Lecture series: “Who was Jesus, and what does that mean for me?”

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?”

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Knowing Jesus: Jesus got angry

When we think of Jesus, we think of someone who was meek and mild. Drawings of Jesus almost always show him with a tranquil, calm, almost placid expression. We see him as being infinitely patient, perpetually kind, always speaking graciously. We don't spend much time talking about the angry Jesus. The Jesus who didn't speak … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: Jesus got angry

Knowing Jesus: Jesus depended on scriptures

One of the most significant things that we know about Jesus is seen in the only story we have of his childhood. Jesus' parents discover that he is missing from the family caravan leaving Jerusalem, and eventually he's found in the temple (Luke 2:46-47), "sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: Jesus depended on scriptures

Is “the God that I know” really God?

"The God that I know would never disapprove of that." "The God that I know won't accept attitudes like yours." "The God that I know would condemn that." "The God that I know doesn't judge me, he forgives me." Have you ever heard statements like that? Does it ever strike you that a lot of … Continue reading Is “the God that I know” really God?

Did Jesus really hate religion?

I want to address what many believe is the most diabolical, despicable, hateful word we can possibly use in 21st Century Christianity: Religion. Seems that way sometimes, doesn't it? Anyway, to do that, I'm trying something a little different. Since my thoughts on this were a little more in-depth (or in preacher-speak, I "ran long"), I … Continue reading Did Jesus really hate religion?