Christianity is Nothing Without the Resurrection

“If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith is also in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:14). The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Christian faith. If Jesus rose from the dead, everything He taught is validated, every promise He gave is proven true, and anyone who believes in […]

President’s Perspective: Don’t Miss the Second Resurrection

Anyone charged with preaching or teaching God’s Word on a consistent basis knows there is not a debate as to what to teach during Easter. Whether it’s a sermon series, Sunday school curriculum or small-group discussion, our attention is always focused on the amazing miracle of Christ rising from the dead. This, of course, is […]

Christian Worldview and Apologetics: Evidence for the Resurrection

Two miracles — the incarnation of Christ and his bodily resurrection — lie at the foundation of the Christian faith. Modern denials of the resurrection generally result from a naturalistic worldview, not from careful examination of the evidence. The naturalist’s objection is that it simply is unbelievable that a man could be raised from the […]

Outside the Walls: Changed People Change the World

If you had breakfast with a dead guy, I wonder if your conversations would be the same that week. Imagine Monday morning around the water cooler. “How was your weekend?” “Oh, it was cool. We did some family stuff. I went fishing with the guys. John fell asleep on the boat and got sunburned; and, […]

Comic Belief: Confusing World

It’s a confusing world. Have you looked around lately? Boys want to be girls and girls want to be boys, and some want to be both. Can you remember when picking a member of the opposite sex was not multiple choice? Can you remember when women wore gloves and dentists didn’t? Can you believe that […]

Wholly Healthy: Let’s All Learn Simple CPR

This month we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus for the redemption of our sins. However, that magnificent event was also meant to show us that, for believers, death is not the final event. The resurrection of Jesus proved that there was hope for humans to escape the terrifying bonds of mortality itself. I […]

Sunday Dinner: Julie’s Roast Beef

It can be a balmy spring Sunday, or one where the wind is banging on your house and whipping shrubbery to and fro. If it is the latter, you’ll be glad to be indoors. You’ll be even more glad if you have Julie’s Roast Beef ready to come from the oven. You’ll have the people […]

Did Mom File Her Tax Return?

Do you know if your mom filed her tax return? The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants wrote an article a while back outlining the importance of being aware of our parents’ mental health — more specifically, their financial capacity. Financial capacity is an individual’s ability to independently manage his or her financial affairs. Even […]

In Your Interest: Stock Donation to Your Church

This is the time of year when we gather information to prepare our tax returns. Many individuals are able to deduct gifts to charity. One of the best gifts you can give to your church or other charity is stock or other marketable security that has increased in value since you purchased or inherited it. There […]

The Great Commission Is Not the Main Thing

This column may not be as controversial as the headline. In this issue of The Courier, we are focusing on “The State of the Church.” Our culture is rapidly becoming more secularized, and churches are not impacting the culture or reaching the percentage of people we once did. Some local churches are vibrant, but most […]