Supreme Court Judgment


Some Christians have argued that the recent Supreme Court decision overriding the decision of some states to maintain the traditional definition of marriage will bring God’s judgment upon America. Paul the Apostle would tend to differ. The Supreme Court decision was instead a formal, political, and, more importantly, a moral declaration of a judgment that has already begun.

As Paul began the great book of Romans, he declared that God’s wrath has been revealed against godlessness and unrighteousness (1:18). This godlessness comes about because unrighteous people suppress the truth. The truth that is suppressed is God’s revelation (1:19). Verse 20 tells us that God has revealed both His power and His nature through His creation. These “invisible attributes” have been available to mankind since creation. Instead of acknowledging God, however, some foolishly exchange God’s glory for idolatry (1:23), which Paul identifies as the worship of the creature rather than the Creator. Verse 24 begins with a “therefore.” This verse is the result of the preceding actions. Because people reject the truth which God has revealed to them and Read more…

Gabriel


The angel Gabriel, “the man of God,” was an integral part of the Christmas story. While Zechariah burned incense to the Lord, an angel appeared to him, telling him that God was going to answer the prayers of him and his wife and that they would have a son. Reminiscent of Abraham, Zechariah declared that he and his wife were too old to have a son. How could he believe this being? The answer was dramatic. “I am Gabriel, the one having stood and still standing in the presence of God.” The verb “to stand” is a perfect participle and emphasizes the continuing activity of standing in the presence of the Lord. This was the authority by which Gabriel declared his good news.

Six months later Gabriel returned, this time declaring to Mary that she was to be the mother of the Messiah. In the presence of Gabriel, Mary moved from fear and surprise to faith and acceptance. Read more…

His Name shall be Called


I had the joy of listening to the Maranatha Baptist University orchestra and choirs play and sing Handel’s Messiah again this year. It is always a joyous occasion.

Handel built this oratorio on Scripture and one of the key passages is Isaiah 9:6, which concludes, “and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Most commentators today would suggest removing the comma between the first two terms, leaving four parallel names: Read more…

Day of Infamy


December 7, 1941, is the day which has gone down in history as the Day of Infamy. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, it brought the United States into World War 2. The following four wars saw the heroism and sacrifice of the Greatest Generation.

Maranatha Baptist Seminary expresses its appreciation and thankfulness to all those who serve and have served in our military. We are also thankful for the military veterans who served their country and now have come to the Seminary to train to serve their King. Read more…

Christmas


The word “Christmas” is problematic for some. This English word comes from “Cristes Maesse,” a phrase that meant “Christ’s Mass.” As is the case so often, we use terms that originated in another language and even another religion. The “mass,” of course, is the Roman Catholic continuing sacrifice of Christ. If you check the internet, you will find some who are gravely concerned should we ever say, Merry Christmas, for the phrase would be understood as “May the death of Christ be joyful.” They may complain that Santa, who proclaims, “Ho, Ho, Ho, Merry Death of Christ,” is actually a symbol for Satan who rejoiced at Christ’s death.

While there may be etymological truth to this, the meaning of a word is not necessarily found in its etymology. Our word “enthusiastic” comes from “en” and “theos” and, therefore, has the idea, etymologically, of being in God. I live in Green Bay Packer country, and I can attest that the vast majority of the enthusiastic fans are not “in God.” Read more…