Growing up, I was taught that Jesus had died for my sins so I could go to heaven when I died. As for what to do once you believed and were assured your spot on the other side of the pearly gates? Well, that was a bit more hazy beyond reading the Bible and praying … Continue reading #13 – The Crucified God by Jurgen Moltmann (My 100 Favorite Books)
As I read Boyd's long book Crucifixion of the Warrior God, I am reminded of a common debate and inconsistency in Christian circles. Some Christians will argue for a literal interpretation of every passage of scripture. They argue for this when it comes to social issues like gay marriage and anyone who questions them is … Continue reading Why Do We Resist Jesus’ Teaching?(Crucifixion of the Warrior God ch.3)
We all have notions of what God is like. These ideas and images are built from all sorts of sources - stories, pop culture, holy scriptures, teachers, friends. I imagine even atheists have some picture in their minds of what the God they do not believe in is like. In many cases, it is just … Continue reading What God is Like (Crucifixion of the Warrior God chs. 1-2)
Isaiah 50:4-9, one of the readings for Holy Wednesday: The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. 5 The Sovereign Lord has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. 6 I … Continue reading Its Holy Week! A few links on Jesus and the Bible for your enjoyment.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus of Nazareth died on a cross. Ever since then, those who consider themselves his disciples have been putting forth various interpretations for what Jesus' death means for humanity. Unlike such subjects as the Trinity and the dual-nature of Jesus, what happened on the cross was never included as part of … Continue reading Saved from Sacrifice – Review
One of my favorite books in recent years is The Hole in Our Gospel by the president of World Vision, Rich Stearns. The hole in the gospel is the failure to care for the poor and needy. I think we have another hole in our gospel. I see this in conversations and in comments and … Continue reading Another Hole in Our Gospel? (Or, does it matter to your “gospel” that Jesus rose from the dead?)