Jesus Christ

In this post, we are going to examine the second Article of Faith of the Church of the Nazarene. In the last post, we explored the first Article of Faith, which pertained to the Trinity. In this article, we are going to examine our Article of Faith concerning Jesus Christ. The Manual of the Church of the Nazarene states that,
We believe in Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Triune Godhead; that He was eternally one with the Father; that He became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary, so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say the Godhead and manhood, are thus united in one Person very God and very man, the God-man. We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins, and that He truly arose from the dead and took again His body, together with all things appertaining to the perfection of man’s nature, wherewith He ascended into heaven and is there engaged in intercession for us. There is quite a bit of information here, but let's take it one piece …

The Trinity

This is the first in a series of posts on the Articles of Faith of the Church of the Nazarene. In each post, I will take an article, and provide commentary and clarifying remarks on it. The subject of this post is the Trinity. To many, the Trinity is a difficult concept to comprehend. Indeed, it is probable that, in this life, we will not have all of the answers that we would like in regards to the Trinity. However, this does not make the doctrine of the Trinity unintelligible or illogical. Rather, it is the only way to understand the fullness of the biblical testimony concerning God. It is an interesting fact that cults almost always reject the Trinity, and those statements of faith that are most in line with the heritage of our Christian faith and the biblical testimony concerning God embrace the Trinity.

The Church of the Nazarene openly embraces the biblical truth regarding the Triune nature of God. Our first Article of Faith states that,
We believe in one eternally existent, infi…

Living Our Core Values

The Church of the Nazarene has three core values. Not everyone knows that. Not even every Nazarene knows that. For those who do not know the core values of the Church of the Nazarene, we will be examining all three of them in this post. For those who do know them, we will be contemplating how we, as individuals, can apply them to our lives.

The first core value of the Church of the Nazarene is that we are a Christian people. Indeed, this is the bedrock upon which everything else is founded. If Christ is the Chief Cornerstone of the church (and He is), then any group that does not have Him as their cornerstone is not properly a church. I am glad to say that the Church of the Nazarene is a church in the proper sense.
The Church of the Nazarene is, specifically, a Christian denomination in the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition. This means that our theological "heritage" can be traced back through John Wesley and to Jacob Arminius. It also means that, while we may not agree …

7 FREE Christian Magazines

Did you know that there are good Christian magazines out there that you can get for FREE? If you like to read, but are looking for something to read in addition to books, then it may be worth your time to check out these free Christian magazines. Some of them are hard copies, and some of them are pdf versions of their magazine. Either way, they are free, and they are chock-full of good information.

1. The Voice of the Martyrs

The Voice of the Martyrs was founded in 1967 by Romanian pastor Richard Wurmbrand. After the USSR took over Romania in 1944, Wurmbrand worked with the underground church, which eventually led to his arrest and 14 years of torture and persecution in Communist prison. Eventually, Wurmbrand was ransomed out and came to the United States. Since Wurmbrand founded the organization, it has worked tirelessly to keep Christians in the Western world informed about the persecution that our brothers and sisters around the world are going through, as well as providing opport…

My Visit To The Ark Encounter

Recently, my fiance and I had the opportunity to go visit the Ark Encounter. This was a trip that I wanted to take for some time prior to our visit. While I have some theological disagreements with Ken Ham, he is an individual that I respect greatly. I have personally met people who have come to faith as the result of the ministry of Answers in Genesis, so I wanted to see what was going on with the Ark Encounter.

We arrived at the Ark at around 12:45. The first few minutes involved standing in line to present our reservation to one of the ticket-takers, then waiting on a bus to take us from the parking lot to the Answers Center, where our day really began.

By the time that we were dropped off by the bus, it was a few minutes after 1 in the afternoon. We only had about 6 hours before the site closed, so we had a choice to make: Ken Ham was slated to speak at the Answers Center at 2. We could listen to him, or we could take some extra time to view the Ark. We chose the latter.

The path…

FREE Christian Books From Google Play

This is a follow-up to my post entitled "Free Christian Kindle Books". Here, I want to provide you with a list of free books from Google Play that you can download and read instantly. Between the books here and the books from the Kindle books post, you can be on your way to having a small Christian library. You will also notice that there is some overlap, most notably in the collection of books by D.L. Moody. If you want more free Christian books, you should check out my post on How To Start A Free Christian Library. The tips there will be beneficial to you as you seek to build your library.

As with the Free Christian Kindle Books post, I plan to update this periodically as I find new, reputable, free books. My standards for being included in this list is the same as it was for the Free Christian Kindle Books post. Without any further delay, I present to you a sample of the free Christian books you can find on Google Play Books.

F. B. Meyer

5 Things Christians Must Do

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FREE Online Christian Education

The other day, I read an interesting article on Logos Bible Software's blog. Ryan Lytton wrote an article (found here) about getting the equivalent of a Master's Degree in Biblical Studies for FREE. Yes, for FREE. I would encourage you to check out the article and the "Degree Program" that he put together. The rest of this post is a comment on his article.

Lytton is absolutely right when he points out that a degree program can be expensive. I am currently enrolled at Nazarene Theological Seminary, and my tuition cost is over $500 per credit hour. Considering that I will require more than 60 credits for my M. Div, the cost is going to be incredibly high. However, in my case, this may be worth it. I have a scholarship that will cover part of the cost, and have a plan to reduce the amount that I have to borrow in order to complete this degree program. However, this may not be the case for everyone, meaning that graduate-level education in Bible, Theology, and related d…

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