“Not Peace But A Sword”

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.


“You think I have come to bring peace on the earth.
I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
(Matt. 10:34)

These are the words of Jesus to His disciples before sending them out into Judea to proclaim the message of Christ. These words do not mesh well with the romanticized timid and docile Jesus we tend to speak about in our churches. These words would not be spoke by the Jesus who wouldn’t harm a fly, who would never inconvenience us, who would never put us in uncomfortable positions, or disrupt our cozy lives. The Jesus proclaimed in most of our churches is at the mercy of our free will, our capriciousness, our desires, and is a glorified Santa Claus who grants wishes asked of him in the form of so called prayers; that Jesus would not dare to speak these words. If the Jesus we claim to carry in our hearts were to speak these words, well, we might have to kill Him for disrupting the natural scheme of things and upending our lives. Continue reading ” “Not Peace But A Sword””


A Look at the Book of Acts

Written By Victor Stanley Jr.* 

Acts is a book that serves as a history of the beginnings of the Church. It was written by Luke, and serves as “Part II” of what we will call his “History of Christianity.” By Part II I mean that it is the continuation of the book that bears its authors name, that is The Gospel According to Luke. Acts provides what Dr. Chris Gnanakan (Dr. G) calls a theological-literary framework for missional living. There are four elements that are present in the composition of Acts: Continue reading “A Look at the Book of Acts”

For By Faith…

Written By Victor Stanley Jr.

In Romans 3:21-4:25 the Apostle Paul presents an argument that, at the time, was radical, especially to his Jewish readers.[1] He states that the righteousness of God has not only been manifested in the here and now, but that it has been manifested apart from the law. Looking back at chapter 2 we see that the Jews believed that they were justified by being members of the covenant community via circumcision and obedience to the law, that is that these were the outward signs of those who belonged to the covenant.[2] And in the first half of chapter 3 Paul levels the playing field by showing that no one, Jew or Greek, is righteous. Continue reading “For By Faith…”

A Little Apologetics

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

Christians seem to have mixed feelings about Apologetics. Some think it is divisive and fuels arrogant debate that drives people away from Christianity. Others think that Apologetics is the end all be all to evangelism. To be frank, both sides are wrong. Yet two questions remain: Is there a Biblical mandate for Apologetics? Do the Scriptures provide examples of Apologetics in practice? I contend that the answers are Yes and Yes. Continue reading “A Little Apologetics”

Who Am I?

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

Worldview Questions

We hear many issues brought up when worldview is mentioned. There are all types of arguments to be had and debates to be fought. However, worldview, at its base, can be narrowed down to a few questions that get to the heart of the matter. These questions, when considered and answered, provide the basis for every other issue that comes out of the worldview debate. They are as follows: Continue reading “Who Am I?”

A Generation Lost?

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

Multigenerational ministry seems to be more relevant of an issue in our modern times than in the past, I have no hard evidence for this, but, my general knowledge of Church History suggests it is true. Why is this such an issue? There are many theories: the advent of postmodernity, the battle between traditional and contemporary services, out of touch old people, syncretistic young people and so on. I would contend that one of the major issues—at least for the American Church—is the institutionalization of Church within the mainstream society and culture. Continue reading “A Generation Lost?”

Faith & The Law

Written by Victor Stanley Jr. 

In Luke chapters 18 and 19 Jesus encounters two wealthy men; the Rich Young Ruler and Zacchaeus. What is interesting about these two encounters is their relationship to the Old Testament law and the response each man has to Jesus. So let us look at the Law and how it comes to bear on the encounter each of these men had with Jesus as well has the life changing effect it had upon each of them. Continue reading “Faith & The Law”

Consciousness Community Part II

Written by Adam Coleman

In my last article, I laid out a context for what appears to be a growing problem in the black community. I discussed the lingering identity issue that seems to grip so many people of African descent and then illustrated how it poses a barrier to the spreading of the gospel as well as a stumbling block for many believers. With this article I provide a more detailed characterization of the sub-culture I have been referring to as the Consciousness Community/Movement (CC). Continue reading “Consciousness Community Part II”

The Full Gospel

Written by Victor Stanley Jr.

The Rich Young Ruler in Mark 10 asked Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus first response was that the man must keep the law. The young ruler said that he had done this, so Jesus then tells him to sell all that he has and give it to the poor and to come follow him. The young ruler walked away distraught because he had many possessions. Again in Matthew 16 Jesus says to his disciples that whoever loses their life for Christ’s sake will find it. Both of these exchanges reveal something about what it means to follow Christ. One must deny him or herself and be willing to commit their entire life to Christ in order to inherit the Kingdom of God, more commonly referred to as Heaven. Continue reading “The Full Gospel”

Are We Living in the Post Postmodern?

Written by Jeff Benson

The other day I was having dinner with an old friend of mine, when we began to discuss modern-day high-school students and how they react to certain questions. Since I regularly meet with a group of students at youth group, I was able to add into the conversation some of my own observations regarding the types of questions students have begun to ask, and how this differs from what we previously understood to be the “postmodern generation”. It was through our conversation we both came to a similar conclusion, that we might be beginning to see shift from postmodernism to what some are calling post postmodernism at a rapid pace. Continue reading “Are We Living in the Post Postmodern?”