Over the weekend I spoke at a conference in Seattle, Washington area that focused on “Jesus, the Bible and the Holy Spirit” and during an informal discussion on our final morning together, one of the participants asked a question about the Holy Spirit. His question was about how we engage with the Holy Spirit and how the Spirit leads and interacts with us in both an individual and a corporate sense. Here’s my response: First of all, I would say… Read more

Over the weekend I spend 3 days debating “Jesus, the Bible and the Holy Spirit” with a few dozen other people in the forest outside of Seattle, Washington. Several of the other speakers at this conference maintained that the Bible was the only possible way for anyone to know who Jesus is. Why? Because, as one of them put it: “Everything I know about Jesus came from the Bible. I’ve never heard God’s audible voice. I can’t have a seance… Read more

When the President of the United States, under the leadership of his Dispensationalist Christian Vice President and his End Times Obsessed Secretary of State, declares Jerusalem the capital of Israel and invites one notoriously Christian Zionist Televangelist and one infamously anti-Jewish Christian Pastor to speak at the dedication ceremony for the new US Embassy in that city, you might be wise to ask a few questions. Like, why is the guy who said Jewish people were going to burn in… Read more

  When American Televangelists like John Hagee and Robert Jeffress stand in Jerusalem and proclaim that Biblical prophecy is being fulfilled, it’s important to realize that there is no such Biblical prophecy being fulfilled. None. Every Old Testament prophecy about Israel returning to the land was fulfilled. The final prophecy about the fate of Israel and the destruction of Jerusalem was spoken by Jesus and fulfilled in AD 70. There were no prophecies made after that time about any restoration… Read more

Personally, I don’t really like focusing too much on sin. Not because I deny that people struggle with sin, but because I think our focus should be on Jesus – the solution for our sin – rather than on the problem. However, someone asked me recently about sin and started suggesting that some sins are worse than others. Ultimately, the conversation turned to the question: “What is the greatest sin of all?” For some, the greatest sin is homosexuality or… Read more

  In just a few days, I’ll be co-hosting a conference in Seattle, WA with a few friends called “Jesus, the Bible and the Holy Spirit”. This event will explore the differing perspectives on the Inerrancy and Infallibility of Scripture, as well as how often Christians substitute the Bible for Jesus, or the Holy Spirit. As we discuss the Bible, one thing that always comes up is the myth of scriptural preservation. Basically, this is the view espoused by Biblicists… Read more

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” – Jesus [Mathew 24:14] For many, this entire chapter in Matthew is about the End of the World. But, is it? Actually, no, it’s not. It’s about the destruction of Jerusalem which Jesus predicted would happen in that same generation: “This generation shall not pass, until all these things are fulfilled.” [v.34] If we start at the… Read more

Many Christians today love to say that they stand for the Biblical idea of marriage. By that, they do not refer to the polygamy of Abraham, or David, or Solomon. They do not mean marrying two sisters as Jacob did. No, they usually mean the sort of “Biblical” marriage that Jesus talks about in Matthew 19. As proof that Jesus saw marriage as being between one man and one woman, they point to one verse in the Matthew 19 where… Read more

After I posted two articles here critiquing the traditional view of Homosexuality – Why Romans Doesn’t Condemn Homosexuality and The Abomination of a Close Shave  – someone brought them to the attention of well-known anti-gay Christian scholar, Robert A. Gagnon. Just in case you’re not aware, Gagnon is often quoted in anti-gay documentaries or asked to appear on radio and television interviews to provide scriptural evidence that God hates homosexuality and that being gay is a choice to live in disobedience… Read more

You may have heard the excellent podcast conversation between Brad Jersak, Michael Hardin and a few others, about this question of “Who Killed Ananaias and Sapphira” a few years ago. It’s really fascinating stuff. Essentially, after a meandering discussion, they arrive at the idea that the death of these two people was an analog to the fall of Adam and Eve in the beginning of Genesis: -There is the creation of a beautiful new reality [compare the idyllic reality of… Read more

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