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Christianity Without The Religion BLOG hosted by Brad Jersak.

Unwavering Faith? Greg Albrecht

A friend of mine, enduring some painful struggles, asked me to continue to pray for him.  He was particularly concerned, as he said, that “my faith doesn’t waver.” I started thinking about “unwavering” faith.  Everything human wavers – love, commitment, trust, honesty, fidelity, patience – it all wavers.  Human faith wavers.  We are not the rock – Jesus is.  Jesus is the unmoved mover.  He is always here for and with us.  Jesus never walks away and abandons us.   He is ...

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C&R with Brad Jersak – A Christlike God or no god at all?

Reader's Comment From E. Stanley Jones (1933), "Christ and human suffering" I was reading this today in the early morn. Thought of you.  E. Stanley Jones (1933), "Christ and human suffering" Response Fascinating! Despite the fact that our Trinitarian confession frequently slips badly into Tritheism (worship of three gods), Christians follow Jesus Christ's claim that we worship the one God of Abraham. In these, we share significant common ground with Judaism and Islam. But when it comes to the Incarnation of God in the flesh of Christ, that seems ...

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Q&R with Brad Jersak – “Christ uniquely revealed God as Abba. Doesn’t the OT also reveal God as Father?”

Question Recently on a podcast, you emphasized how Jesus uniquely revealed God as Abba. I know the Old Testament has multiple references to God as Father so I was wondering made Jesus' revelation of Abba so special? Response Good question! With cudos to Mercy Aiken for alerting me to this (see her explanation below). While rare in the Hebrew Scriptures, the Jewish tradition was not entirely silent on the fatherhood of God. And I'm not claiming that God had not already actually been their Father.  In the Psalms, fatherhood is twice used as an analogy for ...

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CWR video – Angry, Retributive Images of God

Short video on the images of God.

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The Walking Wounded – by Greg Albrecht

The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.—Psalm 34:17-18 When we think of the term "walking wounded," we usually consider warriors who served their country, whose wounds are visible and known, as well as those whose wounds are not as apparent. Most recently, we are familiar with The Walking Wounded who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. While one of the tragic consequences of any war is The Walking Wounded left in its wake, one of ...

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Brad Jersak unveiling a better faith in “A More Christlike Way” – Review by Nathan Forster

Before I start this review, I need to make a confession. I arrogantly thought that this book would just re-hash what I thought I already knew. I came to this book thinking “okay, so I know God is perfectly revealed in Jesus, and so yep, that means that is God is love, and so then a faith modelled on love becomes how we embody our faith into the world- simple! And if this is what Brad is going to say (though only in a longer version) then he’ll be confirming what I generally already know”. Needless to say, the Spirit used this book to gently remind ...

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Q&R with Brad Jersak: “Under grace, are we still ‘sinners’? Is confessing sin a denial of grace?”

Question Under grace, are we still 'sinners'? Is confessing sin a denial of grace? What about saying "the Lord's Prayer," which asks God to forgive our sins? Some grace teachers regard the Lord's Prayer as Old Covenant since Jesus taught it before the Cross and at the Cross, all sins were already forgiven. What's your take on this? Responses These questions are loaded with a backstory, for sure. I can hear the wounds of shame in how the words "sin" and "sinner" were used as bludgeons on sensitive hearts. And believe me, I can relate. As long as these are ...

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Editorial: Greg Albrecht: “Looking to Jesus – We gaze on the Light when shrouded in Darkness”

Greg Albrecht - PTM President Yet again we have been shocked at the perverse darkness of evil evidenced through the tragedies of shootings and terrorism.  Just when we think the valley of the shadow of death could not get any darker it does. We will mourn with those in grief and we dare not stifle their angry cry of lament. Yet again, the Psalmist's cry echoes across the millennia "How long, O Lord!?" Yet again political parties co-opt our grief and loss as a platform to gain supporters for their cause as they point out real or imagined inadequacies ...

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Attend Church or Else! – Greg Albrecht

by Greg AlbrechtEditor's Note: Just what it means to "be" and "do" and "go to" church is a controversial topic within Christendom. Of course there are vested interests, so that the discussion is rarely objective. One of our readers/listeners introduced this conversation, as he reported his response to an article by a pastor (in italics) he felt to be manipulative and self-serving (our reader's response in regular type). We invite you to be the judge of that! My wife recently brought home a pastoral newsletter from the church she occasionally attends. I read ...

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Q&R with Brad Jersak: Is Isaiah’s “suffering servant” Jesus or the Jewish people?

Isaiah 49:7 Question: Hi Brad, I recently learned of your contributions to a book called Stricken By God?I was researching Isaiah 49:7 due to the Rabbinical claim that the Suffering Servant is not Jesus, but is actually the Jewish people throughout their history of persecutions. This has always been a nagging doubt to me. It doesn't help that Isaiah 49:7 in some translations says "abhorred by the nations" which sounds like the nation of Israel is te servant, but other translations say "abhorred by the nation" which sounds like Jesus inside of Israel. In ...

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