[Note: I do not enjoy calling out individual Christians by name, and I try to be as charitable as possible when handling theological divisions among the Body of Christ. But sometimes, when real people’s lives are on the line and injustices are being committed in Jesus’ name, if we do not openly challenge and oppose such ideas, we are as guilty as those endorsing and approving them. This is such a case. Palestinian brothers and sisters in Christ are being–and have been–removed from land they’ve lived on for centuries, and Scripture is being used to justify this practice. Shame on those who wield the Sword of the Spirit in an unworthy manner. Remember, those who are called to teach God’s word will be held to a higher standard…including anything I say below!]
“…Instead, he lived with what he calls “the darkness”…and his portrait of the darkness is one of the most VIVID and HEART-BREAKING depictions of the true nature of Sin and the destruction it wreaks within the souls of humanity that I’ve ever read.”
“As I’m sure this post will rub many of my fellow Christians the wrong way, feel free to leave comments, criticism or questions below. However, just as I have tried to be as respectful as possible of what believe to be an utterly false teaching held by utterly sincere brothers and sisters, please extend the same courtesy in your responses.”
There’s a reason that only 2 of the Gospels even deal at all with Jesus’ birth narrative, yet all 4 deal with the crucifixion–with John’s Gospel devoting almost half of the entire book to the events of the Passion week.
“As I’ve said many times throughout this discussion, if fellow followers of Jesus cannot discuss this issue charitably and honestly, what hope do other cultures/groups/governments who are without Messiah have? Thus this truly is a form of ministry–one of the most practical forms of ministry, I would argue–to a watching world in need of healing and reconciliation.”
“…my good friend Jacob Isaacson (a Jewish follower of Jesus) has been in an honest, sometimes-heated, and very important discussion with my friend Rana (a Palestinian follower of Jesus).”
Take that, Mayans!!
“As a teacher of Scripture, who is also a single guy in his early 30s, the topic of women in the Bible is one that I would like to look at in a different light than your typical Liz Curtis Higgs/Beth Moore/Kay Arthur approach.”
The conclusion to the seminar, including a look at the “Two Book” approach to the Bible and Science…
“What is the church’s stance on evolution and intelligent design?” “Why does God command killing in the OT?” “Did Judas have a choice whether or not to betray Jesus?”