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Jan
9
My Compassion Radio interview on the Holy Land (part 2)

My Compassion Radio interview on the Holy Land (part 2)

Hey Dojo readers, Here is part 2 from my interview with Compassion Radio about Christians in Bethlehem. If you missed part 1 you can find it at http://jmsmith.org/blog/compassion-radio-1 For links to a number of resources that explore this subject in much more detail from a variety of perspectives, as well as a 90-min friendly debate I […]

Dec
13
My Compassion Radio interview on the Holy Land (part 1)

My Compassion Radio interview on the Holy Land (part 1)

Hi Dojo readers. I hope you’re having a wonderful Advent season. I wanted to share a 2-part interview I did for Compassion Radio regarding the state of Christians in the town of Jesus’ birth, Bethlehem. The Christmas hymns, pageants and church displays stand in stark contrast to the realities on the ground that our brothers […]

Mar
21
Do we know if Jesus actually existed in history?

Do we know if Jesus actually existed in history?

Hi Dojo readers, While working on a drawing last week, I was listening to “The Fighter and the Kid“, a very popular MMA/comedy podcast, and the hosts were discussing a celebrity who had compared himself in importance to Jesus. Now the podcast is definitely NOT Christian (in fact, the language is exceedingly R-rated at times, so listener be […]

Sep
23
A “TULIP” for non-Calvinists

A “TULIP” for non-Calvinists

When it comes to theological pedigree among Protestants, many Christians have been led to believe that the subset of Reformed Theology known as “Calvinism” is the absolute pinnacle of intellectual Biblical-theological thought. If one is serious about theology (rather than folk-religion or “man-made doctrines”), one is a Calvinist, plain and simple. It is the teaching […]

Apr
17
Star Wars, George Lucas and…text criticism?

Star Wars, George Lucas and…text criticism?

“As I was watching the video I was struck by this simple idea: What these geeks (I use that term lovingly and as one myself!) are doing is exactly what Biblical text-critical scholars do every day!”

Mar
10
United Methodists and same-sex ethics forum (video)

United Methodists and same-sex ethics forum (video)

“Regardless of your position, if you are interested in the future of Methodism as it pertains to the topic of sexual ethics and inclusiveness, please watch and share this post with your Pastor, District Superintendent, Lay Leaders and Bishop.”

Feb
6
A non-Calvinist version of TULIP

A non-Calvinist version of TULIP

“Calvinism has been summed up in various ways over the centuries, but the most popular summarization of its five main tenents (also known, to Calvinists as the “Doctrines of Grace”) is with the acronym “TULIP”

Sep
18

Avoiding cult-like groups that use Biblical-sounding language

How can we identify such teachers or movements? There’s no cookie-cutter method for delineating between unlearned zeal and full-fledged cultishness. However, here are a few points I find helpful to keep in mind when encountering such people…

Apr
14
Sitting on the floor in Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum)

Sitting on the floor in Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum)

” I knew that I had to spend an afternoon at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem in order to come face to face with the unbelievable suffering and horrors that my Jewish brothers and sisters endured less than a century ago in Europe.”

Apr
11
Jesus, Scripture, Israel & Palestine

Jesus, Scripture, Israel & Palestine

We barely had time to scratch the surface last night, but it was a great introduction to the numerous strands that make up the knot…

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