Category: Jesus



How @OreillyFactor Really Feels About His #KillingJesus? (VIDEO)

Check the blog of nearly any trustworthy academic who has reviewed Bill O’Reilly’s new book, Killing Jesus, and you will find that Bill O. messed up. Badly.

I was able to obtain some footage of his reaction and plans to remedy the situation:

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SERMON from 6-16-13: “Open Outcry”

This past Father’s Day, I preached on Psalm 5.1-8.  Here’s part 1: Here’s part 2:

David Barton – @DavidBartonWB – Hoisted By His Own Petard

According to Wikipedia, a petard (peh-tard) is a French bomb meant to deal fatal damage upon one's enemy. Once in a while, a petardier would fail to detonate a petard far enough away from himself – and would, thereby, be hoisted in the air by the explosion. David Barton failed to get his petard far

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SERMON from Easter Sunday 2013: Last Words From The Road to Emmaus

Luke 24.13-23 (CEB) On that same day, two disciples were traveling to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking to each other about everything that had happened. While they were discussing these things, Jesus himself arrived and joined them on their journey. They were prevented from recognizing him. He said

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“We’re wrong for taking the gospels literally”

My theologian friends will no doubt be acquainted with John Dominic Crossan.  He is a theologian and biblical scholar, and spends much time filming documentaries about Jesus and Jesus’ life.  More on him in a bit.

I am currently embroiled in the second to last semester of my seminary career.  I am taking a New Testament class.  We read numerous books and watch numerous clips from documentaries, like I mentioned above.  For our assigned classwork this week, there is a clip from a PBS documentary called From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians.  It’s part of a section on the gospel of Matthew.

I wanted to share this with you.  Maybe you have some thoughts on it.  Maybe you will just enjoy it.  However, Dr. Crossan shows up towards the very end and makes a statement I would definitely like to get your feelings on.

Why?  I’m around seminary types very often.  They are my friends and I attend seminary along side of them.  However, as far as hearing the opinion of the faithful in the pew, I don’t get to hear that as much as I would like.

Mr. Crossan says that he believes that the original authors didn’t intend for us to read their work literally.  For this reason, he believes that we are wrong for reading the text literally.  Here’s the whole clip, with the aforementioned opinion happening nearly at the end:

UPDATE: The code I got from the PBS website would not work.  So, please find the clip here.

Before you leave, make sure to leave your opinion below!

Thanks for going to school with me:)

SERMON from 12-16-12: A Response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

Psalm 126 1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,*
 we were like those who dream. 
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
 and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
 ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ 
3 The Lord has done great things for us,

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Spitballing the Future of the Church: Small and Rural Edition

  On The Verge: A Look Into The Apostolic Future of The Church is a book written by Alan Hirsch and Dave Ferguson.  In it, Hirsch posits that the church became the power structure and lost it’s status as a vital movement.  Essentially, the church becoming the power structure – at about the time Constantine

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@GlennBeck is Fasting

    On his broadcast this morning, radio talk show host and burgeoning media mogul Glenn Beck shared with his audience of millions that he and his co-hosts were fasting for God’s will to be done during this campaign season.  Oopsy. You see, fasting is not really supposed to be something you go around telling

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“Hitler, Obama And The UMC: Three Peas In A Pod”

Now that I have your attention…I need you to read this entire post. I only created this headline so people might read this post, because I feel more passionately about this than anything I have ever done as a minister of the gospel. I never desired this blog to be a place where criticism of

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SERMON from 5-12-12: “I AM the Light of the World”

John 8.12-20   12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” 13 Then the Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even

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