December 21, 2018

  “If the only way we know Jesus is by reading about him in the Bible, then the Resurrection is unnecessary.” – Gabriel Gordon   I had the most fascinating conversation with my friend Gordon the other day, and he made the comment above, which really struck me in a profound way.   He and I were discussing our relationship with the Bible, the concepts of inerrancy and infallibility and what it means to say that the Scriptures are “Inspired”… Read more

December 17, 2018

  If Jesus was called “Emmanuel” which means “God with us”, and if he promised never to leave us or forsake us, then Christ is with us now.   If Christ is the one in whom we all live, and move, and have our being, then we are all surrounded – every moment of every day – with Christ.   If God is love, then we are always enveloped in this love; night and day, awake or asleep, all day,… Read more

December 17, 2018

One of the more refreshing things about reading David Bentley Hart’s excellent translation of the New Testament is how often his notes reflect an entirely different set of suppositions than most of us have been handed by our pastors and Sunday School teachers over the years. * For example, reading through 1 Corinthians chapter 10 – where Paul uses examples from the Old Testament scriptures to provide examples to the church in Corinth about how they shouldn’t murmur, or gossip,… Read more

December 14, 2018

Sometimes you have to switch tactics to make your point. For the last few years I’ve been trying to help American Christians understand who Jesus is and that He isn’t a Pro-War, American Capitalist. I’m not making much progress, it seems. But then I ran across this article about a new comic book being created called “The Savage Sword of Jesus” and it sounded like what some American Christians believe. [This is not a joke] Here’s a little about the… Read more

December 14, 2018

I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon. Those who embrace the Universalist View of Salvation tend to be more loving and accepting of those who are unlike them. Here’s why I think this happens: Because when you realize that everyone is equally loved by God, and that God is really intending to bring everyone to repentance, and that, one day, every knee will bow and every tongue will gladly confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, well, you kind of relax and enjoy… Read more

December 12, 2018

“For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.”  (1 Cor. 3:21-23) It’s quite curious to me that Paul wraps up his correction to the Corinthians about forming tribal factions against one another – “I follow Paul” and “I follow Peter” versus “I follow Apollos” – by reminding them that “all things are yours” and then he lists Paul, and Peter… Read more

December 7, 2018

  If you listen to any Bible Scholar or Christian teacher long enough and you’ll no doubt hear something – good or bad – about Constantine.   Some think he was God’s gift to the Church – because he helped to end persecution against Christians and gave Christianity legitimacy in the Roman Empire.   Others doubt the sincerity of his conversion experience – because the Jesus in his vision only showed up to bless his battle plans and helped him… Read more

December 5, 2018

Never underestimate the power of sitting in silence. I try to do this at least a few times every week. It helps me to connect with God and gain some much-needed perspective about what really matters in life – and what really doesn’t. The other day, as I sat in silence, this is what I started to be reminded of by the Holy Spirit: *The Kingdom of God is within. *Christ abides in me, and I abide in Christ. *Christ… Read more

December 4, 2018

Reading through David Bentley-Hart’s New Testament translation each night before I go to sleep has been challenging. Mostly because I tend to discover something I haven’t noticed before and it keeps my mind working all night trying to make sense of it. Last night was such a night. Wendy and I read through chapter 11 of the Gospel of John and there was a notation about an alternate way of rendering Jesus’s words about the fate of those who put… Read more

November 29, 2018

  Someone once said that if you want to save something, you first have to destroy it. This was more in the context of art or fashion, mind you, but it does have applications in a few other areas. Like, the Church, for instance.   Church as we know it is really more of a recent development in Western culture. It honestly bears very little resemblance to what the original Christians used to practice about 2,000 years ago in Palestine… Read more

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