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 was religious

Knowing Jesus: Jesus was religious

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."

Knowing Jesus: Jesus prayed like someone was listening

Knowing Jesus: Jesus prayed like someone was listening

The phrase "prayer warrior" has come into wide use in the religious world in past years, and while I've never really been that crazy about the term myself, it clearly resonates with people. It's a phrase that seems to me to describe someone who prays regularly and with purpose, convinced that a petition to God will truly bring results. It … Continue reading Knowing Jesus: Jesus prayed like someone was listening

God requires that you show your work

Most of us at some point in our lives have sat in math class, staring at a sheet of paper containing all kinds of equations, some of which quite literally looked like Greek to us! We spotted one of the problems, and we just happen to remember that the teacher worked it out on the board a … Continue reading God requires that you show your work

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?