125 results for tag: Brad Jersak


“Sin”? Missing What Mark? Brad Jersak

Periodically, I hear sin defined as “missing the mark,” as if this grand discovery will repair our misunderstandings about sin, the gospel or God himself. The imagery of a bulls-eye is recycled with each telling. And fair enough. But truly, nearly everyone accepts this definition, from Southern Baptists to Christian Orthodox, or divergent theologies ranging from the “hyper-grace” camp to hellfire fundamentalists. Some crucial clarifications are in order if “missing the mark” is to serve a Christ-centered perspective on sin. The first question can’t be, “What is sin?” but rather, “What is the mark?” Christians generally ...

Healing Weary Words: Sin, Repentance and Justification – Brad Jersak

Healing Weary Words: Sin, Repentance and Justification in the Context of the Incarnation We’re often told “sin” refers to “missing the mark” but then left to assume the mark has to do with moralistic perfection. Rather, the mark, goal or telos of human design and destiny is none other than love union with Trinity, with each other and with our world. To sin (every kind of sin) is to misuse our God-given freedom/energies to turn away from self-giving, other-welcoming love in favor of self-will. As it turns out, our forays into self-centeredness are also self-destructive—a turn from love and life into a wasting disease that would ...

October 2018

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Blair Baker: The Power of Imagination– pg. 3 Richard Rohr: Your Imaginarium – pg. 6 Greg Albrecht: The End of Guilt & Shame – pg. 8 Jared Brock: Bearded Gospel Men – pg. 10 Paul Young & Brad Jersak: Big God, Big Love, Big Cross – pg. 13 Brad Jersak: “Are Jesus' Warnings to Be Taken as Threats?” -pg. 15 CLICK on MAGAZINE COVER BELOW for Flipping Page Format

Inspired by God (Part 1): Inspired, therefore … – Brad Jersak

16 Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the person dedicated to God may be capable and equipped for every good work(2 Timothy 3:16-17). As a young boy, no more than 8-years-old, I had already memorized Paul’s words to young Timothy, with the understanding that every word of Scripture was true in all that it affirmed—we called that “inerrancy” (without error). My temperament, my developmental stage and my faith tradition all leaned to a literalist reading of Scripture, except when we deemed it impossible. So, while we deemed the Bible ...

Are You “Christian”? Brad Jersak

Are You “Christian”? Having firmly identified as an “Ex-vangelical,” a friend of mine was asked whether she would still call herself a Christian. Her answer was necessarily complex since the question involves defining “Christian,” who gets to define it’s and whether we should preserve the word or put it to rest. Frankly, identifying as “Christian” has always been a bit risky, whether because it incited persecution or was co-opted for domination. So, are you a Christian? How do you feel about that word? What if we were to come at the question from a different angle? The following is a thought experiment that may prove productive...

Does God Save Us from God? Brad Jersak

Does God Save Us from God? Twitter statement: “God saves us from God. The One who mercifully drags us out of the rebellious city is the same One who rains down fire upon it.” Thus wrote a popular tweeter whose handle I’ll withhold out of respect and concern. God saves us from God? How so? Penal substitution continues to be the most popular Western answer to the question, “Why did Christ die?” and is the default interpretation for Scripture’s assertion that “Christ died for our sins.” Rather than treating it as one of many atonement theories, major denominations are now doubling down, dogmatizing it as a non-negotiable ...

CWR video – Angry, Retributive Images of God


Breakfast with Brad – T-bone Steak, the UK & How God is Named

In which, over leftover T-bone steak, Brad pitches an "Exploring the Beautiful Gospel" gathering (with Brian Zahnd) in Southhampton, UK (Oct. 26, 2018), then reflects on three ways in which God is named. See below for event details and the 3 ways God is named. CLICK HERE to attend "Exploring the Beautiful Gospel" with Brad Jersak and Brian Zahnd, Oct. 26. 3 ways God is named:  People name God after their experiences of God. Their names are descriptive of how they meet God in their encounters with God. God names himself directly or through angels, such as his self-revelation as Yahweh to Moses, or when his Son is named Emmanuel or ...

“The sprinkled blood that speaks a better word” – Brad Jersak

The cry of Abel's blood echoes through the pages of sacred scripture, as does the "better word" of the sprinkled blood of God's firstborn: Genesis 4 10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” 13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden ...

Breakfast with Brad – Anniversary Casino Breaky & Stuff I’m Workin’ On

In which Brad and Eden enjoy a 32nd anniversary breakfast a Tulalip Casino and Brad shares his latest work. More photos below. My gambling is not with $$ at slot machines, but with the capacity of other to engage the big questions of theology. Correction: Brad mentions working on a chapter of "A More Christlike God," but he was actually referring to his sequel, "A More Christlike Way," due out spring of 2019. (more…)