Is Jesus like Superman?

Is Jesus like Superman?

Some people think following Jesus is as impossible as following Superman. They have no problem tailing Clark Kent up fifty flights of stairs, but things get tougher when the Man of Steel leaps off the roof and flies away. Such thinking is based on the idea that Jesus flipped from his human to divine nature […]

Can You Meet God Outside the Bible?

Can You Meet God Outside the Bible?

By Paul Perkins My introduction to Christianity began with my entry into the world. My parents placed their warm hands on my soft head and prayed God’s blessing over me. From that moment forward, faith saturated my life. Every Sunday morning, I woke to the smell of brewing coffee and my dad’s booming voice practicing […]

What I Never Saw Before

What I Never Saw Before

I counted twenty-three times in the Gospels that Jesus referred directly or indirectly to his death and/or resurrection. In none of those instances did the disciples understand what he was talking about. Not once. The most memorable occurred when Jesus told the disciples he must “go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders […]

The disciples’ myside bias

The disciples’ myside bias

Like a radar system that only detects enemy planes while ignoring friendlies, our minds tend to pick up information that supports what we already believe and ignores the rest. This is called confirmation, or myside bias. It’s the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms our preexisting beliefs, […]

How did the disciples miss this

How did the disciples miss this

Twenty-three times Jesus made direct or indirect reference to his death and resurrection. And yet, the disciples never understood what he was talking about. Once, after he told them he would die and be raised from the dead, the disciples “discussed what ‘rising from the dead’ might mean” (P. 146 The Jesus Story). But they […]