Letters from Paul

April 29, 2012

Things NOT better yet!

Let me begin this latest blog by apologizing to the three people who actually read this blog.  I have been swamped with being a father, husband, pastor, and student, so my blog has taken a back seat.  I don’t think anything is going to slow down in the near future, but I had a moment to write, so here it goes.

I am sure all here are familiar with the term, “Bully Pulpit.”  Believe it or not, the term originally had nothing to do with a “pulpit” or a “bully.”  The term was coined by Theodore Roosevelt and it actually had a positive meaning.  That was news to me, because I am sure you know the term as I do.  We talk about a “Bully Pulpit” when someone misuses a position of authority in order to intimidate others.

Although this is tactic is used all the time, I believe this particular incident upon which I am blogging is really quite different for two reasons.

  1. The Bully Pulpit was utilized by a man who stated he was adamantly against bullying.
  2. I wrote about this being the case almost one year ago to the date. continue reading more…

April 5, 2012

Doubts about the resurrection are as old as the resurrection

I decided to republish this blog that I wrote 2 years ago.  Resurrection Sunday is only days away and I hope this blog will help focus your heart and mind of the event that occured 2000 years ago – Jesus Christ, light of light, very God of very God – died on the cross and was resurrected 3 days later.  Jesus paid the price for our sins that we could not pay.  Praise God for his grace and mercy.  May you be encouraged by the following.

It’s that time of year again.  Yes, it is Easter and spring, but I’m talking about something else.  It’s that time of year when the History Channel and Discovery Channel, as well as many newspapers, magazines and other periodicals, publish the latest spin that scholars have deduced concerning the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Now don’t get me wrong, I watch them and watch to see what new artifacts and insights have been discovered and it is quite interesting.  I was recently forwarded a news article from the Houston Chronicle that I thought . . . well . . . certainly did not fit into the idea of a new discovery concerning the resurrection of Christ.  The article was entitled:

“Despite doubts raised by scholars, Easter faith endures” by G. Jeffery MacDonald”
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6929793.html

The title really caught my attention.  Doubts raised by scholars?  I am not sure if Mr. MacDonald overlooked this, but doubting a “Resurrected Jesus” happened right after the resurection occured and it had nothing to do with scholarship.  As a matter of fact, many people cannot even talk about the Apostle Thomas without placing the descriptive term which characterized him for an event right after the resurrection (Doubting Thomas). 

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