The Roman Colosseum

October 26, 2016 Aaron Simms

The Colosseum in Rome is impressive.  Built from 72 AD to 80 AD by the emperors Vespasian and Titus, and expanded upon by the succeeding emperor Domitian, much of it still stands today.  These three emperors gave their family name […]

Receiving the Kingdom of God like a child

October 23, 2016 Aaron Simms

Luke records a parable of Jesus in Luke 18:9-17: [Jesus] also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee […]

Plato and Socrates – Christians?

October 12, 2016 Aaron Simms

It may come as a surprise that many of the early Christian apologists viewed the Greek philosophers Plato and Socrates very highly.   Justin Martyr, in his First and Second Apologies (written mid-2nd century AD) mentions both philosophers many times, as […]

Who is the Church?

October 9, 2016 Aaron Simms

Who or what is the Church?  Another way of asking this is, who or what is Israel? During the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry, the Jewish leaders (scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees) thought that Israel consisted of only those people who […]

Michelangelo’s David

October 5, 2016 Aaron Simms

When my family and I were in Italy earlier this year, we had the opportunity to see Michelangelo’s sculpture of David in Florence.  He carved it between 1501 and 1504. Our tour guide encouraged us to look at his face and […]

The Theology of Glory in Action

September 29, 2016 Aaron Simms

In my last post about Jesus’ parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man, I mentioned the (false) theology of glory. The theology of glory is basically the incorrect belief that we can determine God’s will and mind by what we […]

Lazarus and the Rich Man

September 25, 2016 Aaron Simms

This is a long post, but I wanted to consider Jesus’ parable concerning Lazarus and the rich man, contained in Luke 16:19-31. It would be easy to take the parable and view it as accusation against rich people; to make […]

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