310 results for tag: Brad Jersak


Q&R with Brad – What is the difference between the kingdom of God, eternal life & salvation?

Question I am trying to understand the difference between the “Kingdom of God”/“Kingdom of Heaven” and “salvation”.  Do you have any thoughts on this?   Response Great question.  "Kingdom of God/heaven" is the dominant gospel of Jesus in the language of the synoptic gospels. It's a complex phrase in Jesus' teaching, as he sometimes uses it to describe his work in the world of here and now, the transformative work inside of people, and the life of the age to come. Simply put, the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, the kingdom within you, and the kingdom yet to come.  In John's gospel, the ...

Q & R: Christ in a Violent World – Brad Jersak

At CWR/PTM, we've received some excellent feedback re: our response to violence. We really do appreciate this kind of input and our readers' thoughtful questions, especially as we see our readers as partners in our ministry and its mission.  The following are some direct responses to the concerns from one of our readers, as well as a formal response.   The reader (in bold) began: The issue of CWRm left me with some negative feelings about our response with violence based on Jesus' teaching, and your claim that Christendom is on the violent, wrong, side of the Cross. Not very surprising, especially since it's very difficult for believers to ...

Thoughts in the Night on God’s Grace and Our Response – by Brad Jersak

Jet-lag woke me up again last night, but happily, instead of assaulting me with half-asleep worries or false epiphanies, the night-owl left me with a few follow-up thoughts to my article on Free Will, the Nous and Divine Judgment. For me, at least, they felt like clarifications on ye olde grace vs free will double-bind. Briefly, classic Calvinism creates a double-bind re: the will. If grace is a unilaterally gift given by the will of God to the elect (Calvin's irresistible grace), then human response can seem either pre-determined or unnecessary. This seems wrong to me, since clearly, the Gospel is an authentic invitation calling for a ...

Q&R: Eternal Life – now or later? Brad Jersak

Question The more I experience this beautiful gospel, the more I feel that it’s all about NOW, the present. And trying to know the Father (eternal life) more and more and experience His love for me more and more as well as living out this Love so that others around me could get to know Him and His love for them.​ What are your thoughts on this? Response This is ESPECIALLY true in the Gospel of John where both 'perishing' and 'eternal life' are NOT treated as afterlife concerns (heaven and hell). In John's Gospel, Jesus comes to a world that is already perishing now. Christ comes because his children are in a downward ...

From Hellfire to Laundromat – Brad Jersak

TURN OR BURN BE WASHED! “Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me.And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come into His temple,Even the Messenger of the covenant, whom you desire.Behold, he is coming,” says the Lord Almighty. “But who can endure the day of His coming?And who can withstand His appearance?For He enters like a refiner’s fireAnd as soap in one’s wash!” Malachi 3:1-2 FIRE is the dominant image for divine judgment across the Scriptures. The Fire image varies from foreign invasions to the passionate love of God for his bride. The Fire image can signal forthcoming destruction ...

Is It Possible To Be … Spiritual But Not Religious? Greg Albrecht and Brad Jersak

GREG: Is it possible to be … Spiritual But Not Religious? I’ve previously addressed this topic in sermons and we’ve touched on it in shorter articles as well. But the question is huge because it goes to the morphing of what it means to be church and do church.  Typical 'spirituality surveys' demonstrate that many North Americans believe one can be spiritual without necessarily being religious. Of course, definitions of both words must be considered when this question is pondered. Does ‘spiritual’ refer only to one’s own inner life, or does it acknowledge a spiritual world (including a God) beyond the human soul? Does ...

Question & Response: How should we understand God’s ‘Sovereignty’? – with Brad Jersak

QUESTION: Bradley, my wife and I met you recently at the Grace Conference. I asked a question about sovereignty, and your response addressed misunderstandings of what sovereignty means. Would you please elaborate and give some additional sources for me to look into. We enjoyed the conference and the material you presented. MUCH food for thought and reflection. -- David RESPONSE:  I cover the topic of sovereignty quite thoroughly in A More Christlike God: a More Beautiful Gospel.   I would summarize that work like this: 'Sovereignty' is a biblical synonym for governance or rulership or kingdom. That is, sovereignty denotes the function of ...

Healing our image of the Holy Spirit – Brad Jersak

Photo credit: Fr Lawrence Lew OP/Flickr It's frustrating when our impression of the Holy Spirit of Beauty and Truth is tainted by previous, spiritually abusive associations. Sects that emphasize the work of the Spirit are as prone to spiritual striving and rigid legalism as any religious movement, despite vociferous claims to "freedom." Whether it's the "fire" of Evangelical revivalism, the Pentecostal two-step, tongues-speaking "charismania," the "prayer lines" of the renewal movement, or the politicized "prophets" who are still ranting away, I can testify firsthand that the sought-after "Presence" is not always so sweet when it blows through. ...

Q&R with Brad Jersak – “Do ECT & PSA hold any theological merit for you?”

QUESTION Do ECT (eternal conscious torment) and PSA (penal substitutionary atonement theory) hold any theological merit for you? RESPONSE Only in that some of my brothers and sisters hold these views and I believe we’re meant to continue in fellowship around our shared love for Jesus. I only wish that more Christians who hold those views felt the same way. When these positions are held as essential dogmas necessary for salvation, they too easily become a cause for breaking fellowship (in the name of 'faithfulness'). QUESTION So, is fellowship the best way to treat a theology that was born out of the Genesis 3 disease? RESPO...

CWR video – Brad Jersak – “Jesus the King”

Short 3 minute video on Jesus the King.

Salvation: Three Perspectives (Transactional, Unilateral, Reciprocal) – Brad Jersak

“Salvation”(Gk. soterion – Luke 2:20; 3:6; Acts 28:28; Eph. 6:17; Titus 2:11).Related to: save (sozo); savior (soter). Remember that moment in Christian history or biblical revelation when the people of God arrived at consensus on what “salvation”meant and how it is achieved?  Me neither.  But amid the roiling ocean of competing ideas, opinions and systems, we can occasionally discern currents—popular themes surface through the cacophony and congeal into doctrinal streams. Allow me to identify three visions of salvation that compete for our attention and form our practices. Indeed, one’s image of salvation ...

A More Christlike Way – Receives Rave Reviews

Brad Jersak’s, A More Christlike Way, published by CWRpress in early 2019, continues to receive rave reviews!  Your ability to introduce the Jesus Way in the context of our current highly politicized world and highly politicized religions, offers us something important and unique. I was certainly challenged to reevaluate my own position on the left-right political spectrum in view of your important warnings against making my politics into a new religion.I don’t know if you’ll see this but I wanted to say that your book helped me a lot....I finished it about a month ago and it brought some things to light that I have held in for ...