21 results for tag: Kenneth Tanner


December 2021

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Greg Albrecht: Once Before Time– pg. 2 Laura Urista: Awaiting Arrivals– pg. 5 Kenneth Tanner: The Inalienable Rights of the Incarnation – pg. 6 Brad Jersak: Jesus Christ Before His Birth – pg. 7

The Good & Beautiful Shepherd – Kenneth Tanner

Middle Eastern shepherds in the time of the Bible did NOT break the legs of sheep and carry them on their shoulders to keep them from running away again, or “hold them close to their heart” or whatever myth you heard growing up.  It’s terribly impractical, for one thing. Sheep can weigh up to 75 pounds. It’s a tremendous hindrance to properly caring for the whole flock. It can also permanently disable the sheep.  Imagine having a number of immobilized or broken sheep in a flock. What a mess that would be. The rod of the shepherd was used to defend the flock from predators, not beat the sheep. And the hooked staff was ...

An Apocalypse of Love – Kenneth Tanner

The gospel calls humanity to stop trusting violence. If Jesus is the sovereign Lord of all things, if he is King, not just of heaven but of earth, then today’s gospel (John 18:33-37) tells us that those who are apprenticed to his kingdom have renounced violence as the means by which the world and humanity will be saved. Jesus tells Pilate that his followers don’t fight because his kingdom is not of “this world.” The end of the world that this King promises is not an apocalypse of violence (as if God’s violence will somehow prove greater than humanity’s). Stories of the end that portray Jesus as a more strategic and ruthless general than ...

The “Universe” Does Not Love You – Kenneth Tanner

The universe is vast, mysterious, dark, and lovely (the images of the universe we are the first privileged humans to see blow my mind and provoke deep emotion in me). The cosmos makes us ask questions of time and existence and meaning, some of which we cannot answer. Yet the ones we can answer inspire us to know and see and experience more. The universe is intelligent and beautiful and is created good but it’s not personal and “the Universe” is not a good or a proper way to name God. The “Universe” does not love you, the “Universe” will not raise you from death, the “Universe” is not patient or kind and it does not ...

The Saving, Triune God at the Jordan River – Kenneth Tanner

Forget about explanations and analogies for the Trinity (at least for a moment). Better to walk hand-in-hand with Jesus' disciples down a dusty path to the Jordan. There, among the tall reeds on the bank stands Jesus, who has just walked there from Nazareth, his feet tired, sore, and dirty. Jesus wades in ankle deep. The cool, flowing water is soothing. From here he watches his human brothers and sisters descend one by one, waist-deep, faces drawing near to John the Baptist. They are entering the water to be cleansed, to repent. Jesus has no need for the cleansing, or the change of heart and mind, and yet here he is, his human face set toward ...

The Light has won, is winning & will win – Brad Jersak with Kenneth Tanner

The Light is Winning Passover is coming. A time to remember how the people of God were quarantined in their homes behind blood-marked lintils, praying for deliverance from a deadly pestilence and quietly sharing what they thought might be their last supper. A time to remember Christ's final passover meal, his Last Supper with friends and anticipating the great exodus his own death would achieve. A time to remember that the shroud of death was removed from all people through the victory of his resurrection.  For some, these days are understandably a time of darkness, death and fear. Once again, we hunker down in our homes, wondering when this ...

Is the Lord Among Us? Ken Tanner

As Christians, we do not live in denial about the downsides of existence. We do not deny the presence of evil as pestilence, or of evil as a lack of what is good and sustaining for us as creatures, nor do we ever imagine that these depravations are needed by God to bring about the good in us or in creation (please do not listen to teachers who who say such things). So while squarely facing the realties (with the spectrum of emotions different people feel in troubling times, none of them sinful), we once again hear the first words of the Christian story: Do not be afraid! From within the maelstrom, we trust that the saving hand of God remains with us, ...

Awaiting the Arrival: Love, Power or Nothing – Kenneth Tanner

You either believe that the end is the arrival of power, or you believe that the end is the arrival of nothing, or you believe that the end is the arrival of love. A lot of people believe we are waiting for the arrival of nothing. At the end of their physical life, the person they were is gone forever, disappearing as quickly as the brain cells die, never to return. This is also how they see the end of everything and everyone else. Sooner or later it's all going dark. No ultimate justice. No ultimate mercy. No ultimate meaning. Nothing. Many more people believe we are waiting for the arrival of power, a power that imposes its will on everything and ...

December 2018

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Brad Jersak: Advent, Arrival, Appearance– pg. 1 Eden Jersak: Arrival of Hope– pg. 3 Brad Jersak: Arrival of Peace – pg. 4 Laura Urista: Arrival of Joy – pg. 6 Kenneth Tanner: Arrival of Love – pg. 8 Greg Albrecht: Kingdom of Heaven – pg. 8 Larry Parsley: J.B. Roane and the Case of the Belated Apology – pg. 12 Steve Stewart: Pure and Wonderful Grace – pg. 14 Brad Jersak: “What Lesson Is God Teaching Me?” -pg. 15

April 2018

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

God demands no curtain call (Matt. 23:1-12) – Kenneth Tanner

Matt. 23:1-12 - A warning against attention-seeking Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people's shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, ...

“The Right Hand of the Father” Kenneth Tanner

The hands that crafted humanity from the dust are the hands that grasp Mary's finger as she looks on her infant God with awe. The divine finger that etched the commandment concerning adultery into the stone on Sinai is the human finger that drew in the sand as the frenzied crowd picked up stones to slay the adulteress. The hand that wrote on the palace wall that Belshazzar, the pagan king, had been weighed in the balance and found wanting is the hand that was nailed to the tree and bled for the failures and imbalances of every human tribe. The fingers that set the moons and stars in the cosmos like a master jeweler, smear mud on the eyes of the blind ...