757 results for author: Brad Jersak


Q&R with Brad Jersak – “Wasn’t there separation from God before the veil was torn?”

Question: I just finished reading A More Christlike Way. Great book. Thanks for sharing your thoughts in book form. After reading, I feel that I know you better. I loved reading the parts where you shared your personal experiences as struggles. I could relate to some of those struggles. Susie and I have been discussing the idea of separation from God. We know that we are not separated but something that puzzles us is why was the veil in the temple rent upon Christ’s death? Denied access before the cross, open access after. That appears to suggest separation. Any thoughts? Response: Yes, the tearing of the veil on Good Friday does seem to suggest ...

I must confess – Ed Dunn

I must confess I enjoy a special tradition on the morning of each new New Year’s Day.  With my college Sophomore, Lauren, upstairs and still fast-asleep, I like to bundle up, coffee up with a large “to-go” thermos and sneak quietly out of the house.  The sun is rarely up as I do. What could be my destination so early on the first day of each new year?  That’s simple.  I like to make my way with the crowds of excitable spectators hurriedly streaming southward towards a world-famous piece of real estate.  I like to join in with one million or so other fans on their way to the narrow sidewalks of Colorado Boulevard.  We’re all there ...

Q&R with Brad Jersak – “The church is the pillar and foundation of the truth” (seriously?)

Question:  What do you think about the verse that says that "the Church is the pillar and ground of truth"? This has been giving me real hiccups ever since I discovered how the Church (especially in the West) has played fast and loose with the Scriptures, the interpretation of them, and even the ecumenical councils. Add to that the many doctrinal additions of the Roman Church and the denial of Apokatastasis by most Orthodox priests, and I feel disoriented and out of touch with everything. Response: I know! Tough one, right? Given the long history of corruption and waywardness within the Jesus movement and its institutions, Paul's assertion seems ...

Living Grace or a Culture of Ugliness – Greg Albrecht

At the Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles on January 5, 2020, Charlize Theron introduced Tom Hanks, who was being honored as the annual recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. Her introduction called attention to the kind and gracious mannerisms of Tom Hanks, a person who has existed for many years within the rarified air of A list Hollywood celebrities. Theron recalled a time when she, a young actress, was auditioning for Hanks and others for the 1996 movie, “That Thing You Do.”  She remembered how nervous she was and how Hanks responded. He interrupted her and apologized because, he said, he needed a five-minute ...

I loved Netflix Messiah. You might not if … Brad Jersak

I have just finished binge-watching season 1 of the 10-episode Netflix series MESSIAH.   I loved it. You might not. You might not love MESSIAH if … … you need the show to be about Jesus of Nazareth. Al-Masih (Arabic for Messiah), the main character, may or may not represent Jesus. He may be the Christ visiting our era … or he may be a false Messiah seeking to deceive. I liked how the show threw both the characters and the audience into the very question that eye-witnesses of Jesus were fighting over in the first century. The show doesn’t commit to solving the question. It’s about asking it. And so, we now have some Christians and ...

Why the Father Didn’t Seek the Prodigal (because he did) Brad Jersak

“The Son of Man came to seek and to save that which is lost” (Luke 19:10). There it is. The gospel of grace distilled perfectly through Jesus’ own words. That statement encapsulates the reason for Christ’s Incarnation, his earthly ministry and his final Passion, in which he pursues humanity even into death. Even hades could not separate us from the relentless love of the “hound of heaven.” Christ describes his “seeking and saving” mission in the three great parables of Luke 15: the lost coin, the lost sheep and the lost son. In each of the parables, the obvious punchline is how heaven rejoices when what was lost has been found. This ...

Q&R with Brad Jersak – A More Christlike Way

Question I am finally getting around to reading A More Christlike Way. I’m curious about what you wrote on page 64, “We might go further to describe love as God’s heart and ours working as one because in Christ, God and humanity are united forever.” When you say, “in Christ, God and humanity are united forever,” can we assume that includes everyone who lived before Jesus? And if so, was it true for them during their lifetime or is it only true retroactively? Maybe the root of this question is this: theologically speaking, do you think there has ever been any separation or “un-united-ness” between God and humanity—in light of the ...

Q&R with Brad Jersak – Does God “intervene”?

Question I have read and studied your book,  A More Christlike God.  And I have a question that is tormenting me. Part 1 of your book is very well done. It provides a strong and credible explanation for parts of the OT that don’t resonate with a Christlike image of God. But in Part 2, I got hung up on what I interpret as your “noninterventionist God” theory. I’m happy to bid farewell to Calvinist doctrines. But I want to better understand your thesis and the implications. Are you saying that you believe that we have unlimited, unharnessed free will; that while God is not responsible for evil (or bad things happening), neither is God ...

The Virgin Birth is a Christological Faith-Claim – Brad Jersak

"For us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven and was Incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary." The Gospel claims  to Mary's virgin birth (or conception) of Christ is far more than borrowed mythology co-opted from a host of earlier hybrid god myths. The historic Christian faith received it as a revelation delivered through the Gospels of Luke (1:26-38) and Matthew (1:18-25). Yes, we know that the original Hebrew prophecy in Isaiah 7:14 was not about an actual virgin (and can be rendered "young woman") nor even, initially, about Mary or her Son. But the Gospel accounts are very specific on this point: in the story, both Mary ...

CWR video – Lucy Peppiatt – “The Incarnation part 2”


Pain, Belief & the Suffering of Children – Brad Jersak

PAIN.Has it crushed your faith or made you a believer? Nativity & Massacre of the Innocents As Christ-followers celebrate the Feast of the Nativity, we also anticipate the tragedy in Bethlehem known as "the massacre of the innocents," when King Herod sought to cut short the Messiah's life. The story is recounted in Matthew 2. 13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” 14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for ...

Christmas Presents, Christmas Presence – Irene Frances

CHRISTMAS IS HERE and once again the festivities of this joyous time have begun. As I thought about Christmas I was reminded of one of my ‘must have’ presents from 2016. I wanted a book on blogging, something that would not only inspire me but would help me create the most amazing blogs ever. Well, 12 months on and this year, so far, I’ve written about three posts; I’m not much further advanced now with my blog than I was back then. Other priorities took over, in other words—Life got in the way. But then my 2016 present is reusable and will do wonders throughout 2018! A lot of thought goes into our Christmas presents, what to give the ...