May 17, 2024

Saying 110 Jesus said, “The one who had found the world and become rich should renounce the world.” In this saying, as in saying 56, the world is worthless. In saying 56 it is compared to a corpse, and here it is not worth holding

May 14, 2024

Seven years ago, I walked into a room with a guy I barely knew and another guy [whose book I had recently warned people not to purchase] to record a podcast. It was only intended to be a 3-part series on Penal Substitutionary Atonement Theory where each of us would post one of the three parts on our personal blogs and link back to one another for shared traffic. But that recording was so much fun that we decided to... Read more

May 12, 2024

Saying 109 Jesus said, “The kingdom is like a man who had in his field a hidden treasure, of which he knew nothing. And after he died, he left it to his son. The son also did not know; he took the field and sold

May 8, 2024

Earlier this week, I wrote and posted an article here to share the story of how one El Paso woman’s personal data was mishandled by a local pastor who disclosed intimate details of her private text messages and exposed her identity to everyone in her church and anyone who listened to the online sermon which was posted to their church website. As an update, that sermon has been taken down, and the pastor has apologized by posting an audio clip... Read more

May 6, 2024

NOTE: Names were changed in this story to protect the identity of those involved. UPDATE: See response from “He Gets Us” at the bottom of this article for updates as of 5/7/2024. Imagine, you’ve had a bad week and you’re scrolling down your Instagram feed when you see an ad for “He Gets Us” – that Super Bowl Commercial where people show love and compassion to people in need. It moves you. At the end, there’s a link where you... Read more

May 3, 2024

Saying 108 Jesus said, “He who drinks from my mouth will become like me, and I will become like him, and the hidden things will be revealed to him.” Drinking from the mouth of Jesus is to be understood as a metaphor for internalizing the

April 26, 2024

Saying 107 Jesus said, “The kingdom is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep; one of them, the biggest, went astray; he left the ninety-nine and sought after the one until he found it. After he had labored, he said to the sheep, ‘I

April 25, 2024

  For many of us, our ideas about Jesus have shifted since the early days of our Christian faith. I started out talking to God as a young boy in Elementary school without knowing anything about the Bible or Jesus. Later on, I was told that God’s son was Jesus and that Jesus loved me and died for me. So, I started looping Jesus into those late night conversations with his Dad. Soon, I was singing songs about worshipping Jesus... Read more

April 23, 2024

The Gospel of Thomas isn’t what most people think it is. First of all, it’s not a Gnostic text. Meaning, it doesn’t contain teachings about a Demiurge that created our world or stories about how the physical body is evil and the spiritual world is holy. Those teachings come from Sethian Gnosticism and none of that appears in the pages of the Gospel of Thomas. Thomas’s Gospel is also not a Gospel, technically. Meaning, it doesn’t contain any stories of... Read more

April 19, 2024

Saying 106 Jesus said, “When you make the two one, you will become sons of man, and when you say, ‘Mountain, move away,’ it will move away.” In saying 22 above, Jesus uses the phrase “when you make the two one” to emphasize the reality

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