Pastor Erik's Sometimes Dangerous Blog
Herod the Great It is important to understand that Herod was not just “a king.” He had been declared the “King of the Jews” by the Roman Senate, a title which had been confirmed by Octavius Caesar when he became the First Man of Rome. Herod was an Idumean convert to Judaism who had ruled over
Canned bread. Bread in a can… I did not believe that such a thing as a canned bread existed until someone showed it to me in their cupboard. Apparently, B&M – a Portland, Maine, based company – manufactures and cans this stuff. There are plenty of people here in New England who love it. They eat
The divine nature – there is perhaps no single issue that has caused more debate, separation, confusion, schism and frustration. The issue is so divisive that as soon as the Council of Nicaea formulated what is classically understood to be the “Trinity”, Constantine the Great led his armies to destroy a community of people who
This morning, the elders announced the second candidate name for our merged congregation. The previous candidate, Sojourner Fellowship was deemed too lengthy and a bit obscure. The candidate name is: The Church on Bedford Road The elders felt that this is the way most people know us. It is a familiar way to refer to
Previously in this series, I wrote brief biographic sketches of two men: Anselm of Canterbury and Peter Abelard. Today, I want to contrast their views of the world and theology, particularly the topic of the atonement. Basically, the atonement is a theological shorthand for “how did Jesus’ death save people?” It is a complex issue that has
In history, as in journalism, second-hand is usually as good as it gets. We can’t speak as historians. But as journalists, we find those Gospel discrepancies very reassuring. That’s how real events get reported. – Ted Byfield1 One of the harshest realities for Christians to accept is that we do, to a certain extent, recreate
vi·sion [vizh-uhn] 1. the act or power of sensing with the eyes; sight. 2. the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be 3. something seen; an object of sight 4. glimpsing the image of our future that exists in the mind of God. Vision is not just some kind of nifty idea for church growth. In fact, it has very
The historical Jesus is summoned, but the image who appears too often is a (thinly disguised) version of ourselves. – Paula Fredricksen1 In order to “properly” dissect the gospels to discover the historical Jesus, the Jesus Seminar and other “Jesus Scholars” make certain assumptions made about the texts. Paula Fredricksen candidly points out that, as
After discussing the candidate name of The Church on Bedford Road, the elders had enough of a sense of direction from the congregation that we chose to alter the candidate name to BEDFORD ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH. As I’ve told many people, I could pastor Cardboard Box Baptist Church, as long as the congregation was behind
Learning precisely who wrote the gospels may be beyond us. But it may be more important to learn how the church did, and does, tell the story of Jesus vitally in each new generation. – John P. Meier1 Inherent in the development of Jesus scholarship was the development of a new, strange mold of spirituality.
Three weeks ago, I began a teaching series at Bedford Road on Solomon: The Tarnished Crown. Yesterday, I taught on Adonijah, the son of David who attempted to usurp the throne from Solomon. There is never enough time to talk about all the people who pass through the biblical narrative. I would never finish a
The United States has fifty states, right? We tend to think of the United States only in terms of these states. And if we’re being honest, a lot of Americans even forget about Alaska and Hawaii because they are not contiguous with the other forty-eight. But there is far more to the United States than
Many Christian apologists who answer Mormon doctrine do so on the basis of looking deep into their lesser known beliefs and pointing out that there is some wild stuff going on there. For example, Joseph Smith taught that Methuselah and Abraham used the urim and the thummim as magical telescopes to discover the star Kolob,
This is the last of our Lenten devotional videos, as today is Good Friday. Sorry it came out so late in the day. I recorded it at 5:00am; but I had a lot going on and forgot to upload it.