59 results for tag: Jesus


The Walking Wounded

by Greg Albrecht The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.—Psalm 34:17-18 When we think of the term "walking wounded," we usually consider warriors who served their country, whose wounds are visible and known, as well as those whose wounds are not as apparent. Most recently, we are familiar with The Walking Wounded who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. While one of the tragic consequences of any war is The Walking Wounded left in its wake, one of the most publicized examples goes back a generation. You ...

Attend Church or Else!

by Greg Albrecht Editor's Note: Just what it means to "be" and "do" and "go to" church is a controversial topic within Christendom. Of course there are vested interests, so that the discussion is rarely objective. One of our readers/listeners introduced this conversation, as he reported his response to an article by a pastor (in italics) he felt to be manipulative and self-serving (our reader's response in regular type). We invite you to be the judge of that! My wife recently brought home a pastoral newsletter from the church she occasionally attends. I read the lead article and couldn't believe what I was reading. Have I just gone completely ...

August 2017

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 CLICK on MAGAZINE COVER BELOW for Flipping Page Format

“I Haven’t Seen You Lately!”

By Greg Albrecht— A friend of mine who attends her church on a fairly regular basis missed a few weeks in a row. When she returned, one of the "church ladies" greeted her with: "I haven't seen you lately!" Of course, the "church lady" meant she hadn't seen my friend lately at church, and that was a cause for concern. "I haven't seen you lately" might include the following thoughts: • First, let's assume the best. This greeting might be intended to communicate the fact that my friend was genuinely missed, and that her return was warmly welcomed. However, "I am glad to see you. How are you?" might avoid the extra helping of guilt and ...

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 ...

The Canary in the Coal Mine

By Greg Albrecht— Years ago, coal miners took a caged canary down into the mine with them, because canaries are extremely sensitive to carbon monoxide and methane. The earliest mines didn't have ventilation systems, so canaries helped detect toxic gases long before humans could. The canaries served as a warning system, an audible and a visual cue as to the condition of the air the miners were breathing. As long as the miners could see that the canary was alive, and could hear the canary singing, the miners knew that the air was safe to breathe. A silent, dead canary meant that the miners needed to evacuate immediately—their environment ...

I Was Once a Card-Carrying Cult Member

By Greg Albrecht— I was once a card-carrying cult member. I bought into the teachings of Herbert W. Armstrong (the collective body of these teachings today is often called Armstrongism) hook, line and sinker. I was a true believer. It's fascinating to see the reactions of people when I tell them I was once in a cult. If I'm talking with a group of people and the subject comes up, it's as if all the air has suddenly been sucked out of the room. Everyone gets really quiet, while they wait for me to start telling lurid stories about how I once sacrificed goats and defaced cemeteries. Polite society, especially "good, church-going folks" tend to ...

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

By Greg Albrecht— We hear the word "love" a lot at this time of the year—we see hearts liberally sprinkled everywhere as Valentine's Day is promoted and observed. Let's spend some time thinking about God's love. When we were a lot younger than we are now, back in the olden days, when we had a crush on someone, and we weren't really sure whether they liked us or not, we would find a flower and begin to pull its petals, playing the "he loves me, he loves me not" game. The last petal left on the flower answered the question, didn't it? Many of us, without critically analyzing it, actually reduce ourselves to playing a similar game with God. ...

January 2017

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 CLICK on MAGAZINE COVER BELOW for Flipping Page Format

Jul-Aug 16

Articles: Beatitudes--Part 4 - page 1 I Fought the Law - page 2 Obedience is Dangerous - page 5 Is Jesus a Protestant? - page 7