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?”
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
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
"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?
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?