CWR Blog

Christianity Without The Religion BLOG hosted by Brad Jersak.

Sabbath was made for you… Paul E. Ralph

Sabbath isn’t infused with its sacred nature because we observe it. That is the lunacy of the joy-stealer. The sheer arrogance of his/her self- importance attempting to arrest our self-narrative. That is akin to loving my children only when they are compliant, behaved or wise in my eyes. No, I love my children because we were made for love; me and my children. Try as I might to resist it away on occasion, I cannot. It is the futility of futilities. Love is. And I love them. May your day be infused with a certain reverence, not because ...

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

Brian Zahnd: Beauty from Plain Truth Ministries on Vimeo.

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Do Not Be Afraid – Greg Albrecht

The time and culture of Jesus' birth was not unlike the world in which we live today. For that matter, it was just like any generation or era in history. The specific people, land and culture to which Jesus came was a world permeated with fear at almost every level. The Jews were an occupied people. They suffered under grinding poverty and heavy taxation. There was a huge gap between the rich and the poor. Life expectancy, particularly among the poor, is estimated to have been in the mid-30s to early-40s. Fear is a part of what it means to be human. It's a ...

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Injured Expectations – Felicia Murrell

When our choices are rooted in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, our inside world feels the fruit of those choices

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

This article completes our series on the question of whether or not Death is now our friend (click here to begin at part 1). So far, we've seen that while we must all pass through a process of dying that culminates in the event or moment of death, the resurrection of Christ radically changed the nature of death itself. It is no longer a destination or destiny to be feared in some dreary grave or gloomy underworld. Death in that sense has died and dying is a transition into the joy of the Lord. In this article, we explore surrender: a posture towards disease, dying...

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“God, keep my head above water” – Avril Lavigne w/ Martha Washington (by Brad Jersak)

A message hope in a desperate prayer: "God, keep my head above water." Avril Lavigne is a French Canadian recording artist who started her career with hits such as "Sk8er Boi" and "Complicated." She broke into the limelight as a teenager when her first album went six-times Platinum in less than a year. Her second album debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and would sell over 12 million copies worldwide. All told, she's received 321 award nominations and 144 wins. She used her rise to fame to create the Avril Lavigne Foundation and supported many chariti...

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The First Fruits of Conversion: ‘The End of Retributive Violence’ – Stephen Crosby

The following is a brief true story from a friend of mine of the conversion of a Papua New Guinea tribesman named “Pully.” The author of this guest blog, Nate Ham, knew Pully personally.  I would earnestly pray that any conversion would have as much Holy Spirit ethical substance as Pully’s. I pray that we could live in as much gospel authenticity as this simple, elderly man, from Papua New Guinea. I would ask you, in the midst of much of the theological clamor today regarding God and retributive violence, to humbly and prayerfully consider the many and deep ...

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Judgment & Restoration: Delivered Over & Delivered From – Brad Jersak

"In Isaiah 26.9-10, judgment is identified in terms that instruct the inhabitants of the world and reveal a greater purpose toward Israel and mankind. Judgment is not an end goal but a means towards the greater purpose of restoration and salvation. In Isaiah, the purpose of God’s judgments is revealed as instructive and redemptive rather than destructive. That judgment is unto salvation and redemption is a major theme in the book of Isaiah as well as other prophets... In Isaiah 26:9-10 judgment is unto restoration. Divine Judgment is meant to bring deliverance as well ...

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Jesus’ Resurrection made Death our friend (pt 3/4) Brad Jersak

In this post, part 3 of our series asking if Death is now our friend, we will discuss Dying. Unlike death, our defeated foe, dying  is an inevitable reality we can come to accept:  Dying is not the same as death. Dying is a process prior to death. In our previous posts on death, we suggested a distinction between death as a moment or event that we all experience and death as a defunct destiny or destination that we need no longer fear. To that distinction, let's add two more important clarifications: We can now regard the event or moment of death as ...

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It All Comes From God – Greg Albrecht

Here in the United States this is the Sunday and the week after Thanksgiving. It's a time of the year when it can be so easy to forget that what we are eating and enjoying is what God has given us, for every good and perfect gift is from above…(James 1:17). Here in the U.S. we just experienced Black Friday—the day after Thanksgiving, a day when many people are off work and flood the shopping malls, trying to get a head start on Christmas shopping. Another year of Christmas hype is in full swing. It's a time when Christmas decorations, advertisements, and ...

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