“The notion of a divinely ordained place of punishment for the wicked after death is deeply embedded in the Christian imagination. How should we think and talk about hell?” A common assumption of life and the universe is that after death every person will face this Y in the road. According to evangelical christianity, those… Continue reading The “Y” in the Road
The other day at the end of a Renovatus podcast, I heard this open invitation to the eucharist/communion table. It struck me as sacred, beautiful, and embracing. I wanted to remember it and to share it, so I am posting it here. This is the Table, not of the church, but of the Lord. It… Continue reading The Invitation
“Shame is that secret belief that you are unfit, unworthy, even rotten.” Ze Frank Shame hinders us in very common ways, such as feelings and thoughts of fear, rejection, unworthiness, not belonging, and self-hatred. People go through life afraid that it is true that they are somehow inferior and unworthy, and desperately afraid that other… Continue reading Unfit, Unworthy, Even Rotten
Salvation perspectives that infer a contingent transaction are overwhelmingly common with the evangelical gospel message. In this post, I want to discuss the possibility that we can express the gospel in ways that override this default perspective. The reason for Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf was because we were helpless to reconcile ourselves to God.… Continue reading Our Response to God’s Decisive Act
The message of exclusion is a fundamental problem for christianity and the church today. While there are abundant examples of the message of exclusion, the Chik-Fil-A episode is an obvious recent example. Regardless of the first amendment issues involved, this was an epic failure in communicating the message of Christ for the christians who were… Continue reading The Gospel of Exclusion
It is almost impossible for anyone today to hear that question without automatically forming a determination of inclusion or exclusion. Are you “saved” or are you “lost”? Are you a church-goer or a heathen? Are you going to heaven or going to hell? Are you good or are you bad? Regardless of background, there is… Continue reading Are You Saved?
Almost a year ago, Kansas Bob and I had an interesting conversation on his post, Are all humans immortal? This topic has come up again recently in several conversations, so I thought that I would share our earlier discussion and ask you to share your thoughts and perspective. Kansas Bob: Most people believe that all… Continue reading Immortality