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Christianity Without The Religion BLOG hosted by Brad Jersak.

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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Richard Rohr interview pt. 1 – “What do we mean by contemplation?”

01 Richard Rohr - What do we mean by "contemplation"? from Plain Truth Ministries on Vimeo.

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Q: Has Jesus’ Resurrection made Death our friend (pt 2/4) Brad Jersak

In this post, we will explore how Christ and the NT as a whole describe a fundamental shift in the nature of death in two essential ways as a result of Jesus' resurrection.  (CONT'D from Part 1, which is posted HERE). How have the death and resurrection of Christ fundamentally changed the nature of death itself? a. One approach is to say that death itself has changed. Death used to mean “consigned to the grave” (whatever that meant) but then with Paul, death came to mean “present with the Lord.” Death as our destiny shifts radically with ...

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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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