Review: What Every Christian Needs To Know About The Jewishness Of Jesus

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What was first-century Judaism like? How did first-century Judaism help people approach God and draw holiness into their lives? When Jesus, a Jew, thought of God and Scripture and prayer, what kinds of things was he thinking about? By looking at the life of Jesus as a Jewish life, this book seeks to uncover the Jewish roots of Christianity. I want to hear Jesus the way his contemporaries—Jews in first-century Israel and Galilee—would have heard him. I want to understand him the way his Jewish con … [Read more...]

At The Intersection Of Time And Eternity: Lent

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Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast. (Matthew 9:15, Mark 2:19-20, Luke 5:34-35)  Lent was a word once commonly used to describe the lengthening days as winter moved toward spring in the northern hemisphere. Today, it tells a very specific story about the forty days leading up to Easter on the Christian liturgical calendar. Lent begins this year on Wednesday, Febr … [Read more...]

We Don’t Age Out Of Our Sexuality

This post is part of a weekly Her.meneutics series called The Sex We Don’t Talk About, designed to feature female perspectives on aspects of sex and sexuality that can go overlooked in the church. During the season 6 premiere of Downton Abbey, head housekeeper Mrs. Hughes confides to her friend Mrs. Patmore, the house’s cook, that she is concerned about intimacy in her impending marriage. “Look at me,” she says. “I’m a woman in late middle age.” Hughes wonders if it would be better to leave that … [Read more...]

On The Move Again

Two days after they told us it was time to move, these postcards began arriving in the mail.

I wish I could say we are following cloud by day, fire by night like our forebears in the Sinai did. My husband and I are seeking God, but our journey lacks a clear destination at this point. All I know is that we are facing another move in the next few weeks.When we received word that our lender had approved our short sale in 2012, they gave us 10 days to get out of our house. As we didn't have any idea if or when we'd receive that approval during the months-long wait, we hadn't looked for … [Read more...]

Unintended Consequences Of The Jesus Movement: Voting Republican

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Remember when we were gonna not only change the world, but completely rearrange it?The Jesus Movement was seeded by the Spirit in the soil of the massive social unrest of the 1960's. Many Boomers who came of age during this era learned that the military-industrial cabal responsible for U.S. involvement in Viet Nam, the Cold War, Agent Orange, and Wonder Bread needed to be dismantled. Young people discovered their voices as they questioned authority in the form of dissent, protest, and in … [Read more...]

Can Two-Dimensional Non-Community Be Church?

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In a world where many large Protestant churches livestream their services online, where both Catholic and Evangelicals/Charismatics have their own basic cable networks, why show up in person at a local church when you can watch a much slicker version of church on your computer or TV? Why show up at a local church when the "quality" of the worship service may seem like a low-budget version of old school TV talent show Ted Mack's Amateur Hour and the group dynamics scream middle school instead of … [Read more...]

Unintended Consequences of the Jesus Movement: Our Swag

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If you're a Jesus Person of a certain age and had a subversive streak, you probably remember the old Wittenburg Door magazine.* If you don't, here's a link to a 1986 Sun-Sentinel article about the Door that snapshots its role and voice, back in the day. The magazine simultaneously skewered the worst of Christian subculture, had great book and movie reviews, and offered some meaty articles by writers like the late Mike Yaconelli, Sheldon Vanauken and Tony Campolo and Tom Sine. It also included … [Read more...]


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