The Gospel of John #11

November 22, 2017
Born to Win with Ronald L. Dart

The Gospel of John #12

November 23, 2017

I can understand why Jewish leaders were concerned about Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion of the Christ”. If I were Jewish, I would probably feel the same way. I know I am profoundly disturbed by some of the things my countrymen have done—and not done—in history. I would just as soon it all be forgotten. And the Jews have suffered terrible persecutions so often in the past, that it is easy to see why they would be sensitive to this.

But that is not reason enough to try to block the distribution of the movie. Let it be shown and then offer your criticism. There is no way to tell the truth honestly about John’s gospel without telling the story of the involvement of the Jewish religious establishment in Jesus’ death.

Nor can you tell the story without acknowledging that all Jesus’ disciples were Jews. The people who admired him were Jews, the entire early church was Jewish, the man who betrayed Jesus was a Jew, the people who arrested and accused him were Jewish. This is a Jewish story from start to finish. It is hard to find a justification for opposing a movie when the story has been out there for 2,000 years. So what is it about this story that is so worrisome? Let's start in John, chapter 18.

References: John 18:28-21:25

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Born to Win is the radio ministry of Christian Educational Ministries (CEM).  CEM is a service ministry with two major goals, first, to share the Gospel with the world and make disciples for Jesus Christ and secondly to teach those disciples of Jesus all that He commanded His disciples to do (Matthew 28:19-20).  Paul later expanded on this in his last letter to Timothy: 

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be proficient and equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17 from KJV and NRSV).

CEM was founded to serve the public, individual Christians of every stripe, and community based churches in every tradition. We are an independent, nondenominational ministry. 

About Ronald L. Dart

Ronald L. Dart is a gifted teacher of the Word of God.  People around the world have come to appreciate Ron’s easy style, his non-combative approach to explaining the Bible, and the personal, almost one-on-one method of explaining what’s going on in the world in the light of the Bible. People say they get hooked on Ron’s depth of insight into the Bible and appreciate the unique gift for clarity and simplicity that enable him to hold an audience. His listeners don’t want to miss a word this broadcaster has to say and they want their community to hear it as well.

 Mr. Dart was born to young parents on a farm just south of Harrison, Arkansas.  His father worked for the railroad and also sang bass with the Melody Four Quartet.  He started school in a one room schoolhouse in Gaither, Arkansas and finished high school in Houston, Texas where he met his wife to be, Allie Driver.  

He joined the Navy in September of 1952 and earned the rating of petty officer first class in four years.  After the Navy, Ron attended Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas for two years, and Ambassador College for two years, getting a bachelor’s degree.

Ron served as a pastor of a church, and returned to college to get his Master’s Degree. Then he went to the University of Texas, in Austin and did work towards his doctor’s degree in communications. It is through his continued studies in theology and  communications that Ron’s gift for teaching the Word of God became evident.  He has taught Old Testament Survey, Epistles of Paul and public speaking.  He has CDs of sermons he has given on virtually every book in the Bible. After retiring from teaching and church administration in 1995 he started Christian Educational Ministries and the Born to Win radio program.

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