10 results for tag: mercy


Q&R – Does Christ ‘deny us’? with Brad Jersak

Question: I have a question about Matthew 10:33 and 2 Timothy 2:11-12. Both passages describe Jesus denying us. This seems to be contrary to his nature and contrary to most of the theologians I find myself reading. Yet, I see these statements (among others) that seem to paint Jesus has relatively severe. My task has been to try and see the self-giving God revealed in Jesus and yet not neglect the hard sayings of Jesus. I’ve actually found the task of Christology to be more difficult than I had imagined. Response: Let's start with our shared assumptions, (1) that the God revealed in Jesus Christ is radically inclusive, unfailing Love whose mercy ...

October 2022

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Greg Albrecht: HELP! The Future Has Arrived – pg. 2 Ed Dunn: Today Is a Gift – pg. 5 Brad Jersak: Christianity Without JESUS? – pg. 7

Supersized Mercy: All the Goodness of God – Brad Jersak

At some point in my early Christian training, I inherited the memorable maxim on mercy, Mercy is not getting what you do deserve,Grace is getting what you do not deserve. It seemed clever, so I adopted and often repeated those lines when defining those two important words. As a young pastor, I even posted it as a slogan on the signboard outside our church for passersby to digest. In that model, what we deserved was God’s wrath, so we had effectively reduced the word mercy to withholding punishment. Praying “Lord, have mercy” was akin to pleading, “God, please don’t condemn me!” We could ...

Q&R with Brad – “For God shut up all people”? Romans 11:32

Question I wonder if I could pick your brain on something! I’m battling a severe form of CFS/ME and have been for almost 20 years. I am also going through deconstruction (an almost lethal combination!) and am questioning the goodness and fairness of God. I’ve got really stuck on Romans 11:32. Here’s my dilemma: I didn’t choose/consent to being created and as I read Gen 1-3 it feels like God set us up for failure (putting us near the tree, allowing the serpent in, etc). But then he sends Jesus as the solution to the problem he created. Allowing free will led to absolutely catastrophic consequences. The devastation this illness has ...

January 2022

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Articles: The Narrow Way of Grace – pg. 1 Let the Past Be the Past – pg. 2 Getting Past Your Past – pg. 5 Plain People Doctor – pg. 7 Quotes & Connections – pg. 8

How Hosea found the God of Mercy – Greg Albrecht (with Brad Jersak)

In his 1930 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Green Pastures, Marc Connelly reenacts stories from the Old Testament through exclusively Black characters from the depression-era South – including God. Looking back nearly a century, it's easy to see how racially problematic Connelly's white conception of Black culture and perspective could be. That said, it marked the first Broadway stage production with an all-Black cast and, when the film version (1936) arrived, the bigger complaint (and the reason why some nations banned it) was that the film was allegedly "blasphemous." One wonders if that actually had more to do with the critics' ...

The Cross and the Pandemic by Greg Albrecht

The Cross of Christ in the Midst of This Pandemic. During all the depressing news of these dark days of the COVID-19 pandemic, spirits were lifted and hope soared at the sight of USNS Comfort sailing into New York and USNS Mercy arriving in Los Angeles. There are no denominational or ministry logos adorning these ships – just a red cross. No dogma, no “look at us” – just a look-to-Him Cross. Just Comfort and Mercy. Here is the gospel – here is the message of the Cross of Christ. Comfort and Mercy. Sadly, the only message we hear from many in Christendom is a dogmatic condemnation that COVID-19 is a final warning from God, telling ...

October 2019

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Monte Wolverton: Making Change– pg. 3 Brad Jersak: The Truth About Condemnation– pg. 6 Brian Zahnd: Trying Hard Not to Be Ugly – pg. 8 Laura Urista: What Are We Really Singing? – pg. 10 Blair Baker: Music Ministry: Beyond Manipulation – pg. 12 Richard Rohr: God Is Good – pg. 14 Greg Albrecht: But What About Works -pg. 15

August 2019

CLICK HERE to read now (PDF Format) Greg Albrecht: Healthy Faith or Toxic Religion?– pg. 1 Keith Giles: The Gospel: Information or Transformation?– pg. 6 Brad Jersak: Is Christ in All People or Only in Christians? – pg. 10 Peter Enns: The Bible's True Purpose – pg. 12 Brad Jersak: Three Visions of Salvation -pg. 14

Breakfast with Brad – Justice, Mercy & Guinness

In modern thought, justice = punishment and mercy = withholding punishment. That makes them opposites and creates both a sick society and sick theology. But in the biblical prophetic tradition, justice and mercy kiss. Having had a big English breakfast hours earlier (see below video), Brad waits for his flight in an airport pub and nurses a Guinness to work it all out. Behold, the "full English Breakfast" with gratitude to the Stonehouse Guesthouse in Priorslee, UK.