This site was created for new Christians, older ones who were never taught the basics, and for anyone else who would like to learn
more about a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Access is free and no registration is required.
We invite you to partici- pate in our learning, discussions and Bible readings as we system- atically cover the basics with a very
intentional focus on Jesus.
The basic discipleship course on this blog is a work in progress, and should be considered a template. It is
open to the suggestions and revisions of authors, editors, theologians,
evangelists, psalmists, artists, pure-hearted zealots, and most importantly, new Christians who tend to ask the most piercing and
pertinent questions of them all. Questions, in fact, are completely open, and no subject is off limits as long as it's not too much
of a rabbit path. There is no such thing as a stupid question if sincerely asked. But making comments, suggestions or other insights
requires special consideration:
First, any comments or suggested revisions must be based on Biblical truth. This is not a course in worldly
philosophy, medieval church tradition or new age liberalism, but in who Jesus is, as the Scriptures portray Him.
Second, everything in this basic template is authored for the purpose of pointing to Jesus more clearly,
so the aim of each comment or suggested revision should be the same. Therefore, if you want to suggest a change, let's think about
this. If it already points to Jesus, why would you want to change it? So we are looking for a clearer perspective than we have seen,
an improved explanation, correction where necessary, or viable alternate perspectives. These entries will be very earnestly
considered, for the truth is in Jesus and in our heart-of-hearts we are seeking to learn of Him (Eph 4:20-21).
Third, the truth must always be spoken in love. Even in disagreements, our love and respect must be shown to others
so that a bond of good will, and a basis for a new consensus, can be promoted.
Finally, if you wish to participate, you may comment on the main posting or in relation to the comments of other
participants. But in the event of a disagreement, please site Scriptures to explain why you think a point that was offered was
wrong. Then offer in its place what you believe to be the true perspective, again supported by Scriptures, and explain how it
points us to Jesus more clearly. If this is done in love, no one should have a problem considering it fairly.
". . . till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man,
to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and
fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful
plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head-- Christ-- from
whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working
by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love."
Unless otherwise noted: All Biblical quotes are from The New King James Version. 1996, c1982. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Most of the images on this blog have been downloaded from the internet. Reasonable efforts have been made to respect copyrights, but with so many copies of each image available it is difficult to find the original source and determine the true status. So if you find an image here that you know to be copyrighted, please inform us and we will remove it promptly. Or, at the artist's discretion, we will provide credit through a rollover notification and a link to their website by clicking on the image.
.....Most of the black-and-white illustrations used on this blog are the work of Gustave Dore, a wonderful Alsacian (French) artist from the 19th century who specialized in book illustrations. They are now public domain. They have been scanned and made available free online by Felix Just, S.J. His complete gallery can be viewed by clicking here.
. ....When you view his gallery, you'll see that some of those scans have been modified for special use on this blog. This is the handiwork of my lovely wife Nancy, who is a suberb professional graphic artist! (Nancy has created hundreds of book covers for well-known Christian authors, and created the banner for this blog.) Since we freely received this work from Dore and Professor Just, we have no problem with others using our artwork freely as well. Just give the glory to God!
.... Also, if you would like to see a much fuller gallery of Dore's illustrations, including the entire Old Testament (though the images are not quite as sharp,) try visiting another Dore Gallery by clicking here.