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Christianity Without The Religion BLOG hosted by Brad Jersak.

Meals on Wheels – Greg Albrecht

Earlier this year my wife and I attended memorial services for the wife of an older gentleman who frequents the same gym where my wife and I exercise. Jerrat is one of a number of seniors who arrive early at the gym, virtually every day. We have joined this group about three times a week over the last 6-8 years. A group of about 20 of us from the gym (we call ourselves gym rats) joined Jerrat, his family, loved ones and friends, supporting them during this time of loss. A week or so after the funeral my wife Karen decided to make some dinner for Jerrat. We ...

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Q: Has the Resurrection made Death our friend? (pt 1/4) Brad Jersak

QUESTION: Has Christ’s resurrection made death our “friend”? RESPONSE: I have reservations about calling death a friend. But I think it's worth doing an autopsy on death to explore the way Christ’s work changed not only our relationship to death, but changed the nature of death itself. I want to ask first, how is death not our friend, then how it might now be our friend and finally, how might we talk about death. So first, and easiest, why is the statement “death is our friend” not true? Most obviously, in 1 Cor. 15—dubbed “the resurrection ...

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An Offer We Can’t Refuse – Greg Albrecht

Luke 14:15-24 There are more than 38,000 Christian denominations around this world. Over 3.5 million congregations that identify themselves as Christian churches formally gather together, on a regular basis, around this world. But did you know, in spite of what I've just said, that there is only one Christian church in Germany? Only one in Italy? Only one in India? Only one in China? And only one in the United States and Canada. I'm speaking, of course, about the church of Jesus Christ —not about a humanly incorporated corporation or institution—but ...

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“Laying Down All My Religion” – SIMPLE GOSPEL – United Pursuit

Simple Gospel by United Pursuit, ft. Brock Human & Will Reagan (Lyrics below video)  I want to know you, Lord Like I know a friend I want to know you, Lord I want to know you, Lord Like I know a friend I want to know you, Lord So I’m laying down all my religion I’m laying down I want to know you, Lord I’m laying down all my religion I’m laying down I want to know you, Lord I use to think that I could box you in But I’m laying down I want to know you, Lord I use to think that I could box you in But I’m laying down I want to know you, ...

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A Tribute: Gary Amirault departs – Mercy Aiken

Editor's note: Gary Amirault of Tentmaker Ministries was a friend of PTM and Greg Albrecht. In his passing, we're posting this tribute by his friend and former co-worker, Mercy Aiken, along with a video clip that gives you a sense of his passion and tone.   For those who may not have heard the news yet, Gary Amirault passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday. He died from a broken heart after the passing of his beloved wife Michelle earlier in the summer. Gary Amirault was gripped with indignation in his honest soul by the wrongness of the world and of the ...

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God in our own image – Rob Grayson

  I believe that Jesus, and specifically Jesus on the cross, is the definitive revelation of who God is. If we start our quest to understand God anywhere else, we are liable to end up – as history attests – with all kinds of grotesque distortions of what God is actually like. Some of these distortions we see in the pages of the Old Testament, where God is said to have not only sanctioned but commanded ethnic cleansing and other moral atrocities. In short, I believe that we need to forget whatever we thought we knew about God – whether it’s from ...

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Q: How Do We Avoid Cherry-Picking the Bible for a God of Love of Our Own Wishes ? – Brad Jersak

  QUESTION: How do you respond to people who object that we are imposing our own ideology of peace onto the Bible rather than letting the Bible speak for itself? When you "unwrath God," aren't you cherry-picking according to our own wishes for what you wish the text had said rather than submitting to what it actually says? RESPONSE: I hear this objection regularly, perhaps even weekly. I need to respond often enough that a standard answer has begun to unfold. 1. First, we must acknowledge the real problem of bias when coming to the text. We must admit ...

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Rest for the Weary – Greg Albrecht

I heard a story about an American missionary named David who served in an African town several decades ago. David was amazed to see the heavy loads and burdens the Africans carried on their heads as a part of their regular jobs. The most astonishing individual he met, in this regard, was a lady who had perfected the technique of carrying heavy loads on her head to such a degree that her peers called her "the human delivery truck." Amazing at it seems to us, she delivered engine blocks from cars and trucks from one repair shop to another. According to the ...

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Jesus Could Come Tonight (All Hallows Eve) – Kenneth Tanner

Jesus could come tonight, folks. Keep those porch lights on, those jack-o-lanterns lit, and welcome the children (and your neighbors) as Jesus would. In America, this is unfortunately just about the only hour or so left anymore where anyone might come to our door or we might freely go to the door of anyone. Don’t turn your porch light off, leave for the night, or play the part of an early Scrooge. Kids are watching to see if you are a good neighbor. And be generous with the candy!! As Christians celebrating All Hallow’s Eve, we do not seek to ...

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I’ve not been forgotten – Brad Jersak

THE EXPERIENCE OF ALONENESS It is inevitable. At some point, grief or loss knocks on our door. Life happens, tragedies strike, death overtakes us or sometimes worse, those we love most. When the ache of emptiness does invade our lives, even the most faithful Jesus-followers may experience the "felt absence" of God. Even if by faith we can cling to the promise, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Heb. 13:5), the feeling of suffocating aloneness can leave us crying out, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me!?" (Psalm 22:1). This can be truly troubling. ...

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