Adrian

My friend Adrian, left, shares the gospel of Jesus Christ with Juan, who he met while evangelizing to people at the Fullerton Skate Park in Fullerton, Calif., on March 16, 2014.

‘Peace, goodwill toward men’

School’s out and 2012’s done. It’s Christmas and I need to reflect on life. Christmas is all about love. Jesus preached loving everyone—your neighbors and your enemies. Jesus was born  in Bethlehem, a city in Israel, and as Luke 2 says, an angel approached a group of shepherds out in the fields the night of…

What Christmas Means

No, the meaning of Christmas is not to buy presents or sip egg nog at festive holiday parties. Christmas is (or is meant to be) a time set out each year to honor one thing: the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, which took place more than 2,000 years ago in Israel. Jesus…

Quotes from “The Brothers Karamazov”

I am reading The Brothers Karamazov by Foyodor Dostoyevsky now, and wow is it good! I am on page 600 out of 900. There is some awesome character development. Caution: Only read the book if you do not get bored with extensive dialogue, slow-moving plots and tremendous descriptions of character thoughts and actions. Here is…

What it Means to be Protestant (Christianity Essay)

Quite simply, the word “Protestant” originally referred to a few people in 1520s Germany who protested the ruling by the Diet of Speyer which voted to end the religious toleration of Lutheranism (McGrath 287). But today, the word means much more. It is estimated there are around 760 million Protestants around the world, equaling 12%…

What it Means to be Catholic (Christianity Essay)

My essay about the Catholic Church for my Introduction to Christianity class. The books I used are “Roman Catholic Church” by Richard P. McBrien, An Introduction to Christianity by Alister E. McGrath, and Roman Catholicism: The Basics by Michael Walsh. There are over one billion people who identify themselves as being part of the Catholic…

What it Means to be Orthodox (Christianity Essay)

This is an essay I wrote for my Intro to Christianity class, about the Orthodox Church. Primary sources used are The Orthodox Church by Timothy Ware and An Introduction to Christianity by Alister McGrath. “In the dark days in their history – under the Mongols, the Turks, or the communists – it is to the…