’s wise to do so, or not. Most people, from stock traders to baseball traders want to make sure that what they’re getting is better than what they’re giving up.
Evidently, actress Julia Sweeney isn’t most people. Continue reading
Christianity seems strange to those who stand outside its number, partly because of the bold claims it makes about the most important facets of life. This reality isn’t restricted to our modern era; for almost 2,000 years, Christianity’s claims and practices have been misunderstood.
The misunderstandings begin with what Christianity is even called. Continue reading
In the summer of 2013, religious scholar, Dr. Reza Aslan, released a controversial book about Jesus entitled Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. It caused quite a stir in the media, and not just because Aslan is a practicing Muslim.
The controversy actually revolves around a confession he made in an interview. Continue reading