Author Archives: craigolson001

About craigolson001

Follower of Jesus Christ. Avid student of the Bible. Father of two, Step Father of two, Grandfather of two. Former missionary to northern Japan for eight years (Sapporo and Aomori City). Retired. Pickleball enthusiast. Biker, golfer, ESL teacher and devoted husband. Member of Chinese Christian Alliance Church.

Repentance – The Key to Faith

Remember the story of the rich young man who came to Christ with the question so many seekers ask, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mk 10:17). Jesus knew this young man’s heart. He had a … Continue reading

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What Does it Mean to be Reformed?

I recently had a conversation with a woman who is very active in church Bible studies. These are normally small group studies that are based on an inductive Bible study method. People are free to draw conclusions about what the … Continue reading

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Holy Affections – The Sign of True Faith

There is a show on local Christian radio here in the Chicago area called, “In the Marketplace with Janet Parshall.” The host likes to quote Luke 6:45b, “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”  The preceding … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Your Wounds Cripple You

Nursing grievances and harboring grudges certainly does not befit the child of God, given the blessings he or she enjoys in Jesus Christ. Continue reading

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Why Theology Matters

We live in a pluralistic society comprised of many nationalities, languages and religions. In order to accommodate all the diversity in such a society, those who shape our institutions have upheld multiculturalism as our most basic defining value. It is … Continue reading

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Easter and Evil

We are all familiar with the story of Christ’s death and resurrection. But several things jumped out at me as I considered the Easter story again this year in the run-up to Holy Week. These are observations I had not … Continue reading

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Where America Went Wrong

I don’t know about you, but I am terribly weary of people coming into church on a Sunday morning at the last minute, spending time talking noisily with their friends in the lobby, and making their way to the sanctuary to take their seat at the very last minute. Continue reading

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