738 results for author: Brad Jersak


Unwavering Faith? Greg Albrecht

A friend of mine, enduring some painful struggles, asked me to continue to pray for him.  He was particularly concerned, as he said, that “my faith doesn’t waver.” I started thinking about “unwavering” faith.  Everything human wavers – love, commitment, trust, honesty, fidelity, patience – it all wavers.  Human faith wavers.  We are not the rock – Jesus is.  Jesus is the unmoved mover.  He is always here for and with us.  Jesus never walks away and abandons us.   He is perfectly faithful.    It may well be the most faithful action any ...

C&R with Brad Jersak – A Christlike God or no god at all?

Reader's Comment From E. Stanley Jones (1933), "Christ and human suffering" I was reading this today in the early morn. Thought of you.  E. Stanley Jones (1933), "Christ and human suffering" Response Fascinating! Despite the fact that our Trinitarian confession frequently slips badly into Tritheism (worship of three gods), Christians follow Jesus Christ's claim that we worship the one God of Abraham. In these, we share significant common ground with Judaism and Islam. But when it comes to the Incarnation of God in the flesh of Christ, that seems completely forbidden for them, especially a God who suffers and dies in the flesh! Of ...

Q&R with Brad Jersak – “Christ uniquely revealed God as Abba. Doesn’t the OT also reveal God as Father?”

Question Recently on a podcast, you emphasized how Jesus uniquely revealed God as Abba. I know the Old Testament has multiple references to God as Father so I was wondering made Jesus' revelation of Abba so special? Response Good question! With cudos to Mercy Aiken for alerting me to this (see her explanation below). While rare in the Hebrew Scriptures, the Jewish tradition was not entirely silent on the fatherhood of God. And I'm not claiming that God had not already actually been their Father.  In the Psalms, fatherhood is twice used as an analogy for God’s compassion (Ps. 68:5, 103:13). But it is mainly reserved for the prophe...

CWR video – Angry, Retributive Images of God

Short video on the images of God.

Brad Jersak unveiling a better faith in “A More Christlike Way” – Review by Nathan Forster

Before I start this review, I need to make a confession. I arrogantly thought that this book would just re-hash what I thought I already knew. I came to this book thinking “okay, so I know God is perfectly revealed in Jesus, and so yep, that means that is God is love, and so then a faith modelled on love becomes how we embody our faith into the world- simple! And if this is what Brad is going to say (though only in a longer version) then he’ll be confirming what I generally already know”. Needless to say, the Spirit used this book to gently remind me, once again, that true knowing of Love (i.e. God) is not the type ...

Q&R with Brad Jersak: “Under grace, are we still ‘sinners’? Is confessing sin a denial of grace?”

Question Under grace, are we still 'sinners'? Is confessing sin a denial of grace? What about saying "the Lord's Prayer," which asks God to forgive our sins? Some grace teachers regard the Lord's Prayer as Old Covenant since Jesus taught it before the Cross and at the Cross, all sins were already forgiven. What's your take on this? Responses These questions are loaded with a backstory, for sure. I can hear the wounds of shame in how the words "sin" and "sinner" were used as bludgeons on sensitive hearts. And believe me, I can relate. As long as these are still associated with the old pangs of religious shaming, it will be hard to use ...

Editorial: Greg Albrecht: “Looking to Jesus – We gaze on the Light when shrouded in Darkness”

Greg Albrecht - PTM President Yet again we have been shocked at the perverse darkness of evil evidenced through the tragedies of shootings and terrorism.  Just when we think the valley of the shadow of death could not get any darker it does. We will mourn with those in grief and we dare not stifle their angry cry of lament. Yet again, the Psalmist's cry echoes across the millennia "How long, O Lord!?" Yet again political parties co-opt our grief and loss as a platform to gain supporters for their cause as they point out real or imagined inadequacies of those on the “the other side of the aisle.” Just when we thought politics ...

Q&R with Brad Jersak: Is Isaiah’s “suffering servant” Jesus or the Jewish people?

Isaiah 49:7 Question: Hi Brad, I recently learned of your contributions to a book called Stricken By God?I was researching Isaiah 49:7 due to the Rabbinical claim that the Suffering Servant is not Jesus, but is actually the Jewish people throughout their history of persecutions. This has always been a nagging doubt to me. It doesn't help that Isaiah 49:7 in some translations says "abhorred by the nations" which sounds like the nation of Israel is te servant, but other translations say "abhorred by the nation" which sounds like Jesus inside of Israel. In Stricken By God? Bob Ekblad wrote, "The LXX appears to include Israel with the ...

I stand amazed! Irene Frances

I SOMETIMES BECOME overwhelmed with the grandeur of my God, his awesomeness, majesty, might and power, and how, though Creator King, Maker of the Universe, he still has time for us mere mortals. Shortly after the 2001 terrorist attacks in America, I began my morning community radio program with two songs: Bette Midler’s From a Distance, and The Bachelors’ I Believe. The first describes how God watches over us from a distance, the second that in the storms of life he hears our smallest prayers. Psalm 8’s anthem of adoration to Almighty God captures the paradox that, while launching the sun, moon and stars into space, his thoughts ...

Q&R with Brad Jersak – “How can God both never give up & ‘give us up’?”

QUESTION Hello Brad, I am exploring the PTM website. My heart certainly wants to believe in full what you write, but then I find things that don’t, in my understanding, square up to other parts of the Bible: Can you explain this? You say that "... the whole chapter [Isaiah 59] describes the Trinitarian love of Abba, Christ and the Spirit of Grace, in hot pursuit of children who suffer alienation.”   I know God does indeed do this, for how else was I saved? But on the other hand, how can we reconcile God being in hot pursuit of his children with those verses in Romans that suggest three times that he ‘gave them up’ ...