Sometimes when we come to passages like Matthew’s condensed Christmas story, we don’t come with that childlike curiosity and wonder—looking at the everyday with awe, perceiving the familiar as fascinating. But we should.
There are times when theology can be very practical, times when what we believe and what we preach to ourselves can have a profound impact on our spiritual well-being. Nowhere is this more true than when we face times of darkness.
I guarantee you Jesus will help you and change you. You may not see drastic changes from day to day, but I promise you that 5 years from now you will say to me you can’t believe how much Jesus has changed you.
If Christians thought the world would end in their own lifetime, then, it is argued, they would not have been interested in composing new scriptural books. Thus, the idea of a canon must be a later ecclesiastical development.
When reading through the NT, it does not take long to realize that Luke sounds different than John, and Paul different than both of them. So what basis is there for seeing unity in the midst of such diversity?