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Category Archives: Freedom
“The war is over. His love has come, to call us daughters and sons. No longer orphans without a home; we have found where we belong.” These are some of the lyrics of Josh Baldwin’s song, “The War Is Over” … Continue reading
Jesus’ teachings are subversive because they represent a total inversion of what is commonly praised in our culture. He reveals two kingdoms in sharp contrast. It’s a ” first shall be last and the last shall be first” paradigm that confounds the wise and eludes the proud. … Continue reading
It should be of interest to us that we never hear Jesus say, “Repeat this prayer after Me and you’ll be saved.” He simply said, “Follow Me.” Our life in Christ is just that…a new and very different life than the one we … Continue reading
I agree with writers like Dallas Willard (Divine Conspiracy) who’ve said that Jesus’ teachings are the most brilliant in human history. Especially what’s been dubbed the “Sermon On the Mount” (Matthew 5 – 7). This teaching goes beyond mere behavior modification or … Continue reading
“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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading