Tag Archives: Following Jesus

About Following Christ

I get asked from time to time by atheists and skeptics why I make a distinction between following Christ and Christianity, or religion. To be clear, I do consider myself a Christian. The problem is that it’s a loaded word … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Subversive Kingdom – Part Thirteen

God is, first and foremost, about relationship. There has never been a time when God was alone, nor has He ever done anything alone. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was … Continue reading

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Does Jesus poison everything?

The late great atheist, Christopher Hitchens, said that religion poisons everything (God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything) “…organized religion is “violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism, tribalism, and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Subversive Kingdom – Part Six

Who is truly a good and moral person? Can you describe it without giving the typical religious non-answer? (“No one is righteous, not one!”, etc.) As I said in part five, philosophers and scholars had been trying to answer this question for centuries … Continue reading

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The sheer brilliance of Jesus and His overcoming life

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

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I will build my life upon Your love (Housefires)

Today is my birthday. I was introduced to this planet 61 years ago (on a Sunday). And like everybody else, spent the rest of my time trying to figure out why I’m here. After about 45 years of wandering and … Continue reading

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About ideology, demagoguery, and contemplation

This recent video from John Crowder is not really about Trump, American politics, immigration, antichrists, or whatever we think we should be for or against. It’s about something far more important, and it pretty much sums up my own thoughts. Regardless of what you think of … Continue reading

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