October 8, 2019

I want to use the Bladerunner movies [WARNING: Spoilers ahead] to help explain the concept of Literary Theory. “Literary Theory” is a term which explains the particular way we each choose to interpret narratives, i.e. HOW we ourselves draw meaning from written or visual  language. Some literary theories claim language serves us as WE choose. (Romantic Humanism). Slogan: “the human AUTHOR rules!” Other literary theories say WE serve language as IT chooses. (Structuralism). Slogan: “the LETTER (language) rules!” However, the… Read more

October 5, 2019

After reading several recent articles about “the wrath of God,” it has suddenly hit me why there is so much confusion about this controversial topic. We need a PLAYBILL, a theatre program, listing all the players which operate in any given event which is perceived as “the wrath of God.” In other words, in any supposed wrathful event, what is God’s role? Our role? Satan’s role (whether you consider him a dark cosmic dynamic or a dark angelic power)? Exactly… Read more

September 28, 2019

The real Armageddon is the final battle for the image of God which is taking place on the Megiddo plains of our minds and hearts. Don’t ever give in or give up. God is good– only good, always good, only light and in Him no darkness— at all. He gives only good gifts to His children and in Him is no shadow of turning. He is the Father of lights, love, and lightness of being. The purpose of this discussion… Read more

September 19, 2019

Jesus Christ is God’s emphatic disallowance of all evil. How that disallowance “unfurls” itself over time and space is the real issue. “Unfurling” is an underused word worthy of some serious metaphorical meditation. Obviously, that term brings to mind flags and banners being “unfurled” from a folded or rolled-up position so that they may be hoisted and fully displayed overhead. But the “unfurling” concept is also used in nature. The Koru is the Maori word that relates to the “unfurling”… Read more

September 14, 2019

Here is a strange fact. The word “justice” appears nowhere in the King James New Testament, despite the fact that the word is used many times in the Old Testament. While other translations occasionally translate the Greek word “dikaisyne” as “justice,” the standard translation of “dikaisyne” is “righteousness.” Today, many demand justice from the hands of God. They want their enemies to pay for the wrong they have done. They somehow deny that what they really want is “vengeance.” They… Read more

September 7, 2019

What is the one thing Jesus says to never forget? Or, perhaps better, the one thing to always remember. In Mark 6:52, the disciples were said to have “hardened hearts” because they failed to remember something, failed to consider something—– something crucial, something incredible, something powerful. What was the “forgotten” element which hardened them to the supernatural power of a supernatural God? It was THE MIRACLES OF THE LOAVES! But why? Why is remembering these particular miracles so critical, so… Read more

August 30, 2019

Want to know what the REAL “rock” on which Jesus declared He would build His “Hell-defeating” church? It may NOT be what you have been previously taught. It’s NOT Peter. It’s NOT Peter’s confession. It’s not Catholicism, Protestantism, or any other “ism.” It IS the fact that Peter HEARD direct “unmediated” revelation about Jesus FROM the Heavenly Father. Jesus rejoiced that Peter recognized and believed in Him APART from any “flesh and blood” opinion of man– any man, every man, even… Read more

August 24, 2019

Karl Barth once said that he loved the Old Testament too much to read it JUST literally. I feel the same way. It IS to be read — carefully, spiritually, joyfully, allegorically, and sometimes but NOT always literally. When do we not read it literally? Simple, whenever it literally attributes evil or wickedness to God, we KNOW that passage must be reinterpreted allegorically or figuratively. The greatest theologians of the early church agreed. The early church fathers were so rich… Read more

August 18, 2019

The book of Revelation is full of oxymorons. “The wrath of the Lamb” is an oxymoron (6:16). Lambs don’t have wrath. These images conceptually clash. “The wine of the wrath of God” is an oxymoron (14:10). Wine is a symbol of celebration, not wrath. The “Lake of Fire” (Revelation 19:20). How can water and fire occupy the same space? Again, these images simply do not blend. Let’s consider some other oxymoronic imagery which pervades Revelation. Jesus is initially called the… 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

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