461 results for author: Greg Albrecht


Reflections Along the Jesus Way

January 31, 2023 - Quote for the Day “Grace is a multi-layered word.  Its many definitions add rich perspectives and significance to our lives.  Grace speaks of abundance and gratitude, of charm and inner beauty, of harmony, mercy and forgiveness.  We say grace before a meal.  A dance or figure skater is graceful.  When a dept is owed and a bill is due, grace periods are offered before penalties begin.  The world of music speaks of grace notes.”  Originally published in: Wonders of His Grace ------------------------------------- Help Us Help Others - Give Now

Law Enforcement or Healing? – by Greg Albrecht

Friend and Partner Letter from February 2023 Let’s start with a quiz:  If you had to choose between two images of Jesus which would it be:  1) someone who serves in the law enforcement profession, such as a police officer or judge, or 2) someone who serves in the healing profession, such as a doctor or a nurse?  When those two images are compared and contrasted, a doctor or nurse is the Christ-centered, healing answer.  BUT – why does the vast majority of Christendom lean toward a depiction of Jesus as an agent of law and order?  More than that, WHY do so many within Christendom feel that any picture of ...

Reflections Along the Jesus Way

January 29, 2023 - Quote for the Day “Christ-less religion has always attempted to eliminate authentic Christianity.  Religion has opposed authentic Christians during the course of history.  Religion attempts to bypass or improve upon Jesus – to modify and even counterfeit him and offer a false gospel and bogus salvation in the process.  Jesus sets us free from all such encumbrances that weigh us down, allowing us to love, comfort and reach out to everyone – including refugees who have suffered at the hands of religion.  Authentic Christianity teaches that God loves the whole world, while oppressive religion teaches ...

Timeless Treasures from the Psalms – Greg Albrecht

It's just a little pocket Bible, small enough so my father could carry it with him as he served in the U.S. Navy during World War 2. My father was killed when I was only fifteen months old, and while I don't have memories of him, I do have mementos that have been given to me. I have some faded photographs, his old cigarette lighter, the flag that draped his casket when he was buried, some copies of the newspaper describing the tragedy of his death—and I have that little New Testament Bible, which also includes the Old Testament book of Psalms. I don't know how much he read that little pocket Bible, but when I hold it I somehow feel closer to ...

Reflections Along the Jesus Way

January 26, 2023 - Quote for the Day “Here, in a tiny little backwater town of Bethlehem, our Creator, the Prince of Peace arrived looking more like a little prune-faced pauper than an adorable Gerber baby born into comfort, safety and hygiene.  The first Christmas was a long way from the adorable depictions of baby Jesus we see today, in front yards, on Christmas trees and over the mantle of fireplaces.  2000 years later Jesus has been, in the popular version that is taught and imbibed, adorable, repackaged and shrink-wrapped.”  Originally published in: Christianity Without the Religion magazine, November ...

When Your Dreams Wind Up in the Pit – by Greg Albrecht

Keynote Scripture: GENESIS 37:19-36 "Here comes that dreamer!" they said to each other. "Come now, let's kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we'll see what comes of his dreams."  The background to our story involves a 17-year-old boy named Joseph. He lived with his father Jacob and his ten brothers in the land of Canaan. Joseph was Jacob's favorite son. Showing favoritism to one child is a huge mistake for any parent, but it is the stuff of real life, is it not? The ongoing story of the family of Abraham given to us in the book of Genesis reads like a soap opera. This specific ...

Reflections Along the Jesus Way

January 24, 2023 - Quote for the Day “My computer screen flickered for a moment, and then the video my friend from Indiana sent me started to play.  An ordinary guy was sitting in front of his computer screen – he looked at me and said: ‘I got an email the other day which said … Jesus loves you.’ Ordinary guy thought, ‘that’s nice,’ but then he read the rest of the email which said…If you don’t start doing what Jesus says you’re going to burn in hell forever.’ Ordinary guy pondered…‘So, this love Jesus has for me is conditional. I can understand that.  Love has conditions attached.  ...

Reflections Along the Jesus Way

January 22, 2023 - Quote for the Day “In both his behavior and his teachings Jesus reached out to the downtrodden, offering healing and grace to all those in bondage.  He pierced through the crippling aggression of the rich and the slavery of religious power brokers.  Jesus flipped the script of what is fair and just, upending traditional ethical assumptions and religious traditions.  The Beatitudes then seemed so illogical and counter-intuitive and they still do.  Jesus’ teaching reveals the eternal and divine value of vulnerability in the face of danger and gentleness in the face of hatred.”  Origina...

Q&R – Which Religion is Right? Greg Albrecht

Question: How can we know which religion is right, and further—if Christianity is the only right “religion”—will only Christians go to heaven? Response: In our postmodern society, it seems that every belief system is afforded equal weight. Well-meaning wishful thinkers like to point out that world religions share many things in common—and if everyone would just focus on these commonalities, perhaps we could “all just get along.” Yet even a brief survey of world religions reveals huge contrasts and contradictions. How can so many contradicting ideas, philosophies and doctrines all be right? Of course, logically, they ...

Reflections Along the Jesus Way

January 19, 2023 -Quote for the Day “When truth is fixed, reality adapts to unequivocal, eternal verities.  When truth is no longer truth, and every opinion equal, then subjective decisions are more likely to be accepted and tolerated.  Every generation that seeks to right all wrongs, finds itself battling with the unsettling reality that others in the past differed, and the notion past generations may have had it more ‘right’ than we do now is not only inconvenient, it is a painful and disconcerting possibility.  So why not reject such notions for ‘convenient truth?’”  Originally published in: C...

Reflections Along the Jesus Way

January 17, 2023 - Quote for the Day “In a sad but twisted irony, religion not only seduces and deceives its followers (addicts and slaves), but it assures them that they need to endure misery and abuse in order to please and appease God.  What a travesty!  Religious legalism has turned many of its followers into the walking dead.”  Originally published in: Unplugging from Religion – Connecting With God ------------------------------------- Help Us Help Others - Give Now

Son of a Preacher Man – by Greg Albrecht

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?" —Matthew 16:24-26  The passage in Matthew that forms the basis of our message talks about losing your life so that you might gain it. At first it may seem to you that Jesus' assertion amounts to little more than theological double-talk. But this teaching begins to make profound spiritual sense ...

Reflections Along the Jesus Way

January 15, 2023 - Quote for the Day “… running around in circles, so consumed with doing and fulfilling religious duties that there is little time to do anything else, let alone think, does not equate to following Jesus Christ… One can think that the highways and byways of Christ-less religion are paths of pleasing and appeasing God, while being absolutely deceived about who God actually is.  I was once making excellent progress on a narrow road that was in reality the broad road Jesus spoke of, but in terms of following Jesus I was going nowhere fast.”  Originally published in: Letters to My Friends – Our ...

Chaos or Community? by Greg Albrecht

Martin Luther King Jr. set out to redeem the soul of America from the triple evils of racism, war and poverty. MLK Jr. loved Isaiah 40:4-5: Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all mankind will see it. Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? (published in 1967), was the fourth and last book written by Martin Luther King Jr. before his assassination in 1968. In Chaos or Community? Dr. King pleaded for an end to violence, because violence always gives birth to the chaos of more violence—he ...

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"Chaos or Community?" Martin Luther King Jr. said, “hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease of fear.” Recrimination and revenge continue the unending cycle of hatred and violence while love and forgiveness leads to community and forgiveness. Join us for our Sunday Sermon. https://www.ptm.org/mp3/FreeDwnld/CWR675.mp3