Church Police – Literally

This week, the Alabama senate voted to allow Briarwood Presbyterian Church, located in Birmingham, to have their own police force.  The church has over 4,000 people in attendance each week and they run a private school.  They said having their own police force would help to keep everyone safe.

I was flabbergasted when I first read the article.  I admit they have a lot of people on their campus, but it still seems strange for a church to have its own police force.

I have been thinking about the pro’s and con’s of this decision.  If there is an emergency on the church campus, they will have the ability to respond quickly and potentially save lives.

However, what if there is a crime?  What if the crime is committed by a beloved member, volunteer, or leader?  Will the police force be able to maintain objectivity and investigate the crime?  Also, allowing people to police themselves often ends in disaster.

What do you think about this church having its own police force?

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Historical Jesus

I was wondering if there is any historical evidence that Jesus actually lived and was executed as recorded in the Bible.  Determining if Jesus was God is beyond the scope of this blog post, that is a whole other conversation.

I did some research and this is what I discovered.

  • Tacitus was a Roman historian and he wrote about Christians.  He called them followers of Jesus Christ.  He also wrote about Jesus being crucified during the reign of Tiberius and sentenced by Pontius Pilate.
  • Josephus was a Jewish historian that wrote about Jesus and made references to the miracles and resurrection stories.
  • The Babylonian Talmud (a collection of Jewish rabbinical writings) also mentioned Jesus and his crucification.

(source: Michael Gleghorn, http://www.probe.com)

While reading articles on this subject, I found a quote that was really interesting.

“There is no evidence that the existence of Jesus was ever denied in antiquity by those who opposed Christianity.”

(source:  Historicity of Jesus, http://www.wikipedia.com)

This is an area of research that I have just recently started, so I know there is a lot more information out there.

If you are aware of information that confirms or denies the existence of Jesus, please let me know in the comment section below.  You can disagree with me or other commenters, but please don’t be rude.