150 results for tag: Brad Jersak


Spring 2015

Articles: Welcome to CWRm!  - p4 The Truth Is Beautiful -p6 Abraham Lincoln: A "None" Before His Time -p7 Walking Where Jesus Walked? -p14 Politics & Christ-Followers -p16 Just How Does "Dying for Our Sins" Work? -p17 Deserve's Got Nothing to Do With It -p18 Up Against Religion -p20 God Lets His Children Tell the Story -p21 Massacres in the Name of Religion -p23 Why the Cross Matters -p25 More than a Magazine (2014 Year in Review) -p26 Whitney Houston: Was She or Wasn't She?? -p28

Mar-Apr 2015

Articles: Gateway to the Gospels: Mark - page 1 Everything for Nothing - page 2 The New Covenant: Part 1 - page 4 Reading & Understanding the Bible: Part 1 - page 6 Seeking the Kingdom? - page 7  

CWRlive Event: Brad Jersak interviews Derek Flood on “Disarming Scripture”

A God of love and genocide? For many Christians the problem of violence in Scripture can result in a crisis of faith--especially when we see how such passages have been used throughout history to justify horrific bloodshed in God's name. Moving beyond typical conservative and liberal approaches, which seek either to defend or whitewash over violence in the Bible, Derek Flood's Disarming Scripture takes a surprising and compelling approach: Learning to read the Bible like Jesus did. In this inaugural CWRlive event, Brad Jersak, author of 'A More Christlike God,' interviewed Derek Flood in order to explore this creative approach which ...

Jan-Feb 2015

Articles:  Transitions: Past, Present & Future - page 1 Jesus -- Superior and Supreme - page 8 Gateway to the Gospels: Matthew - page 13 Death, Loss, Pain & Laughter - page 16 All Jesus, All the Time - page 17 Grace & Response: First Things First - page 19 The "Typhoon of Steel" - page 22 Why We Believe What We Believe - page 23 The Kiln - page 30 You and Me and Our Father - page 31  

Calvary: Crucifixion as Torture, Cross as Hope – Brad Jersak

Trite or true, we're each and all on a journey, not quite sure whether any given year, week or moment is really ascent or descent -- the calm before a storm or the dark before dawn. I see this tension in the biblical story of Calvary, at once a crucifixion and a Cross, the intersection of goodness and affliction, of torture and hope. At Calvary, we see the violence of religious fanaticism married to national security ... and we see the humility, forgiveness and self-giving love of God. I hear this tension in Augustine, who is quoted in the movie, Calvary, as saying, "Do not despair; one of the thieves was saved. Do not presume; one of the thieves ...

Retribution and Rhetoric in the NT Epistles – Brad Jersak with Peter Hordern

The following is a dialogue between Brad Jersak and Peter Hordern, about Pauls' use of retribution language (in 2 Thessalonians 1), rhetorical criticism and the nonviolence of God. Peter: I'm continuing to wrestle with the idea of God as nonviolent. I feel like I see the truth of God's nonviolence through Christ and his teachings, particularly on forgiveness. However, then I also read what Paul writes, especially in his epistles to the Thessalonians, which refer to end times and Gods punishment. What do we do with that? Is it our wishful thinking that God really is as loving as we want Him to be? Or do we pass off Paul's writings as a man ...

Psalm 58 – King David’s First Mashup – Brad Jersak

Mashups Definition: MASHUP (n.) -- a musical track comprising the vocals of one recording placed over the instrumental backing of another. I love mashups. The definition above tells you what they are, but doesn't tell you what they do, which is to say, how they function. And how they function is often the funnest and most clever part. When a melody is very familiar, we will come to associate a message with the melody itself. If, then, someone does a mashup with lyrics from a song that carries a very different message, the incongruity can be very striking. The combination then acts ironically or satirically to provoke thought, to drive home an ...

That I Would Be Good – Brad Jersak

Socrates - What is the good life? What is the good life?  How can I be good person? These were the questions that Socrates asked in Plato's dialogues, 300 years before Christ. Being good mattered to him. He wanted to know what being good looked like and how to become that kind of person.  His own conclusion was that the good life was to live virtuously -- that is, according to the ancient virtues of prudence [wisdom in action], justice, temperance [i.e. self-control] and courage. Not bad, I'd say. The world would no doubt be a much better place if we all lived by such standards.  You get similar lists in the Scriptures as well. ...

‘Biblical Orthodoxy’ in popular usage – Brad Jersak

 This article was inspired by and in response to Andrew Klager's piece on The Contradictory, Convenient, and Self-Serving Impulses in Selective Biblical Literalism. He addressed the buzz to and fro regarding Michael Gungor's supposed departure from 'biblical orthodoxy.' Nothing new under the sun. But I've noticed some oddities about this phrase 'biblical orthodoxy' in its popular usage.  First, I like 'biblical.' I like 'orthodoxy.' I work very hard to be both, especially seeking to attend to the Scriptures and the Church Fathers. I seek to align with them rather than bringing something novel. But something happens ...

Sinead O’Connor: “Take me to church, but not the ones that hurt …” by Brad Jersak

"Take me to church but not the ones that hurt 'Cause that ain't the truth" Sinead O'Connor Just because someone has been hurt badly or offended greatly in the context of a 'church' (whatever that means) and has stormed away in anger and wailed and railed about ... does not mean they have renounced love or forgiveness or the need for a safe place to belong. It does not mean they've shut out their own conscience or have no regrets about harm they've done. It does not mean they've let go of their own beautiful song ... songs of love and joy and lament and healing.   Within Sinead O'Connor's beautiful repertoire, ...

Christ-centered faith vs Christless religion/spirituality – Brad Jersak

Lately, I’ve been noticing subtle differences between the popular ‘spirituality vs. religion’ and ‘faith vs. religion' Some prefer ‘spirituality’ because it only implies one’s own spiritual self or soul (sans any god at all). So hiking the mountains is ‘spiritual’ because it nurtures the soul. True enough. However,  I personally prefer to speak of ‘faith’ because my spiritual self or my soul has been freed and fed by a Love greater than my own … and indeed, faith freed me from religion in a way that spirituality hadn’t. As one Orthodox priest says, ‘Religion is a neurological disease and faith is its cure.’ I’m ...

Seinfeld and Michael Richards in Honest Conversation – Brad Jersak

"Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" A while back, Jerry Seinfeld created a little internet series called "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" -- a chance to improvise the chemistry of spontaneous moments with various actors and comedians from his world. The episode that grabbed my attention was his connection with Michael Richards, who played Kramer on "Seinfeld," the sitcom about nothing (by its own testimony). The Richards episode of "Comedians in Cars" is viewable here: http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/michael-richards-its-bubbly-time-jerry What struck me were Richards' reflections and regrets on that fateful night at the Comedy Club ...