The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus

Reading the Bible as a lifelong Christian means it is easy to accept certain things about the story rather uncritically.  While we recognize that Jesus was Jewish, we tend to contrast Jesus with most other Jews of his day.  We also tend to assume a straight line from the Old Testament Law to the Jews…

History is Messy – Which is Why it is Awesome

I love reading history.  This post is inspired by a book I read about early Christian history.  Early Christian history makes the news every now and then, often when a book (like The Da Vinci Code) tells of conspiracy theories and a real Jesus much different then the biblical one.  The real history is fascinating.…

Djesus Uncrossed: To Be Offended or Challenged?

This is over a week old, but the SNL's fake movie trailer Djesus Uncrossed has caused quite a hubbub. Many were offended by this, but should they be?  After all, this is basically what many American evangelical Christians think really is going to happen.  Whether it is the Left Behind series or popular end-times belief,…

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 14)

Day 14 –Joseph's Story - Matthew 1:18-25 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did…