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Christianity Without The Religion BLOG hosted by Brad Jersak.

What do we mean by “Contemplation”? Richard Rohr

5 minute video on "Contemplation" by Richard Rohr

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When Christ-less Religion Meets God’s Grace – Greg Albrecht

All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me.—John 16:1-3 What happens when fear, shame and guilt meet God's unconditional love? Human history is a record of titanic struggles and classic confrontations. Biblically, we think of Moses and the seemingly defenseless Israelites, hemmed in by the mountains, with the Red Sea at their back, ...

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The Merciful Heart – St. Isaac the Syrian

What is a merciful heart?a heart on firefor the whole of creation,humanity,the birds,for the animals,the demons,and for all that exists.By the recollection of themthe eyes of a merciful personpour forth tears in abundance.By the strong and vehement mercythat grips such a person’s heart,and by such great compassion,the heart is humbledand one cannot bear to hear or seeany injury or slight sorrowin any of creation.For this reason, such a personoffers up tearful prayer continuallyeven for irrational beasts,for the enemies of the truth,and for those who harm him,that ...

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The Radical Inclusion & Glorious Uniqueness of Christ (the Light, the Word & the Name) – Brad Jersak

Video message by Brad Jersak.

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Kierkegaard: Reintroducing Christ to Christendom – Stephen Backhouse

CLICK HERE to see our CWRm interview with Stephen Backhouse on Kierkegaard--the father of Christianity without the religion.

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Grace – Up on the Roof – Greg Albrecht

The second chapter of Joshua tells us that a woman named Rahab found grace in the most unexpected manner and place. This story would make a great Hollywood action-thriller. It's a story that includes adventure, suspense, military conflict, spies—and, of course, a beautiful woman. It has all the elements of a block-buster hit at the box office. The leading character of this drama is a prostitute named Rahab. We can be fairly certain that Rahab was not invited to join the important clubs in Jericho where she lived, because she lived and worked on the fringes of ...

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How to See, Not What to See – Richard Rohr

Watch a 4 minute video with Richard Rohr.

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What Do You Mean … The Narrow Gate? – Greg Albrecht

By Greg Albrecht— Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.—Matthew 7:13-14 This passage is often preached from the perspective of how hard it is to obey God and keep his laws—how hard it is to "make the grade" to get into heaven—how relatively few souls will be counted worthy of heaven while the broad majority will end up in hell. Matthew 7:13-14 is one of those passages that is regularly ...

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Q & R: How is Christ a “sacrificial lamb”? Brad Jersak

What does the Passover Lamb of Exodus reveal and foretell of Christ's death? How does the Day of Atonement interpret Christ's sacrifice?

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Q & R: “Narrow Way, Narrow Gate” Brad Jersak

Narrow Road ... and Few Find It Q: If Christ has made possible the salvation of all, why does he say "the gate is narrow and few will find it?" R: Context is so important! Take a moment to ask yourself in which context you first heard this message. Whenever I have heard these words, composed by Jesus Christ himself, almost without exception, they were embedded in the context of an evangelistic sermon describing the way of salvation that leads to eternal life. In contrast, the way of destruction was identified as the road to hell.  In that context, Jesus' warning ...

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