The Cross as Punctuation

Jonathan Bernier wrote an interesting blog post entitled “The Last Word.” Here’s the part that struck me most: The problem lies not simply in how scriptures are being read but in how it is thought to function in church and Christian life. The entire premise is that if the scriptures are to be authoritative they [Read More...]

The Ultimate Rejection

Via Bob Cargill on Facebook [Read more...]

Jesus in Science Fiction Cartoons

Here are two cartoons I came across today, one of which I had seen before, the other of which was new to me. [Read more...]

Outside the Gate

As we reached the end of Hebrews in my Sunday school class last week, I was struck once again by how there are texts which are so clearly at odds with mythicism, and yet which are explained away with a little hand-waving. One example is the reference to Jesus suffering “outside the gate” (Hebrews 13:12). [Read More...]

Don’t Episode I The Bible

Carson T. Clark posted on the Gospel not being Jesus’ death. I’ll quote him in full, since it is a short post: Many Christians believe the Gospel is about Jesus dying on the cross for the atonement of sins. I disagree. To my mind that’s like saying Star Wars is about Anakin Skywalker’s final act of redemption in which [Read More...]

Church of Death

David Hayward posted this cartoon: I find it all the more interesting because it potentially highlights two possible ways of thinking about and approaching church, and Christianity. On the one hand, there is an approach that uses appealing things to lure people into a trap that ultimately results in their spiritual death, as they join [Read More...]

Cross and Question Mark

David Hayward shared this cartoon yesterday: I am sure that there are some who will find it offensive. But the cross has not always been a public symbol for Christianity, and the removal of a physical symbol doesn’t necessarily indicate the removal of that which is symbolized. But on the other hand, I don’t think [Read More...]

Spinning the Cross

David Hayward's latest cartoon will probably be controversial in some circles. But on one level, it reflects a very mainstream understanding of what happened in the early church. Jesus' followers thought he was destined to be king and restore the kingdom of David. They were so persuaded that, when the Romans crucified him, their belief [Read More...]

Hebrews 9: A Bloodbath

Hebrews 9 is the source of a couple of popular “memory verses” in conservative Evangelical circles. It was interesting to explore it in my Sunday school class today in a way that got at some key questions, both in terms of the exploration of the meaning of the text in its original context, and how [Read More...]

Xylon (The Tree) by Kerry Livgren

  Lyrics: There’s a garden in the valley There’s a beauty I could never conceive In this paradise I dream of I have known it though it’s never been seen I remember I was falling Someone took me by the hand I was burning in the sunlight Now in the shade I stand (Chorus) The [Read More...]

Good Friday and Deity-Placation

Today's Non Sequitur cartoon fits how some understand Good Friday perfectly: Among our oldest traceable concept of gods are the personalities we once assumed to be behind the forces of nature. How do we find a way to get rain when we need it, or divert illness away from ourselves? Placate the deity. And how [Read More...]


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