Paul or Cephas or Apollos or Christ?

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?
—1 Corinthians 1:10-13
This passage has always struck me as somewhat odd. Why were there some in the assembly at Corinth who identified themselves as followers of Paul or Apollos or Peter in exclusion of the Messiah? As a Trinitarian, this made no sense, because of those four, only Jesus is God, so everyone following Paul instead of Peter would be a heretic. And why didn't Paul simply ask, “Is Paul God? Is Apollos the Creator? Is Cephas the I AM?” But he did not, which seemed like…

Response to Catholic Answers: The Divinity of Christ

Recently, a Roman Catholic friend of mine challenged me to read a tract on the divinity of Christ from Catholic Answers.1 We'd been debating this subject on Facebook, and he is convinced that the creeds distill the truth of Scripture, and this tract he asked me to read should show me where I err. I decided I ought to read it and respond as thoroughly as possible to make sure I'm understanding the texts presented and hopefully present what I understand to be true as articulately as possible. And I hope that other Catholics or Protestant Christians who have only heard one side of the Trinity question would find this and be challenged to reconsider their understanding of the person of Jesus Christ.

Catholic Answers (CA): Christ's divinity is shown over and over again in the New Testament. For example, in John 5:18 we are told that Jesus' opponents sought to kill him because he “called God his Father, making himself equal with God.”
Very, very often, orthodox Christians tak…

How I Came to Be

My blogging activity has taken a nosedive this summer. I have been simultaneously busy with family activities in another state (including a death and a wedding), drudging my way through a dozen books I started this year (I'm not much of a reader), and trying to enjoy my leisure time. Recently, though, my friend Bill Schlegel (Land and Bible) put out a call for Biblical Unitarians to share their testimonies to be included in the Testimonies section of the One God Report. I thought it would be helpful to include my story, as there is a pretty sharp divide among Biblical Unitarians when it comes to the applicability of the Torah, and that was for me my launching point for changing my perspective on the person of Jesus Christ.

I was raised in an evangelical home of the Church of Christ persuasion. I was baptized by my father when I was 9, and I had a profound love for God and a desire to understand the Scriptures. In early high school, we moved to a new town, and the church my parents…

Exodus: Memoir of the Gods

This is a creative writing idea I had that is inspired by the upcoming holy days of Passover and Matzot and the celebration of the Exodus. I decided to envision the story in Exodus 3-14 from the perspective of the gods of Egypt. It ought not need stating that this is highly imaginative. But whether or not things played out at all like I've depicted, the ancient Hebrews operated under the worldview that the gods of the nations may be real, they were just worthless compared to the Most High God and shouldn't be worshiped. All that being said, I hope this gets you thinking about the Passover in a new way as it approaches in a couple of weeks.

Another important point is that I'm appealing to the revised Egyptian chronology put forth by David Down in his book Unwrapping the Pharaohs. And my knowledge of the religions of Egypt is limited to what I can find on Google, so my portrayal of their gods is of my own imagination. For instance, it appears that Imhotep wasn't considere…