Jesus is a historical (despite the protests of some) and spiritual figure who has divided people for centuries since his brief period of public ministry. It seems safe to say that no one has ever impacted the world in such a short time. No one could, except for one who came as the son of … Continue reading Lecture series: “Who was Jesus, and what does that mean for me?”
In the sixth chapter of John, the apostles describes what I think was a turning point in the work of Jesus on this earth. He was possibly at his height of popularity, working in around the Sea of Galilee, having just demonstrated his power in amazing fashion, feeding 5,000 men with only five loaves and two fish. … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: Jesus got discouraged
Jesus' mission on this earth was of a spiritual nature. He came to establish a kingdom that would bring Jew and Gentile together in one body — his own. He lived his life with a singular focus matched by few, if any. As we've already discussed, he came to "seek and save the lost" (Luke 19:10). … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: Jesus was compassionate
There is a trend among progressive Christianity to decry religion as a general concept, and religious people specifically. In most cases, I'm not convinced that the aim is to promote the abandonment of organized faiths or to condone hedonistic and worldly lifestyles. But on the other hand, disavowing religion (and whatever the hearer might associate with it) makes it a lot easier to talk to people without being seen as "one of those horrible religious nuts."
You may feel that your side has been unfairly singled out. Everyone's blaming you and "people like you" for all this trouble. You see both sides of the aisle acting like spoiled children, and you don't understand why all the self-appointed parents seem to be pointing their finger at you, and not at the brother or sister that clearly started this whole mess. You and I need to get over it.