806 results for author: Brad Jersak


The Bible Clearly Says – by Rob Grayson

Over the past year or so, Facebook has become a place of wide-ranging theological discussion for me. Of course, as a medium for serious, in-depth discussion, it has its disadvantages and limitations; but thanks to others of like mind, I’ve found it to be predominantly a source of life and stimulation.  Being active in theological debate on Facebook has taught me a lot, especially about things like taking time to think before speaking, giving others the benefit of the doubt and working hard to communicate clearly and unambiguously. It’s also brought to my attention certain recurring arguments that many Christians regularly trot out in ...

MLK’s Last Sermon

Martin Luther King Jr, last sermon - under 3 minute video

Q&R with Brad Jersak – Who is Paul’s “antiChrist” in 2 Thessalonians?

Fresco showing the Antichrist directed by Satan by Luca Signorelli in the San Brizio Chapel (Capella della Madonna di San Brizio) in the Orvieto Cathedral. c. 1505. Question I left dispensational eschatology a long time ago but it seems to be on the rise again. What do you think this passage in 2 Thessalonians is referring to? 2 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by ...

Hallelujah! Greetings from Greg Albrecht

In these dark, depressing and contentious days, here’s a wonderful video I was sent by a friend.  It’s a brief rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus shot in the over 600 year-old Basilica of Santa Maria Del Mar In Barcelona.  With social distancing guidelines in place holographic images technologically create a feeling unlike one in which a massive in-person choir might.  Anyway, thought I would forward it to you all.  All the best, Greg Albrecht https://youtu.be/9jynUQjIXxM

Spiritual Growing Pains – Brad Jersak

I have this painful memory circa 1975 when, as a middle school adolescent, I was sidelined from a series of exciting outings (including my annual Halloween junk food haul) due to excruciating leg pain associated with growing. And skinny though I was, my growth spurt even featured stretch marks at the top of my thighs. But it was the deep and untreatable ache that haunts me most. In my book, A More Christlike Way, I spend a chapter exploring alternative metaphors to the trendy word, "deconstruction." I looked at art restoration, home renovation, extreme makeovers and, my favorite, dry-cleaning my daughter-in-law's vintage wedding dress. A summary of ...

Q&R: “If hell is not eternal conscious torment, why share the gospel?” Brad Jersak

Question: If hell is not eternal conscious torment, why share the Gospel? Response:  This reader rightly perceives that I would balk at the idea of hell as eternal conscious torment in a lake of fire. That a good and loving God could somehow inflict his children with everlasting torture in a fiery furnace would render the words 'good' or 'loving' utterly meaningless and call into question how his character is any better than that of Satan. The good news (or gospel) is that in his love, God sent his Son as Savior of the world. He is the means by which God conquers "the wages of sin" (death) and flings wide the gates of ...

Q&R Propitiation, Expiation or Mercy Seat? Brad Jersak

Question Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge and experiences of Jesus, his Father and the Holy Spirit. I also appreciate being able to contact with a question regarding the word "propitiation" in Romans 3:25 ("whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood") in the context of a non-violent God. How should we understand that term? Response What an important question, especially when readers are often at the mercy of the theology of translators, which is why we compare translations and check in with those who have more time to dig a little deeper. 1. The Greek word you see translated as propitia...

Franchised Religion – Jim Fowler

A parody is a comic caricature, a ludicrous likeness, an absurd analogy, a ridiculous representation which exposes a particular reality by comparing it to another of a different order. Parodies can be a very useful verbal or literary tool to expose the “red herrings” of diversions which distract attention from real issues; to expose “hobby horses” whereby men keep reverting back to repetitive over-emphasis without critical thought; to expose inane traditions which become familiar ruts wherein we fail to recognize the absence d’esprit. By the use of parody one can be direct yet subtle at the same time.  I had always dreamed of owning a ...

Q & R: Reading Romans without courtroom lenses – Brad Jersak

Question I’ve been reading through Romans and am just having a hard time *not* seeing consistent affirmations of PSA (penal substitutionary atonement) and the forensic view of “justification” and “righteousness.” But I’m aware that this is because of my background, and I’m trying to unlearn it. I know that you’re able to read Romans in a completely different way and I’d like to learn how to do that. I’m aware of some concepts, like N.T. Wright's "New Perspective," but have a hard time seeing them as I actually handle the text. So I was wondering if you have recommendations that would help me handle Romans differently? Response...

Q&R re: A More Christlike God – Brad Jersak

Question 1 I just finished A More Christlike God and was hoping you could answer some follow-up questions. In the “restorative” version of the chairs gospel (chapter 14), it struck me how you used Moses as an example of how God never turns from us. But in doing so, you glossed over the 10 plagues that did so much harm to Egypt in order for God’s people to be set free. This just feels like a “God has favorites” thing to me, so I’m curious what your thoughts are on why the harm had to be done to Egypt for Moses and his people to be freed?  Response ​Yes, the plagues, and especially the 10th plague that wiped out ...

Silent Night and Christmas Blessings – with love from all of us at PTM/CWR


Q&R: What does “prepared for destruction” mean? (Romans 9:22) – Brad Jersak

Question: Romans 9:22 "What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction?"  What is the tone/intent of the phrase "prepared for destruction"? Response: I don't believe we can understand this phrase in isolation from the pastoral concern, rhetorical question and assuring response in which it is embedded. That is, we need to read it in the context of Romans 9-11 after 8 chapters arguing Gentile inclusion by faith in Jesus Christ. In what follows, I am drawing from David Bentley Hart's interpretation in his short, ...