Sonshift Study will resume May 1st

Because of my busy schedule, the next Sonshift book discussion will be next Monday, May 1st. We will be looking at chapter eight: Faith Shift. I hope you’ve enjoyed the study so far. It’s been very helpful to me for creating a study guide for the book.

Blessings,
Mel

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Why didn’t Jesus get it?

Here’s an irony of all ironies. Jesus was killed by the people who were waiting for Him to come and save. They killed Him because He didn’t look or act like the Messiah of their theology. And since He didn’t agree with their theology, He was a blasphemer and had a demon. Never mind that He healed the sick, cast out demons, raised the dead back to life, and fulfilled their Messianic prophecies. Continue reading

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Quotes: the real problem is idolatry – N.T. Wright

“In most popular Christianity, “heaven” (and “fellowship with God” in the present) is the goal, and “sin” (bad behavior, deserving punishment) is the problem. A Platonized goal and a moralizing diagnosis—and together they lead, as I have been suggesting, to a paganized “solution” in which an angry divinity is pacified by human sacrifice. The zealous theological Boy Scouts have gotten it wrong. Humans are made not for “heaven,” but for the new heavens and new earth. (loc. 1282 *) Continue reading

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Subversive Jesus

In my last post, I said that Jesus explains God to us. If we want to know what God is like, we look at Jesus. Whatever is not like Jesus is not like God. And when we do look to Jesus we find that He totally subverted our violent view of God.

Before I continue, I want to refer to the following posts for further study in order to keep this post as brief as possible. Continue reading

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Jesus exegetes God

Whatever is like Jesus is like God; whatever is not like Jesus is not like God. I’ve said this many times in order to clarify that only Jesus Christ tells us what God is like. And just as important, Jesus interprets the Bible for us. Continue reading

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Splitting God

After the first atomic bomb was successfully detonated by the United States Army at 5:29 am on July 16, 1945 in the New Mexico desert, director of the Los Alamos Laboratory, J. Robert Oppenheimer responded to what he witnessed by quoting from the Hindu scripture, Bhagavad Gita, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” (see the full quote here).  Continue reading

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Christ, the Passover Lamb (Part Two)

We’ve been looking at how Jesus is the Passover Lamb. In part one, I showed the connection between Israel’s deliverance from their slavery in Egypt and our freedom from sin in Christ. Today, we’ll look at how we might understand Jesus as our ransom and how He purchased our freedom as the Passover Lamb. Continue reading

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