Archive for October, 2008

The Christian and Government

Posted: October 20, 2008 by npulpit in Topical Question
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Well, the ’08 Election year has reached a fever pitch. Both candidates are having a go of it; propositions on the ballots of some states are hotly contested. Most agree this is the most important election in US history. And with all these voices pulling at the Christian, the question comes to mind:

What are a Christian’s duties in regards to politics? Do Christianity and politics intersect? If so, how? If not, why? How involved (if at all) should a Christian be in the voting process?

Nurturing New Christians

Posted: October 15, 2008 by cthoward in Ministry Question
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Question submitted by Brian Baell:

“How can we make sure that we continue to nurse new babes in Christ, including strong-spirited Christians?”

This is a practical question, and practical advice would be welcome, but, as always, let’s make sure we appeal to Scripture as well.

“And when you pray…”

Posted: October 13, 2008 by npulpit in Doctrinal Question
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Great discussion last week over John’s baptism. Let’s keep the train a-rollin’ this week.

This is going to be short and to the point: Can a Christian pray to Jesus? the Holy Spirit? Or do the prayers a Christian prays have to be “addressed,” as it were, to God the Father only?

(Remember to cite any sources used and establish your conclusions with Scripture.)

John’s Baptism

Posted: October 7, 2008 by cthoward in Scriptural Question
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Mark 1:4 says that John was preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  In Acts 2:38, Peter tells the crowd that they must repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins.  The same language is used of John’s baptism that is used of the Pentecost baptism.

My question is:
Why were the Ephesian believers of Acts 19 re-baptized after receiving John’s baptism?  If John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, which is the same as the baptism preached on Pentecost, why did they need to be baptized again?

I was reading in Isaiah 66.22-24 and ran across a brief discussion about the new heavens and new earth. This is not a new theme in Isaiah (see Isa 65.17) nor is it foreign to the rest of Scripture (2 Peter 3.13; Revelation 21.1, cf. Hebrews 12.22 and the heavenly Jerusalem). However, in Isaiah 66 we also have, in verse 24, the mention of the worm that does not die and the fire is not quenched. In Mark 9, Jesus grabs this from Isaiah and applies it to hell (Mark 9.48, and in the KJV and NKJV v.44, 46). So I am wondering, all you scholars and bible students out there, is the reference in Isaiah a reference to hell also? And if it is, does that mean that the new heavens and the new earth are a reference to heaven? Be sure to cite sources and Scriputures used.

Statement of Purpose

Posted: October 1, 2008 by npulpit in Uncategorized

The purpose of this blog is to find good answers, honest answers to questions posted by any and everyone. Our primary thrust is Scriptural questions, doctrinal questions, practical Christianity questions, questions about God, about other religions…whatever questions are out there, we invite them and we invite everyone reading to contribute to the answer process. No one man has all the answers; we acknowledge this and therefore this is an open forum. We only ask you base your conclusions on Scripture.