Crayons, Gospels, and Rainbows

Why do we have four Gospels? Why do we have four Gospels that are preserved in the Bible?

I asked this question to the youth group a couple of weeks ago, as we began our study of the Gospel of John. To be honest, one Gospel has enough information in it to let us know what type of man Jesus was, and has everything in to know how to be saved. Therefore, why do we have four?

To provide one explanation for this, I had the teens participate in an activity, which I borrowed from Dr. Bruce McLarty’s commentary, Journey of Faith: Walking with Jesus Through the Gospel of JohnContinue reading

What I’ve Learned from taking Mythology in the Summer . . . so far

  1. There is more than one perspective when looking at life. When you look at this picture, what do you see? You could say “a dragon.” Looking through this world in a mythical lens, you could possibly see a dragon. Not a fire-breathing dragon, but a dragon. A reptilian creature of power, that can grow to massive size. Or through a scientific lens, you could say an alligator, for that is what science has labeled this beast (Alligator mississippiensis to be exact). Both are correct, yet different. One providing a more magical feel, an awe for something that would otherwise be seen as ordinary, while the other defining what this creature is. This world can be seen by many perspectives, a world which opens up by seeing with many eyes, yet can be very limited if seen by one. For if you say instead, “It’s just an alligator,” you place a limit upon what this beast can be, making it something common. Or if you say, “It’s a dragon, but I know it’s really an alligator,” then you don’t see the dragon at all, only pretending that it’s a dragon instead of really seeing it in a mythical way. Not one eye is more right than the other, though sometimes we act as such, for both are merely different ways of looking at creation, and a balance should be used in using them both.
  2. Beans are dangerous. Continue reading