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The Pearl of Great Value
By Greg Albrecht— Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.—Matthew 13:45-46 We turn our attention to one of Jesus' parables about the kingdom of heaven. In the Authorized King James Version the parable is called The Pearl of Great Price. As I normally use the New International Version, we'll refer to it by the title given to it in that translation, The Pearl of Great Value. Here's the widely accepted Christian interpretation of this parable: The merchant is you or me. We decide to look for Christ, and finally, after ...
CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Brad Jersak: Why Did Jesus Die? – pg. 3 Kenneth Tanner: Lazarus' Story is the World's Story – pg. 6 Greg Albrecht: The Church: It's the People, Not the Steeple – pg. 9 Stephen Crosby: The Cleansing of the Temple: Did Jesus Sanction Violence? – pg. 12 Greg Albrecht: “Who's Going to Heaven?” -pg. 15
When the Incarnation Gets Personal – Michael Frack
The thing about Christmas and the Incarnation that every now and then breaks through my stoic emotional defenses and leaves me blubbering like a child, is that God, the Maker of Heaven and Earth, who sits on the Throne above every Throne, loves not just the human race in general, but loves me, cares enough for me, that he took on my flesh and my frame and came to be like me – that he came to know my suffering, and my darkness, and my pain – and that he came to be rejected as I am rejected. That he came into my mess to make his home in my despair, to live his life in the places where I can only see pain and death. That he came to take the ...
CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Brad Jersak: Moving On... Faith after Evangelicalism – pg. 1 Brian Zahnd: Vive la Revolution! – pg. 7 Zack Hunt: Do Only Christians Go to Heaven? – pg. 8 Danielle Schroyer: On Wisdom Amidst the Crowd – pg. 11 Brad Jersak: Teaching the Cross to Children – pg. 12 Richard Rohr: Trinitarian Revolution – pg. 14 Greg Albrecht: “Is the Bible 'the Word of God'?" -pg. 15
Does Paul Young’s “The Shack” Teach Universalism? – Stuart Hazeldine (director of the movie)
Paul Young is on record as saying he is a ‘hopeful Universalist’, for which there is much precedent amongst the early church fathers. And in a way, who isn’t? Does anyone not wish that ultimately everyone will see God for who He really is then lay down their sinful and selfish ways and embrace him? Does anyone actively want to see anyone else punished for all eternity? I certainly don’t.
The End of Religion – Zack Lacy
It’s been a rough start and it’s going to be a long journey, but Jesus is slowly leading me out of the destructive lies that religion has fed me. I started following Jesus about seven years ago, but before that and along the way I believe the most destructive thing that has happened has been the false lies I have been taught about who Jesus really was and what it really means to follow him. I speak from the disillusionment of my own life. And I’m learning that many others do too. Fil Anderson, author of Running on Empty and Breaking the Rules, is an author and spiritual director. Listen as he writes that, “an especially significant problem ...
CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Articles: Faith in Jesus or Faith in Sinai? – pg. 1 Religion - Where is the Love? – pg. 2 Cargo Cult Christianity - All about Appearances – pg. 5 Missed Opportunity – pg. 7 Quotes & Connections – pg. 8
Articles: Beatitudes--Part 4 - page 1 I Fought the Law - page 2 Obedience is Dangerous - page 5 Is Jesus a Protestant? - page 7