Author: Carla Alvarez

What is the Origin of Easter?

So what is the origin of Easter?  The answer is extremely obvious, yet skeptics and even some Christians seem to think it is a perversion of the Apostolic faith. This is far, far from the truth.  Apart from the move of the Sabbath observance, one of worship, communion, and reflection, from the seventh day of the week to the first because it was considered “the Lord’s Day,” 1 Acts 20:7 (Likely written by 64-65 AD giving an account which occurred approx. ) John in Revelation 1:10 (written 90 to 95 AD), Ignatius of Antioch, the Letter to the Magnesians...

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What Does the Bible Say About That: A Response to Jerry Falwell

It’s amazing the things you miss when you take a break from online media.  I checked my Facebook feed today after a short break and found a slew of unbelieving friends slamming evangelical Christians.   Some of the claims they were making made absolutely no sense and the posts they were sharing made assertions that were just not true at all. But reading a little farther apart from all of the bogus information, the kernel of the issue are comments by Jerry Falwell, Jr., giving a pass to Trump ‘s infidelity that was recently exposed. 1 Avery Anapol, “Lawyer Paid $130k...

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When Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

At the beginning of each New Year, most of us start with new resolution and good intentions. It is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. We resolve to read more, to eat right, and to follow through on that exercise program. But according to research, only 8 percent 1 Kelsey Mulvey, “80% of New Year’s Resolutions Fail by February – Here’s How to Keep Yours,” News, Business Insider, January 3, 2017, accessed January 3, 2017, of us follow through on those New Year’s goals and 80 percent of resolutions are given up by February. Such good...

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On Hanukkah, Hypocrites and an Open Letter to Ted Cruz

It’s Christmas time, but Hanukkah comes first. Tonight on the evening of December 12th, the first light of Hanukkah will be lit beginning the eight day festival of lights. As Christians, we don’t always pay attention to this holiday, but we should for several reasons. The first is that this was a celebration in which Jesus participated. John’s gospel relays an account of Jesus in the Temple during the Feast of Dedication, (John 10:22-23). However, there are other lessons to be learned from this observance. This time has a long history of significance in Judaism. The first day of...

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On Forgiveness, Justice and Matt Lauer

The past two months have been a series of revelations.  Beginning with Harvey Weinstein, one powerful man after another has been exposed as a liar, deceiver, and manipulator.   It seems everyone knew about Weinstein. 1 Ronan Farrow, “From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories,” The New Yorker, October 10, 2017, accessed December 1, 2017,   His sexual abuse and manipulation of women was so flagrant, so persistent, and so notorious that not only did insiders know about it, but references to it were included in Oscar 2 Seth MacFarlane, “,” Tweet, @SethMacFarlane, October...

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