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There is a unique relationship between Christianity and Judaism. Jesus was a Jew who never rejected Judaism though he had some strong criticisms of the leaders of organized Judaism in his day. The same can be said of the Apostle Paul. Indeed, for several decades after the crucifixion, the Jesus movement can be seen as […]
What is Sin? Contrary to popular understanding, sin does not consist of a catalogue of “bad behavior,” rather it is a state of being; it is a condition of alienation from God, the ground of our being. Sin involves alienation from other people as well as the world in which we live. Here’s the story […]
The Bird of Paradise: A Meditation on Immortality “In my Father’s house there are many mansions,” said Jesus. ‘If it were not so, I would not have told you that I go to prepare a place for you.” Unfortunately today, with our distrust of all leaders, and particularly religious leaders, it occurs to many that […]
The Face and the Figure of Jesus With the possible exception of the cross, the figure of Jesus is the central symbol of Christianity. This, despite the fact that no one knows what Jesus looked like. Contemplating this symbol can not only deepen your appreciation of Christianity, it can be a central part in the […]
The Gallery Tour Whatever the skeptics and secularists have to say about it, Jesus is alive and well within popular culture. Magazines, radio, television, newspapers, billboards, roadside signs … and especially the Internet … are filled with images to satisfy the curiosity of the faithful. Pictures of Jesus proliferate and we have collected hundreds of […]
Warner Sallman’s “Head of Christ” is the most popular image of Jesus ever made. It is an icon of American culture. It also raises a host of questions about Christianity, the historical Jesus, and the faith of those who identify with this painting. Check it out now.
Can Christians Alone Be Saved? “I am the way, the truth and the light, no one comes to the Father but by me,” said Jesus. Does this mean that only Christians can be saved?
Son of God? Messiah? Prophet? Teacher? What? Calling Jesus the “Son of God” is understood to be the distinguishing affirmation of Christianity. Yet within the wider family of faith there is a range of opinion about what this title actually means. There is sharp disagreement over the indentity of Jesus. In search of the answers, […]
The Face of Jesus Artists across the centuries have attempted to picture the face of Jesus in paintings, photos, drawings, movies, images, icons, sculpture, and now even computer wallpaper. Before asking what this all means, let’s consider a few of the outstanding examples …
Let There Be Light: The Beauty of Christ in Stained Glass Neil Ralley’s photographs of the stained glass windows in some of the most beautiful churches of Europe and North America offer a treat for the eyes as well as the soul.