Faith


Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me….” (John 14:6)

If you ask Christians what they are most thankful for out of everything in their lives, you’ll likely find that Christ’s “amazing grace” tops the list. For those willing to accept the offer, Jesus’ sacrificial death paid the way to heaven even though humans do not deserve it and cannot repay it. Salvation by grace is an idea unique to Christianity. In 7 Truths That Changed the World, RTB philosopher/theologian Kenneth Samples writes, “Christianity at its heart is a religion not of self-help but of divine rescue.” (more…)

It’s the million-dollar question that has perplexed every individual, regardless of education, geography, and economical status: What does it mean to be human? (more…)

***Sandra and Maureen are taking a week off from blogging fun. They’ll be back to their usual schedule next week. In the meantime, please enjoy this guest post by RTB’s Ministry Advancement Director Hannah Palpant.***

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I had never felt this depth of despair. It seemed impossible to reconcile what the Bible presented with the religious and cultural injustices going on in the world around me. The questions and challenges that brought me to this severe crisis of faith were paralyzing, and I could no longer proclaim the faith with a clear conscience—not without answers. (more…)

In the opening scenes of Disney and Pixar’s Wall-E, the titular robot returns home from a full day of garbage cleanup with a little pile of treasures to add to his extensive collection. Carefully, Wall-E puts each item in its place, but a spork stumps him. Does it go with the spoons or with the forks?

Like Wall-E, many of us like to fit things, people, and ideas into neatly structured categories. (more…)

They say the top three most stressful life events are death, divorce, and … moving. Recent experience tells me why the latter makes the list.

Friends and family stressed their muscles lifting heavy boxes, while I stressed my nerves over the thought of unpacking the seemingly endless piles of stuff. A space heater, several garden gnomes, and a long-forgotten George Foreman Grill flashed back at me like the strobe light from last Halloween. And the message was clear: Do we really need all this stuff? (more…)

Every other day it seems news breaks about another business going belly up and filing for bankruptcy. Earlier this week Hostess became the latest company to bite the cream-filled dust. (more…)

The Most Peculiar Gift

It was Christmas morning and my godparents’ living room was filled to capacity with kids, a sea of crumpled up wrapping paper, and sparkling new toys. I was a contemplative teenager with nothing left to open (it didn’t take long to open gift card envelopes); so I sat back and, for the first time, beheld the joy that spreads across children’s faces as they unwrap presents. The view was breathtaking. (more…)

A couple of weeks ago Take Two discussed 5 common myths about Christmas. Last week, we looked at the significance of the wise men. This week, we glimpse at another key “figure” in the Christmas story—the star of Bethlehem. (more…)

Eric’s glorious ‘stache

Tens of thousands of people are affected every day by this latest epidemic: the ironic hipster mustache. What may have begun as nothing more than a hairy badge for hipsters has transformed into a movement (fittingly called Movember) to “change the face of men’s health.” And it serves as a fine example of giving purpose to a trivial trend. (more…)

Some things are better together.

I fret whenever I’m not home to make dinner for my husband, Darren. He sweetly assures me he can survive for one night without my culinary skills—after all, he did so before we married. While it’s true that Darren and I lived happy, productive lives before our relationship, we both know we’re much better together. We inspire, cheer, and motivate each other to new and higher potentials. We bring out the best in each other.

In the realm of Christian missions, apologetics and evangelism enable each other to achieve true and lasting success—yet they often live apart, to the detriment of both endeavors. (more…)

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