Did Paul Create His Own Version of Christianity?

Thomistic Bent

This is another in a series of questions on the Bible.

 Question: In Acts 21, Paul is described as partaking in Jewish rituals to show the Jerusalem Church that he has not strayed from the Law of Moses. Gerd Luedemann takes this as evidence that the early Church was essentially Jewish in nature and thus that there was a division between early Jewish Christianity and Pauline Christianity. It would seem then that we are given Paul’s version of Christianity which differed from other versions of Christianity. 

 In reply, there are several points:

 First, it is true that in Acts 21 Paul goes to Jerusalem, encounters the church there, and begins a purification ritual. The part of the question that says he did it “to show the Jerusalem Church that he has not strayed from the Law of Moses” is an opinion that is read into the text. The passage simply…

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Weekend Leadership Roundup | Hope’s Reason

Here are some leadership posts I came across. Go and check them out. 5 Realities About the Weight of Pastoring – Eric Geiger Vulnerable and Covered in Grace – Angie Cox 4 Reasons Our Church Stopped Doing ‘Come and Watch’ Events (And 5 Alternatives) – Karl Vaters 3 Questions That Will Increase Clarity and Reduce…

via Weekend Leadership Roundup — Hope’s Reason

Arguments for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Part 1

Faith & Self Defense

Christians believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. In fact, the resurrection of Jesus is a MUST for the Christian worldview to be true. If Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead, then our faith in Him is empty and we are without hope in this world.

“Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise. For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is…

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Approaching the Bible

Adam Desmond

I’ve written previously about what I believe to be the dangers in approaching the Bible – I believe many conflate the Bible with God Himself, making it a de facto fourth member of the Trinity.

I’ve also written about my guiding principle in where I position the Bible in my theology – that the Bible has, at this point, been translated and reconsidered so many times that I find it difficult to consider what we have today to be God breathed in any single form. Each version of the Bible contains assumptions and projections that I believe lessen the ability of the original text to impact the reader in a way that leads to transformation.

That being said, I believe there are many other ways in which the readers of today are given tools that few previous generations had – really aside from the first century believers who were able…

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Is the Resurrection of Jesus a Qualification for Being the Jewish Messiah?



The statement that “Jesus is the Messiah” presupposes a certain way of reading Israel’s Scriptures and assumes a certain hermeneutical approach that finds in Jesus the unifying thread and the supreme goal of Israel’s sacred literature. A messiah can only be a messiah from Israel and for Israel. The story of the Messiah can only be understood as part of the story of Israel. Paul arguably says as much to a largely Gentile audience in Rome: “For I tell you that Christ [Messiah] has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy” (Rom. 15:8–9), Michael Bird, Are You the One Who Is to Come?: The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question (Grand Rapids, Baker, 2009), 163

In many Jewish- Christian…

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The Apologetical Significance of Typology [Pt. II] | Biblical Trinitarian

by Hiram R. Diaz III[Continued from Pt. 1]Ruth: The Extraordinary Concealed in the OrdinaryThe book of Ruth conceals the extraordinary within the mundane, everyday events it relays. It book begins with a famine in which the providers of Ruth and her female companions are not spared death. It moves on to tell of how one…

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Love, Legal Aid, and Omelets

A Lawyer's Prayers

Below is a volunteer profile from Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia (CLCP) http://www.clcphila.org/, a faith-based non-profit near and dear to my heart.

“Attorney Vicki Piontek is a gem.  She loves Jesus, she loves her family, and she loves CLCP.  She has become an indispensable member of the CLCP family.

Vicki and her husband run their own law firm where they help defend clients from unfair debt collection practices.  She is vigilant in her client representation.

If there is a CLCP event you can count on Vicki to be there to serve the clients, assist the volunteers, and feed everyone a hearty meal.  She makes a mean omelet!

Vicki has a heart for people, and she wants to see those around her do well in all aspects of life, especially in their relationships with Jesus.  Vicki carries the light of Christ wherever she goes and continues to illuminate CLCP.

Thank you Vicki for all you…

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Prayer for 4th Sunday of Lent | Jesus Creed

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. BCP

via Prayer for 4th Sunday of Lent — Jesus Creed