771 results for author: Brad Jersak


CWR video – “Why did Jesus die?” – Brad Jersak

Short video by Brad Jersak

Where 2 or 3 Gather – Covidtide Prayers 2/3 “House or Home?” – Brad Jersak

“Yes: where two or three come together in my name, I’ll be there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20 NTE). Can we conceive of a Christ-centered faith in which two or three are gathered as his household?     Context Matters (but application counts) After reading my previous installment in the Covidtide Prayers series, titled "Is Church Canceled? I received a wonderful tidbit of research from my friend, Boyd Barrett, diving more deeply into the immediately and canonical context of our Matthew 18 theme. Here he is:  I read your article about Matthew 18:20. I definitely agree with your practical conclusions for the ...

Where 2 or 3 Gather – Covidtide Prayers 1/3 “Church Is Canceled” (Is it?) – Brad Jersak

“Yes: where two or three come together in my name, I’ll be there in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20 NTE). “Christ said two or three, not two or three hundred.” —Simone Weil Christians: What if... what if the church can no longer meet in buildings, must cancel all its services, and what if even live-streaming fails us. What if the internet crashes and the government bans gatherings bigger than 2 or 3?  Is church canceled? Does ‘church’ even still exist? Jesus: Did I stutter? Can we conceive of a Christ-centered faith in which two or three are gathered in his name? As COVID-19 blitzkriegs the globe, those who still ...

Is the Lord Among Us? Ken Tanner

As Christians, we do not live in denial about the downsides of existence. We do not deny the presence of evil as pestilence, or of evil as a lack of what is good and sustaining for us as creatures, nor do we ever imagine that these depravations are needed by God to bring about the good in us or in creation (please do not listen to teachers who who say such things). So while squarely facing the realties (with the spectrum of emotions different people feel in troubling times, none of them sinful), we once again hear the first words of the Christian story: Do not be afraid! From within the maelstrom, we trust that the saving hand of God remains with us, ...

Is Humanity the Real Plague? (Spoiler—No) – Brad Jersak

Is Humanity the Real Plague? (Spoiler—No)A Response to Kristal Parks and Matthew Fox   I wish to suggest that the Coronavirus and other very threatening viruses (like Ebola and the Swine flu virus) are the Earth’s way of trying to rid herself of the parasite that is killing her… US. These viruses are like canaries in the mineshaft. And perhaps they are more friend than foe.  –Kristal Parks, “Coronavirus from the Earth’s Point of View.” Cited in Daily Meditations with Matthew Fox, March 21. Question: Brad, I wonder what you think about Matthew Fox's response to the Coronavirus in his Daily Meditations? The article is titled "Kali ...

Out of the Tribulation Closet by Laura Urista

When our world seems to be spinning out of control, when fear and panic spread like wildfires, we cling desperately to tangible things that give us a sense of  security. At such times, many hoard emergency supplies, attempting to gain control over their own circumstances. “Out of the Tribulation Closet” by CWRm and Plain Truth managing editor, Laura Urista, offers an encouraging perspective on fear and anxiety. In light of the current “tribulation” (the COVID-19 pandemic), we share this article from our April 2020 CWRm to help readers focus on the eternal security found only in our one True Provider and Healer. ...

The Covid-19 Reset: Dark Clouds, Silver Linings & New Ways of Being – Brad Jersak

Covid-1 I have no medical assessments or advice to share. I do, however, have a few questions for contemplation. While some may be going stir-crazy, others suffer greatly and still others are working hard to flatten the curve. For my part, I will only ask a few questions for contemplation. Without minimizing how harsh this storm is—medically and financially—I’m pondering what social and spiritual fabric we might weave from the silver lining around these dark clouds. RESET QUESTION:WHICH NEW WAYS OF BEING COULD BECOME PERMANENT CORRECTIONS? Covid-19 has generated a wide array of involuntary responses and reactions. These range from panic to ...

“But if there’s no hell…” We don’t deny there’s a hell. Brad Jersak with David Goa

Even after my most recent CWRblog post about hell, titled "What if you're wrong about hell?" I still can't tell you how many people object with a question that begins, "But if there's no hell..." How many times have I responded, "Of course there's a hell! I've been there—seen it with my own eyes, my own heart and my own Bible." The issue is not the existence a hell, but whether we have the eyes to see its true nature. To that end, I raised the topic with my godfather David Goa, who always knows how best to set me straight. The following notes represent my best effort at distilling the essence of our conversation: We don’t ...

CWR Video – Brian Zahnd on the Crucified God

CLICK HERE to view video   Short 7 minute video by Brian Zahnd

Root Fears & Angry-god – Brad Jersak with Dave McFadden

Root Fears & Hot Button Conversations Since the beginning of this calendar year, in literally every conversation I’ve had with Christian leaders and churches, two hot button topics came up, and not at my request. The questions raised were about: * INFERNALISM: the hell of eternal torment, and * INCLUSION: sexuality in Christian communities. Scary stuff, right? Or it used to be. What we had only whispered privately a decade ago, for fear of fomenting division or provoking reprisals, has now grown into open conversations in earnest. But despite this refreshing new boldness to voice our private thoughts, a strain of fear continues from ...

“Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin.” Jesus didn’t say that. Brad Jersak

"Lover the Sinner, Hate the Sin." Jesus didn't say that.

Q&R with Brad Jersak: What if you’re wrong about hell?

Question: Recently, in response to my rejection of the hell of eternal torment, one of my readers offered a fairly common objection: “I hope you’re right about that. BUT if you’re wrong about hell, then a lot of people will go there … and it will be your fault. Wouldn’t it be better to play it safe just to be sure?” The following response was adapted from a much longer essay from Clarion Journal, titled, “Let's Talk about Hell BETTER or “If You’re Wrong, a Lot of People Will Go to Hell & It's Your Fault” by Brad Jersak. Response: The Wager This high stakes objection is worthy of a careful response. “Wrong about hell” ...