Welcome to Christ is for everyone! My name is Dr. Steven Nemes and I have created this website in order to share the life-bringing teachings of Jesus Christ with everyone who will listen, whether Christian or not, religious or skeptic, atheist or unsure. You can read more about me here. You can contact me here. Let me briefly introduce what I am trying to do with this website.
Christ is for everyone! is about celebrating the goodness of life in the love of Christ. The teachings of Jesus Christ help us to understand ourselves, the world, and God so that we can see life as the most wonderful gift of all.
Jesus said that He came into the world so that His people might have “life in abundance” (John 10:10). He brings a joy that no one can take away (John 16:22) and a peace that the world cannot offer (John 14:27). He says that we are made free by knowing the truth (John 8:32). And yet so many people are without life, joy, peace, and freedom — even Christians who believe in Christ! Something has clearly gone wrong here. This raises the all-important question: How can we have this life, joy, peace, and freedom that Christ brings?
My conviction is this: If we are going to receive abundant life, permanent joy, incomparable peace, and liberating knowledge from Jesus, we have to change our ways of thinking about things. And this is in fact what Jesus Himself says. When He began His ministry, after being baptized by John in the Jordan River, He went around preaching the following message: “The times are fulfilled and the Kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the Good News!” (Mark 1:15) When Christ says “repent,” He does not merely mean that we have to set aside our sins and bad habits. He means that, but not only that. What He means in the fullest sense is this: Change your way of thinking! This is the sense of the Greek term (metanoeite) that Mark the Evangelist used in translating Christ’s preaching.
Thus, what Christ says is quite profound. If we are going to believe the Good News that He comes to bring, — if we are going to receive the life, joy, peace, and freedom that only this Good News can bring us, — then we are going to have to learn how to think differently about things. Indeed, I think we have to learn to think differently about everything: about ourselves, about the world, about God, and about Christ. Or, as the Apostle Paul wrote, we have to be “transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Rom. 12:2).
I have four goals with this webpage:
- The exegetical goal: to teach people how to interpret the Bible in such a way that they can understand the Good News it brings.
- The apologetic goal: to defend the teaching of Christ from the objections its critics bring against it.
- The philosophical goal: to provide positive arguments and reasons for believing the teachings of Christ.
- The spiritual goal: to cultivate a genuinely abundant, joyful, and peaceful Christian life in the world.
Everything I post will fit into at least one of these four categories. Maybe you want some help understanding what the Bible teaches and how it can be Good News. Or maybe you have encountered some arguments and criticisms against Christianity, and you want to know how to respond to them. Or maybe you are more interested in seeing whether a positive case can be made for what Christianity teaches. Or maybe you just want to cultivate a Christian life and find spiritual nourishment somewhere. Whatever your purpose may be, my goal is to provide you with what you are looking for.
Some of the posts will be for more advanced audiences, for people who are well-read in theology and philosophy. Others will be accessible to everyone, even those without a lot of specific education. In this way, I want to provide resources so that everyone can find abundant life, permanent joy, incomparable peace, and liberating knowledge in the teachings of Jesus Christ.
The most important goal of this project is the fourth one. By writing and sharing my thoughts and reflections with other people, I don’t mean to give the impression that I exist in a state of perfect life, joy, peace, and freedom. Far from it! By my writing and thinking, I am trying to achieve these things for myself and for others at the same time. In that sense, you can consider this website and its ministry as an invitation to accompany me on a journey into the teachings of Christ.
Most of the posts found on this website will also be available for listening on the Christ is for everyone! podcast.
What is the meaning of the name, “Christ is for everyone”? In fact, there are two meanings. First, what I mean to communicate is that Christ and His teachings are positive and life-bringing. Just as a good husband is “for” and not against his wife, just as good parents are “for” and not against their children, so also Christ is “for” everyone! He loves all people and wishes to bring them life, joy, and peace. Second, what I mean to communicate is that the message and Good News of Jesus Christ is relevant and accessible for absolutely everybody. No one is excluded, no one is left out, no one is disregarded by the loving teachings of Christ. And these two meanings are clearly related: the reason why no one is excluded is that Christ loves all people and wants life, joy, and peace for them all.
Because my goal with Christ is for everyone! is precisely to serve others, I have also added a “contact” form so that you can get in touch with me by email. Feel free to send me an email if:
- you have a question you would like me to address on the blog;
- you would like recommendations about resources for further study;
- you have any other inquiry whatsoever!
If you find anything of value in what I write, please do share it with others! I am greatly looking forward to pursuing this work. May our Lord Jesus Christ grant all of us His abundant life, permanent joy, incomparable peace, and liberating knowledge in this life and the next.