August 18, 2019

The purpose of this discussion is not to explain ALL the mysteries of the book of Revelation. Rather, I want to highlight the key dynamics of how to read, interpret and understand the book in light of what we now know about God’s goodness. How, for instance, are we to interpret such passages as this one: “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from THE WRATH OF THE LAMB” -… Read more

August 9, 2019

IN: Incarnation & Inclusion, Abba & Lamb. In Brad Jersak’s new book, we find out that the God revealed by Jesus is “all in” on all of us being “all in” with Him. As Jersak’s wife, Eden, notes in her eloquent introduction, their marriage has been one of ever expanding awareness that God’s visionary will-to-include is far broader than is our humanly myopic will-to-exclude. Living off the errant Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil puts functional “blinders” over… Read more

August 7, 2019

“Vengeance is mine says the Lord, I will repay.” So many quote this passage in cruel, hard and woeful tones,  but ALWAYS omit the next verse so that the full contextual flavor of the passage is never conveyed. “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord. To the contrary, if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something… Read more

July 30, 2019

Today, many people disagree on how guilty criminals should be treated. Is the purpose of punishment, the argument goes, to rehabilitate the criminal by reforming his character? Or, rather, is the purpose of punishment to inflict eye-for-an-eye retaliation on the wrongdoer? Put another way, is our motive for punishment revenge or rescue? This same analysis can be applied to God’s purpose for Hell. Is God’s motive in allowing sinners to go to Hell a form of “revenge” upon the sinner,… Read more

July 25, 2019

Many claim “yes,” he clearly did in the following passage: in Luke 22:36, Jesus tells us “he that has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.” Based on this passage, wars have been started in Jesus’ name, blood has been shed in Jesus’ name, and killing has been done in Jesus’ name. When challenged on this point, “sword-bearers” will typically point to Matthew 10:34 for further support, citing it for the proposition that Jesus told us He… Read more

July 20, 2019

The other day I had four amazing encounters. The first was with a homeless man who often hangs outside near our local courthouse steps. He always carries his numerous duffel bags with him. They are all stuffed either with clothes or mail. On this day, I encountered him in the men’s room where he was washing and cooling his face from the blistering hot July day. He saw me (in my suit and with my briefcase) and asked if I… Read more

July 18, 2019

While I hope that what I write will encourage you, I have to warn you my theology is eclectic to say the least. I am the first to admit I am probably: —too progressive for charismatics —too charismatic for progressives —too controversial for the Golden Agers —too orthodox for the New Agers — too Bible stretching for fundamentalists —too Bible loving for postmoderns —too Patristic for modern minds —too evolving for traditional minds —too allegorical with the Old Testament —too… Read more

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