Ministry and Education – Part 3
BY MAX FERNANDEZ We believe that we should be a ministry committed to the highest level of Christian education possible. Since Middletown Christian Schools is a ministry, spirituality is the most fundamental value and really the only value that matters. This means that we can let academic excellence and physical development take a back seat […] READ MORE
Book Review: Stop Trying by Cary Schmidt
BY MAX FERNANDEZ Stop Trying: How to Receive—Not Achieve—Your Real Identity, by Cary Schmidt. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2021. Cary Schmidt presently serves as the pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Newington, Connecticut. Prior to moving to Connecticut, Schmidt served in a fruitful ministry for twenty years in Lancaster, California. Schmidt’s extensive ministry experience, along with his […] READ MORE
Evidence Proves Identity, NOT Identity Creates Truth
From the Series: Certainty – Absolute Truths That Bring Joyful Assurance BY MAX FERNANDEZ We must be able to give clear, objective truth. In our culture, it is becoming increasingly accepted that a person’s oppressed identity is the better source of truth rather than reason and evidence: “Social Justice scholarship takes umbrage with anything that […] READ MORE
An Unchanging Message in the Midst of Postcolonial Revision
From the Series: Certainty – Absolute Truths That Bring Joyful Assurance BY MAX FERNANDEZ Who God is has never changed. Our security is attached to what we believe to be true. If we believe that ultimate security is attached to education, money, or happiness, then any time our belief about those things is shaken, we […] READ MORE
Something Critical Theory Can Never Offer You
From the Series: Certainty – Absolute Truths That Bring Joyful Assurance BY MAX FERNANDEZ As Christians, we are not only students of the Word of God, but we are also students of the culture around us. The changes in culture seem to have accelerated with the propagation of what has been called Critical Theory. “Theory” […] READ MORE
An Introduction to 1 John and Critical Theory of Our Society
From the Series: Certainty – Absolute Truths That Bring Joyful Assurance BY MAX FERNANDEZ 1 John 1:4 “And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” Our joy is incomplete without assurance about the complete truth about Jesus. There is no complete jubilation without God’s self-revelation, fellowship with God in Jesus Christ, […] READ MORE
Ministry and Education – Part 2
BY MAX FERNANDEZ We believe that Christian education is one form of ministry where we (the school) support the parent’s pursuit of the spiritual, academic, and physical maturity of children. The mystery that was hidden in the Old Testament of the scriptures was the church. The church is the place where the Lord brings about […] READ MORE
Ministry and Education – Part 1
BY MAX FERNANDEZ We believe ministry is Christlike service in every sphere of the believer’s life. The greatest in the kingdom of heaven is the one who humbly serves. There is no greater example of this than Jesus Christ, who humbly washed his own disciples’ feet on the eve of his Passion. So, without argument, the ultimate service […] READ MORE
Remembering Christ in My Bible Reading
BY MAX FERNANDEZ A few years ago, I gave several lessons regarding scripture study and interpretation. As part of those lessons there were questions which I encouraged the church family to ask each time they read the Bible. Here is a sample that may be of help to you. TEXT: ISAIAH 43:1–13 What is […] READ MORE
What Is One Good Reason Why God’s People Do Not Have to Fear?
BY MAX FERNANDEZ Notice what Isaiah 41:10 says: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Historical Setting As we look at this passage, it is […] READ MORE
Marriage: An Eternal Perspective
BY MAX FERNANDEZ Introduction Marriage is a shadow of what is an eternal reality–that reality being the Triune God. The Trinity is the doctrine that God has eternally existed as one God, yet three distinct persons. God, as eternal Creator, created the institution of marriage, but how is marriage a shadow of an eternal reality? […] READ MORE
Marriage: Divinely Designed
BY MAX FERNANDEZ Introduction Companionship is one of the blessings of marital covenant. Implicit within the thought of companionship is the assumption that aloneness is not good. From where did this assumption come, and who made the solution for aloneness? The purpose of this first lesson will be to establish that God is both the […] READ MORE
Galatians for the Christian Institution
BY MAX FERNANDEZ How does Galatians 1:1-5 help administrators within a Christian institution? It is hard to imagine that such an old writing like the book of Galatians may actually be relevant within Christian administration, but Galatians is tremendously relevant for administrators within a Christian institution. It will be the purpose of this short article to set […] READ MORE
Is Christianity Relevant?
BY ALEX FLANAGAN “God is dead, and we have killed him.” That is what the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche concluded in his seminal parable entitled The Madman. Although this simple yet profound statement was written well over one hundred years ago, it seems that the ideology behind it has never been more popular than it is […] READ MORE
What Does the Bible Say Happens When Someone Dies?
BY DON OVERPECK What happens when you die depends on what happens before you die. Hebrews 9:27 declares, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” The only opportunity you will ever have to get right with God, is the opportunity God affords you right now. When those who […] READ MORE
Mom Life: One of God’s Greatest Ministries Is Being a “Mom”
BY VAL BUSSELL There are many important, loving people in a child’s life; however, since I am a mom, we will approach this subject from that point of view. Regardless of whether you are an adopting mom, foster mom, step-mom or biological mom, everything said here will relate to you. So, a little about me…… […] READ MORE
Jesus and the Defeat of Racism
BY JAKE TAUBE One of the great wonders of our modern era is that I can safely assume essentially every reader agrees that racism is evil and all people, whatever their ethnicity, have equal dignity and value. This would not have been the case in nearly every society of the past! As concerned as we may be about the […] READ MORE
Motherhood: An Identity Crisis
BY ELIZABETH BERRY We are created in the image of God. Our lives are designed to reflect—to image—pure perfection: the Creator Himself. The human identity was always intended to be found in Him. The curse of sin has ruined many things for mothers—we experience infertility, miscarriage, difficulties in childbirth, heartbreak, death, and so much more—but […] READ MORE
How Do Christians Cope with Uncertainty and Stress?
BY DON OVERPECK Stress is generally caused by fear of the unknown or a real or perceived loss of control in one’s life. How will I pay my bills? How will I cope with my disease? Sometimes we do things we should not, which creates stress. I must speed and weave through traffic unsafely to […] READ MORE
Is Jesus the Only Way to God?
BY ALEX FLANAGAN To say that there are a multitude of different worldviews in our modern society is certainly a given. A quick glance at the world around us is all that is needed to confirm it. Indeed, differing ideas and opinions seem to be almost as plentiful as there are people. Amidst all these, […] READ MORE
Is Jesus Truly God?
BY JAKE TAUBE Christians affirm that Jesus is God. Sound a little superstitious? After all, Jesus lived a long time ago, and we can’t really put this claim to the test, can we? What proof do Christians have that Jesus is God? But, really, how long ago Jesus lived isn’t the biggest problem. If some […] READ MORE