652 results for author: Brad Jersak


Q&R with Brad – “Is sex before marriage a sin?”

Question I have a question. Is sex before marriage a sin? It seems it is best to wait considering the risks. But, the Bible isn't clear on this. The word fornication comes from the Greek word, porneia which means whoredom, harlotry, idolatry, and selling off sexual purity, or marital unfaithfulness (adultery). However, what about in committed relationships where people are not married? Response This is such a poignant question in this sex-positive, post-"purity culture" era. It seems like a risky question to address ... almost a lose-lose as we straddle 21st-century reality and yet hope to stay anchored to some sort of sex ethic that ...

Layering the Parable of the Ten Virgins: What is the Oil? – Brad Jersak

Have you ever given time to wondering about the parable of the ten virgins? It raises some notoriously difficult questions about what Jesus meant, what the various symbols mean, and how it should be applied. Let's start by reading the parable: Matt. 25:1-13  The parable of the ten virgins At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became ...

Q&R with Brad – “But God is holy…”

Poem by Franki (@frankiwritespoetry on Instagram) When yourperception of thelove and acceptance of Godis less than what ahuman beingwould offer a stranger, it'sprobablywrong. Reader's question But he's God. He's holy and I can't get past how that makes me view him as a judge of my behavior. He doesn't accept sin. And I "was born in sin". I don't want to see myself as sinful needing a savior from my evilness, but I feel the Bible tells me this story. If he accepts me, why do I need to do anything at all? Response This is such an important line of inquiry that it bears answering in stages. "But he's God." I don't see that "but" ...

“LOOK LOWER” Grace in Affliction with Weil & Nightbirde – Brad Jersak

How do we experience God in the midst of affliction? Where is the light during the "dark night of the soul?" Where do we stand (or kneel) as we wait for a dawn that seems so slow to come, if it ever will? Those who experience chronic physical, emotional, or spiritual pain know the temptation of despair and may feel like they're drowning in it. When religious rituals, spiritual practices, or affirming deconstruction makes breathing no easier, where do we go? Where is God? "When you can't see him, look lower" (Nightbirde). PINCERS: Simone Weil According to Simone Weil, the French philosopher-mystic, among the greatest of human dilemmas ...

Q & R: Why the Prophetic Directives to Destroy? — Brad Jersak

Question:  I just finished reading your new book A More Christlike God and I loved it! I have a question and want to see if you know of any resources that might be helpful.Specifically, my question relates to certain stories in the OT where God seems to give clear prophetic directives about killing every man, woman, child and animal in the city such as in the story of Joshua and Jericho. I understand that sometimes people heard God through their own "lens" and may have attributed actions/words to God that were really a reflection of their own image of God. However, what do you do with passages where there seems to be a clear prophetic directive? And ...

Q&R with Brad: Why did God put us on earth in the first place?

WHY?LIFE is precious QUESTION: If God's final word for humanity is mercy rather than eternal conscious torment, then that sits better with me. This question remains for me: why would God even put us on earth in the first place, if we are just going to freely choose him anyway? We didn't consent to be put through all of this suffering. God doesn't need more glory. I was always taught that free will was just because God wanted someone to freely choose to love Him, which is a cool idea, but at what cost to us? RESPONSE: I wonder if it’s the same reason we keep having babies. Because despite the suffering humanity both causes ...

CWR Video – W. Paul Young — “Saying Yes or No to God”

Short 4 minute video by Paul Young.

Video by Brad Jersak – A More Christlike Word

Watch a short video by Bradley Jersak on his new book "A More Christlike Word - Reading Scripture the Emmaus Way". https://vimeo.com/575083816 To Purchase "A More Christlike Word"

The Gospel in Chairs – Brad Jersak

Brad Jersak explains the Gospel in Chairs. https://youtu.be/hVmKc_Jv9CE

The Perils of Caged and Free Range Christians – Brad Jersak

Top news in American Christianity The top news item in American Christianity over the past few years continues to be the ‘nones’ (non-affiliated) phenomenon. Is the exodus of churchgoers a blessed deliverance from bondage or a cursed wandering in the wilderness? How we see it depends on one’s perspective, experience and observations … and it’s going to warrant ongoing examination. But there’s no skirting the stubborn fact that tens of millions no longer and likely will never return to the institutional church as they knew it. For my part, I note that both churchgoers and nones can get pretty defensive and contemptuous of the other. ...

On the Grill: An Inquisition of the Sincere – Brad Jersak

On the Grill: An Inquisition of the Sincere Questions. Interviews, investigations, inquisitions. Grilling. I’ve been on the grill a fair bit over the decades. Questions, so many questions. And I love questions. There is no greater favor you can do a vocational teacher than ask him or her a question. These include the happy experiences of Q & A sessions where I really knew my material. Others were designed to be positive, yet felt stressful because the stakes involved were high: job interviews, candidacy committees or the closing viva (oral exams) for my post-graduate degree. Some interviews were promotional, whether on TV, radio or umpteen ...

Q&R with Brad Jersak – On Abraham’s Attempt to Sacrifice Isaac

"Woah there, big fella!" QUESTION My husband and I were missionary children, and have been impacted by the perceived “child sacrifice” practices/ideology (boarding school, prioritization of ministry and the unevangelized, etc.) of the mission organization our parents worked with at the time. As adults, we find the story of God asking/demanding Abraham to sacrifice Isaac to prove his loyalty extremely troubling. Your teaching about the love of God being the nature and character of God resonates with me. I thought you might have a way to approach this story. Response This is certainly an important question, probably best handled by ...