The Lord’s Supper in Synoptic Gospels + Church Traditions

We cannot answer all the questions in this overview, but we can exegete the Lord’s Supper in its original context in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. This post also looks very briefly at 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 and 11:23-34. Then, what do various churches teach about the Lord’s Supper (or Communion or Eucharist)? I am here to learn (and offer my own opinions at various times).

Continue reading

4. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Took the Form of a Servant

What does Paul mean that Jesus “emptied himself” by taking the form of a servant and was found in the likeness of men and appearance as a man (Phil. 2:6-8)? Did some attributes get trimmed off (e.g. omniscience, omnipresence, and invisibility) to become a semi-deity, a lesser god (of sorts), or did he keep all of them? Let’s explore this doctrine further.

Continue reading

The Son of Man Claims God’s Authority to Forgive Sins on Earth

Mark 2:1-12 says that the son of Man–Jesus–forgave a paralytic’s sins. Does this mean that Jesus claimed authority that only God has, thus making himself equal to God? Did he use a Hebrew word for “forgiveness” which only God can offer?

Continue reading

6. Two Natures in One Person: Definition or Creed of Chalcedon

From the Council of Chalcedon (AD 451). English, Greek, and Latin are included; discusses how the definition opposes three deficient teachings about Christ (Apollinarianism, Nestorianism, and Monophysitism) and answers the objection that the fifth-century church just made it all up.

Continue reading

Works Cited

Here is a list of the principal works referenced or used at this site. More will be added as time goes on, so please check back.

Continue reading