Could He Have Called 10,000 Angels?

Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:53).

There is a beautiful song by Ray Overholt entitled, “Ten Thousand Angels.” The chorus of that song says, “He could have called ten thousand angels, to destroy the world and set him free.” Many have pondered the nature of the biblical statement (Matthew 26:53), as well as Overholt’s poetic rendition of it.

It stirs a profound thought: did Jesus have a legitimate alternative to the crucifixion – specifically, could he have canceled the whole event? Continue reading “Could He Have Called 10,000 Angels?”

Why affection is so important to marriage

Thomas and Maggie sat in marriage counseling. Maggie dabbed at her swollen eyes as she cried about Thomas’ refusal to be affectionate to his wife of 32 years.

The counselor asked Thomas why he was cold towards her.

“That’s silly stuff. I won’t do it.”

“Maggie, did Thomas kiss you when you were dating?” Continue reading “Why affection is so important to marriage”

A Hot Faith

by J. Randal Matheny, editor

I noticed my phone bill was due today (18th actually, but still not past due), so I walked down the few blocks to the post where I normally pay it. Was just after 12 noon, and there was a line, so I walked back a block, ate lunch at a decent restaurant with lots of veggies and then returned to a shorter line. Still waited some 10-15 minutes to pay. Bearable.

Walking back, I passed by the local branch of the Igreja cristã evangélica (Evangelical Christian Church), a group of the Reformed branch of Protestantism. Reminded me of when they put up a sign a few years ago, with large letters of their abbreviated name: ICE.

The Pentecostals accuse the “traditionalists” of being cold. So I wasn’t surprised that the sign didn’t stay up long. English is not the language here, but enough people know enough English to make a joke of it. And I’m sure they did. Continue reading “A Hot Faith”