When he was asked why his disciples don't follow a particular tradition regarding fasting, Jesus responded by saying that you don't put new wine into old wineskins. That's a rather odd explanation for why you don't follow a tradition. What is Jesus getting at and what does it mean for us today?
What is the Bible? Some people say it's God's word or that is stands for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. Other people think it's an ancient relic from a bygone era and of no use to anyone in the 21st century. But what does the Bible say about itself? How does it work? How should we view and use the Bible as Christians?
In Acts 2 we're told that all the believers had everything in common and that they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Those sound nice but that's pretty idealistic right? The church today couldn't possibly continue in that kind of fellowship today, right?
The longest and most elaborate parable Jesus tells is found in Luke 15. It tells the story of a son who runs away from home and squanders his fathers money. When he finally comes to his senses he decides to return home. But how will his father respond when he sees the son? How does God respond when he sees us coming home?
In Luke 15, right after telling a parable about a shepherd and a lost sheep Jesus tells another parable that's virtually identical about a women and a lost coin. Why did Jesus use two parables to basically say the same thing? Are there any notable differences between the first parable and this second one?
When a young rich man approached Jesus and asked what he must do to get eternal life, Jesus responded by listing a bunch of commandments from the Old Testament. So do we earn our salvation or are Jesus and this rich young man using the term "eternal life" in a different way? What does it mean to have eternal life and how do we get it?
Some denominations choose to baptize infants while other denominations wait and baptize followers of Jesus as adults once they have the ability to make that decision for themselves. But Paul says there is one baptism. So who's right? Should we baptize infants or adults? And how can we find unity in the midst of a disagree like this?
Paul tells us that their is one faith, so does that mean there is only one right way to understand Christianity? Is only one denomination "right" and all the others wrong? If so, how do we know who is right and who is wrong? Or is there a better way to understand Paul's statement that there is "one faith"?
Paul said that there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, which was a huge political statement in a world ruled by Romans Caesars and who forced everyone to claim that "Caesar is Lord". To deny lordship to Caesar and instead claim that Jesus was Lord was the type of thing that cold easily get you killed. So what does that mean for us today? What does it mean to claim that Jesus is Lord?