Beyond Belief by David Wilcox

A progressive Christian song. HT Sara Kay on Facebook. [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…]

The Jesus COMPASS

Paul Regnier shared a handy acronym he uses to help students remember the range of considerations that might be relevant to Christians seeking to reflect on ethical issues from a Christian perspective.   The acronym stands for: Jesus – Are any of Jesus’ sayings or actions relevant to the question? Church – What are the [Read More…]

What If Jesus Was Real?

“What if Jesus was Real?” is the title of Joel Watts’ new article in the Huffington Post. Here’s the conclusion: The real Jesus was a Jew, one nearly unrecoverable in the present — but this doesn’t mean he didn’t exist. It just means we have to live constantly with the doubt we may never really [Read More…]

Richard Rohr on Christian Morality

In recent years and elections one would have thought that homosexuality and abortion were the new litmus tests of authentic Christianity. Where did this come from? They never were the criteria of proper membership for the first 2000 years, but reflect very recent culture wars instead. And largely from people who think of themselves as [Read More…]

Tolerate One Another

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Who Was Jesus to George Caird in 1977?

Thanks to Mark Goodacre and Matthew Montonini for sharing the above video, featuring New Testament scholar George Caird and also David Flusser being interviewed for the 1977 documentary, “Who Was Jesus?” [Read more…]

Providing Help Where Needed

This cartoon reached me via Jim West. It made me laugh, but also caused me to ponder the tendency many of us have to judge those who do not articulate themselves in as polished or grammatically correct a fashion as one might ideally hope. We don't know how much Jesus had learned of reading and [Read More…]

Jesus and the Bible

This is the latest cartoon from David Hayward: The first point is explicitly stated within the Bible itself: John 21:25. The second is clearly evidenced for careful readers of the Bible. Each Gospel has distinctive stylistic features, and contains material attributed to Jesus which is not found elsewhere and matches the author’s style and emphases. [Read More…]

The Context of the Context of Jesus’ Words

It is not infrequent to hear self-centered pseudo-Christians justifying their lack of concern for the poor by appealing to Jesus’ statement, “The poor you shall always have with you.” The full statement, as those concerned about context know and emphasize, is “The poor you shall always have with you,  and you can help them anytime [Read More…]