Is the fantastic claim Jesus made about Heaven true?

It’s funny how we usually think of heaven as being in a faraway place, one we can’t reach until after our death. But Jesus left a clue that may indicate heaven is a lot closer than we imagine. If you were brought up in a Christian household like me, from a young age you heard [Read More…]

Will you meet the 3 criteria to get into Heaven?

Do you consider yourself a Christian? Do you hope to get into heaven one day? I’ve been reading a new translation of the Gospel of Mark and one fact really stands out: the doorway into heaven is pretty narrow. You may know the passage from the Gospel of Matthew that states when it comes to [Read More…]

Marriage Advice from an Unlikely Source: Jesus.

If you’re like me, a lapsed church-goer who still considers themselves spiritual in nature, you may have come to the same conclusion I have: It’s hard to find many insights of real value in the Bible. I’ve written before how many of the lessons Jesus teaches leave me scratching my head, for instance the parable of [Read More…]

A Christmas Eve Tradition: Lighting Up the Plastic Baby Jesus.

Do you have a family ritual you engage in each Christmas? In The Soul of Christmas, Thomas Moore mentions how each year he takes on the task of stringing up Christmas lights both inside and outside his home. He sees it as a way to “shed light on the world and dispel a little darkness.” [Read More…]

Rewriting Jesus: A New Take on the Gospel of Matthew.

Earlier this year, Thomas Moore published The Book of Matthew: A New Translation with Commentary in which, as the title indicates, he reinterpreted one of the four Gospels. His aim was to make Matthew more accessible to the modern reader, improving “the flow” and using new words for a few key terms that he believed [Read More…]

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10 surprising truths about Jesus.

Jesus is a complex mix of mystery, miracle, and myth. Let’s step away from Sunday school for a minute and explore who he really was and is. [Read more…]

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“Jesus is just like you and me”: the radical message of R. W. Emerson.

Imagine graduating from one of the top religious schools in the country, entering the ministry, and after a few years deciding the job isn’t right for you. You find yourself troubled by public prayer, the act of communion, and most of all by the formality and stiffness of the church service itself. Well, if you’re [Read More…]

10 truths about Jesus that may surprise you.

About once a year, I’ll pick up a book about Jesus in search of fresh insights on the man and his mission. My personal preference is that these books not be tied to any specific dogma or religion, but that they explore the many mysteries and myths that surround Jesus and his life. And I [Read More…]

Were Jesus and Mary Magdalene a couple?

I’ve been reading a book titled Jesus Behaving Badly, and it reminds us that the Jesus of the New Testament exhibited more than a few human traits. Author Mark L. Strauss calls them “the puzzling paradoxes” and they include Jesus losing his temper (Matthew 23:33), Jesus railing against families (Mark 10:29-30) and Jesus being vengeful [Read More…]

The puzzling Jesus parable—and a minster’s perfect response.

It was a few hours after my daughter was born, and I was sitting in chair in a small local hospital, as my wife and newborn child slept peacefully nearby. On the nightstand next to me, I noticed a copy of The Holy Bible, Contemporary English Version and picked it up. It was the first [Read More…]