751 results for author: Brad Jersak


Grant Corriveau: An Uplifting Pilot

https://vimeo.com/377392562 Congratulations to CWR's friend and author, Grant Corriveau. After publishing Uplift: A Pilot's Journey with CWR Press last year, Grant has followed up with a self-published sequel, Airline Pilot: A Day in the Life. Grant's memoirs are highly readable, frequently funny and sometimes hair-raising. If you'd like to experience a slice of life behind the pilot's door of an airliner, check him out. Both books are now available on Amazon.com in paperback or Kindle formats: CLICK HERE to visit the page and order a copy. Pilot's Endorsement: Captain Corriveau has written a humorous and entertaining account ...

Our Final Authority: Bible or Jesus? Brad Jersak

Our final authority It was one of my classic last-minute cancellations. A church whose pastor and elders had invited me to speak on prayer found themselves awkwardly withdrawing their invitation. The pastor had moved on and the interim minister had done some digging. He was offended that my church (Fresh Wind at the time) had nothing in our statement(s) of faith about the Bible. That was because our doctrinal statements were the Nicene Creed and the Apostles' Creed. I told him that I was not comfortable with creating statements of faith or redacting the great creeds. In the end, what he explicitly demanded was this confession, similar to many confes...

Burned out on religion? Irene Frances

MANY YEARS AGO I came across a print of Jesus, a painting by Twentieth Century artist, Richard Hook. What captured my attention was how the eyes of Jesus followed me around the room, gazing upon me regardless of where I sat. I saw in that image the love of God, the gentleness of Jesus and his invitation for us to “Come, follow me.” Somebody once told me my faith in God is too simplistic, that there is more to him than simply accepting Jesus as Saviour and seeking to live for him. In a sense that is very true, but in another way it is not. I am deeply concerned at how the Church makes it so difficult for the average person to understand ...

The Logic (and limits) of “Christus Victor” – Brad Jersak

The Logic of Penal Substitution As a young, gungho Calvinist in the 1980s, I composed a 180+ page M.A. thesis / apologetic for penal substitutionary atonement, titled "The Nature of Christ's Suffering and Substitution." In retrospect, I'm embarrassed by my anachronistic reading of the early church, my inability to distinguish the difference between "exchange" and "substitution," and my assumptions about the necessity of wrath-appeasement. If that's all gobbledygook to you, the reader, no worries. We'll get to the good stuff momentarily. I will say in my defense that at least I knew the Cross was central to Christian faith, whatever it might mean. D...

CWR video – “Christ: The Lion and the Lamb” – Brad Jersak


Q & R with Brad Jersak – Were Adam & Even perfect people living in a perfect paradise?

Question      I have a question regarding the literality of Scripture, particularly concerning Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden story. Like most stories from Genesis, I have generally been open to a metaphorical or symbolic—rather than literal—reading of this account. However, one particular facet of non-literal readings does trouble me somewhat. Namely, whether or not creation originally existed in a state of perfection, until it was sullied. If the story is literal, then this is certainly the case. However, if this story is to be taken symbolically, does this still allow for room to say God made the world in a state of perfection until it ...

Review of Brad Jersak’s “A More Christlike Way” – by Rob Grayson

I’ve been dabbling in amateur theology for a few years now. One of the main reasons I find theology a worthwhile pursuit – beyond the pure intellectual joy of contemplating and wrestling with some of life’s biggest questions – is that our theology inescapably affects how we inhabit and move through the world. Our actions mostly flow out of our attitudes, which in turn are strongly influenced by what we believe about ultimate reality – which, after all, is what theology is all about. My own theological journey has been one of significant change over the past decade or so. My perspective on key issues like the character of God, the nature of ...

“Be Perfect”? A Fragile Faithfulness, Fraught & Freighted Brad Jersak

Question:  In light of Christ’s revelation of God’s saving grace, how are we to understand his statement, “Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect”? (Matthew 5:48) Response:  Imagine trying to be the perfect human! Imagine striving to be perfect like Jesus was perfect! Imagine trying to be as perfect as God himself! If we were to take Jesus literally there, we’d either be deluded in our perfectionism or exhausted all the time. It’s just not possible and even seems completely pointless.  Religious or moral perfectionism makes for a fragile faithfulness … fraught with peril and freighted with crushing ...

Christ or Crake? Mortality is the Fear of Death – Brad Jersak

In Oryx and Crake, the first novel of Margaret Atwood's dystopic Maddaddam trilogy, a character nicknamed Crake argues that mortality is not merely death, but also the anxiety-inducing and violence-producing foreknowledge and fear of death. Crake's solution to mortality is profoundly catastrophic, but his diagnosis is in some ways, spot on. Two great thinkers who've shed important light on the phenomenon of "death-anxiety" are Ernest Becker, in his 1973 work, The Denial of Death, and more recently, Richard Beck in The Slavery of Death. Both writers think about the ways we live in denial of death and how this creates deep-seated neurotic ...

Q & R: Beloved Children or Worthless Slaves? Brad Jersak

Question I am discovering that God is a loving Father and I'm experiencing the joy of knowing I'm his dearly loved child. I am basking in his goodness and mercy, I'm rediscovering my true identity in Christ and I'm finding real belonging in his family and at his table. I'm also taking Jesus more seriously than ever. But some of his teachings are difficult. For example, how should we read Luke 7:7-10? Doesn't this completely undermine the way Jesus sees us? 7 “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Won’t he ...

Les Miserables – “God Delights to Display His Mercy”

Mike Owens, a friend of Plain Truth Ministries, reminds us of this powerful scene from the 1978 cinematic version of Les Miserables. He reflects, This scene is a microcosm of Post Resurrection Amazement, the same wonder Paul the Apostle experienced on the Damascus road. The same amazement the centurion experienced at the crucifixion when he exclaimed, "Truly this was the Son of God." It was what Zacchaeus felt when Jesus entered his home and became his friend. The same awe overcame Thomas when Jesus invited him to touch His wounds. Human hearts are not transformed by punishment or rebuke but by understanding, mercy and love. Behavior modifica...

Q & R: A Question about “Ultimate Redemption”

“Can’t everyone respond to God, even if it’s in the next life? QUESTION: Why can’t everyone come to know God’s grace and mercy, even if it means doing that in the next life? God is much more powerful, loving, understanding and his ways of making that happen are past our finding out. RESPONSE: I do share your hope that, in view of God’s infinite power and love, Christ might also ultimately redeem everyone, including those the world judges as irredeemable. As my friend Robin Parry has said, “God can save everyone (because he’s all-powerful) and God wants to save everyone (because he’s all-loving)—so he will!” And ...