350 results for author: Greg Albrecht


Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word – Greg Albrecht

What've I got to do to make you love me? What've I got to do to make you care?—Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word, Elton John, 1976 Unrequited love normally brings to mind memories of romantic, "puppy love" that failed to hear an echo. But teenage infatuations that end in agonizing, emotional dramas are surpassed in intensity by the crushing heartbreak experienced when, for some reason, a parent or child fails to respond to each other. This is a story of a girl and the relationship she yearned to have with her father. Like many others in her generation, Karen grew up in a home ruled over by an authoritarian veteran of World War 2. Karen, ...

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"Our Father's Love" Greg was reminded at a memorial service about the love of God that Jesus lives in us. It's a love that God gives us first before any and all other considerations. Celebrate Father's Day with us! https://www.ptm.org/mp3/FreeDwnld/CWR592.mp3 Link to Christianity Without the Religion - Sunday

Bargaining with God by Greg Albrecht

Friends and Partner Letter from June 2014 The chief object of education is not to learn things; nay, the chief object of education is to unlearn things. – G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) The first serious conversation most of us ever have with God is when we realize we are in a world of hurt. Our back is against the wall – we have painted ourselves into a corner and we desire to have a heart-to-heart talk with God so he will get us out of the mess we’re in. Typically, the first time we wanted God to really listen to us was also when we offered him a bargain. Do you remember? Perhaps the first serious discussion you had with God was ...

Spitting Into the Wind – Greg Albrecht

Call me the "Quester." I've been king over Israel in Jerusalem. I looked most carefully into everything, searched out all that is done on this earth. And let me tell you, there's not much to write home about. God hasn't made it easy for us. I've seen it all and it's nothing but smoke— smoke, and spitting into the wind. Life's a corkscrew that can't be straightened, a minus that won't add up. I said to myself, "I know more and I'm wiser than anyone before me in Jerusalem. I've stockpiled wisdom and knowledge." What I've finally concluded is that so-called wisdom and knowledge are mindless and witless—nothing but spitting into the wind. Much ...

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"Taking the Easy Way Out" Jesus tells us to travel the narrow road of life and avoid the broad road that leads to destruction. Is it only the "eat, drink and be merry" folks on that broad road leading to destruction? Could religious legalists also be on it? https://www.ptm.org/mp3/FreeDwnld/PTR0328.mp3 Links to Our Daily Radio

Is It Possible To Be … Spiritual But Not Religious? Greg Albrecht and Brad Jersak

GREG: Is it possible to be … Spiritual But Not Religious? I’ve previously addressed this topic in sermons and we’ve touched on it in shorter articles as well. But the question is huge because it goes to the morphing of what it means to be church and do church.  Typical 'spirituality surveys' demonstrate that many North Americans believe one can be spiritual without necessarily being religious. Of course, definitions of both words must be considered when this question is pondered. Does ‘spiritual’ refer only to one’s own inner life, or does it acknowledge a spiritual world (including a God) beyond the human soul? Does ...

Question: Women in Pastoral Ministry – Greg Albrecht

QUESTION: I spent some time in two church organizations both of whom believed women should not be involved in pastoral ministry.  But I now question this view.   I did make  a sort of peace with the idea over the fact that I'd rather hear a woman speak truth than hear a man speak nonsense. In spite of that though, I'm still a bit troubled by the Epistles of Paul on this issue. I'm aware of the argument that Paul's statements were directed to a male dominated culture but that raises the question that if the culture were wrong, why did God cater to it? What I want to understand is the theology of this issue. I don't ...

Is God Disappointed With You? – Greg Albrecht

There is no doubt the "disappointed God" must be included in the Top Ten Misunderstandings of God. Here's the heavenly picture this erroneous stereotype creates: the "disappointed God" sits, slumped forward on his heavenly throne, head in hands, peering down, sighing and frowning, disillusioned and frustrated with you and me. This misconception of God presents God as dismayed and despondent because of our seemingly never-ending failures. The "disappointed God" wonders whether you and I will ever learn. Of course, dissatisfaction exists in our relationship with God, but the frustration is on our part, not that of God's. The disenchantment we feel ...

He is Taking Us to Be With Him – Greg Albrecht

Friends and Partner Letter Dated June 2021 Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am (John 14:1-2, my emphasis). Where will we “go” after we die? What will happen to us? How will we “get” to heaven? If and when we arrive, will “they” let us in? How do we know if we are headed in the right direction so that we will finally arrive? Do we have a “chance” of ...

How Big Is God? – Greg Albrecht

Many Christians seem to believe that Jesus came to this earth as a kind of Plan B. They've been taught that Jesus came to this earth to save us because Adam "fell"—and further, they've been told that when Adam "fell" God had to, in effect, scurry around and come up with Plan B. This reasoning is of course, unbiblical—and beyond that, it doesn't make sense. Why would Christmas, the incarnation of God, be Plan B? Why wouldn't Christmas have been on the drawing boards from the very get-go? Why wouldn't Jesus have been planning to come anyway? Years ago I read a little book by J.B. Phillips titled Your God is Too Small. J.B. Phillips wanted the ...

The ‘WORD’ of God and the word of God

Many Christians speak of the Bible as the word of God.  Some even capitalize word (Word) as a term that is synonymous with the Scripture – the Bible.  In this context Bible students are motivated by pastors and teachers to “be in the Word.” I believe the Bible is inspired by God.  However, I also believe there is, by design, a substantial human component it the writing, editing, translating, preservation and publishing of the Bible.  You have heard the boast made by processed food manufacturers – “untouched by human hands.”  The Bible has been touched by many human hands and is therefore fallible and less ...

How Grace Works

Friends and Partner letter dated May 2015 Billy was just finishing some art work, so he was the last first-grader to leave the classroom for recess. Just as he stood up and got ready to run out to the playground, he looked down and was horrified to see a puddle between his feet. He could not remember when it happened nor could he imagine how it could have happened. His mind was already racing on fast forward – he visualized his humiliation when the boys and the girls came in from recess and made fun of him for wetting his pants. This was going to be the worst day of his life! Billy was petrified by fear and then, to make matters worse, ...