Prince of Peace

text of Isaiah 9:6b

A Japanese lady I met in Seattle had, 50 years ago as a very young woman in Japan, started reading the Bible on her own. But she had no one to discuss it with. Experiencing many family difficulties, she asked the Buddhist priest how to find peace. He basically explained karma: do good and good will come; do bad and…

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Can the Atonement Be “Reimagined”?

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“The Church’s fixation on the death of Jesus as the universal saving act must end, and the place of the cross must be reimagined in Christian faith. Why? Because of the cult of suffering and the vindictive God behind it.” (Alan Jones, Reimagining Christianity, p. 132) Some Christian writers minimize the atonement; others have given the word a new definition.…

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“Incarnate Yourself”

jesus sihouette with label "Justin of Nashville"

“Incarnate yourself.” That’s the absolute worst wording I’ve seen in articles about “incarnational” ministry! More typically it’s “we must incarnate Christ.” Still . . . must we incarnate (become flesh as) Christ? Is that even possible? The incarnation was a one-time event in history: God incarnated (became flesh as) Jesus of Nazareth. God does not incarnate Justin of Nashville. Nor…

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The Blood of the Lamb

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The Parliament of the World’s Religions meets every year. One of the speakers in 2015, Diana Butler Bass, has written a book, Christianity After Religion. The cover advertises “a renewed faith that stays true to the real message of Jesus.” Inside, the book refers to past “awakenings” and then says that “this [next] awakening is different,” that it’s “not about…

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Jesus vs. the Dragon

dragon

The “dragon” of Revelation 12:17 wages war against whom? “Those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” (John 14:15) The enemy knows that—and that “those who hear the word of God and obey it” are blessed. (Luke 11:28) So the enemy will aim to…

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