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Christianity Without The Religion BLOG hosted by Brad Jersak.

Breakfast with Brad – Hot Chocolate, Germany & God’s Wishy-Washy (?) Love

Breakfast with Brad - In which Eden has hot chocolate in Germany's winter wonderland, while Brad goes on a rant about God's supposedly wishy-washy Love. Breakfast with Brad - Hot Chocolate in Germany and God's Wishy-Washy (?) Love from Brad Jersak on Vimeo.

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It’s Either Old or New – It Can’t Be Both – Greg Albrecht

By way of introduction to It's Either Old or New—It Can't Be Both! I would like to introduce two special guests. Before going any further, I should explain that our special guests will appear as caricatures—in the form of a communication that they might have had with each other—so that there is, as far as I know, no actual resemblance to anything they've ever said to each other, if indeed they ever had a one-on-one conversation. I hope that clears me—that's my disclaimer. Our first guest is Martha Stewart. Martha Stewart has come, over the past few ...

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At-one-ment, Not Atonement – Richard Rohr

The common reading of the Bible is that Jesus “died for our sins”—either to pay a debt to the devil (common in the first millennium) or to pay a debt to God (proposed by Anselm of Canterbury, 1033-1109). Franciscan philosopher and theologian John Duns Scotus (1266-1308) agreed with neither of these understandings. Duns Scotus was not guided by the Temple language of debt, atonement, or blood sacrifice (understandably used by the Gospel writers and by Paul). He was inspired by the cosmic hymns in the first chapters of Colossians and Ephesians and the ...

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The Good News Story (Animation)

Originally posted by the Rend Collective on YouTube.

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CWR video – Greg Albrecht – “He Loves Us Anyway”


Grace and Truth Come Through Jesus Christ – Greg Albrecht

  Here's a news flash! Religion is confrontational and hostile to anyone that dares to differ with it. Religion is, at best, irrelevant to our relationship with God. Christ-less religion actually leads people away from God! Grace-less religion advances its agenda, which is all about the relationship it offers (or inflicts upon) its followers. The relationship religion offers usually includes a relationship with a building, with real estate, with icons, with treasures (real or imagined) and with rituals and performances and traditions which are themselves reputed ...

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Breakfast with Brad – Justice, Mercy & Guinness

In modern thought, justice = punishment and mercy = withholding punishment. That makes them opposites and creates both a sick society and sick theology. But in the biblical prophetic tradition, justice and mercy kiss. Having had a big English breakfast hours earlier (see below video), Brad waits for his flight in an airport pub and nurses a Guinness to work it all out. Behold, the "full English Breakfast" with gratitude to the Stonehouse Guesthouse in Priorslee, UK.

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CWR video – Brian Zahnd – “Beauty will Save the World”


Follow Your Heart! Really? (part 2) Brad Jersak

Jeremiah 17 5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man,     who draws strength from mere flesh     and whose heart turns away from the Lord. 6 That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;     they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,     in a salt land where no one lives. 7 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,     whose confidence is in him. 8 They will be like a tree planted by the water     that sends out its roots by the ...

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How God Chooses His Team – Greg Albrecht

Remember those times when you gathered with a group of your friends and schoolmates to participate in a game that involved two teams? My memories are of two captains who were popularly chosen, or who, by virtue of their size, age and ability (or all three) appointed themselves. Then the captains started choosing people for their teams. They always chose those who they felt would help them win—that's logical. Games are all about winning. So when sides were chosen the fastest, strongest, most popular and most athletic were chosen first. As each person was chosen ...

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