Face to Face with the Consuming Fire

Three verses have long been troubling to me: Exodus 33:20, I Timothy 6:16, and John 1:18. Each of these verses declares that God cannot be seen, either because he is invisible and spirit, or because if we saw him we could no longer live. What is particularly troubling about these verses is that they seem patently false. Genesis 32:30 tells us that Jacob saw God face to face and Exodus 33:11 tells us…

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Racism and the Way of the Cross

Guy Hershberger wrote "The Way of the Cross in Human Relations" in 1958. In the book, he explored the cross as a definition of life in the Kingdom of God and applied it to contemporary challenges. Today, we share an excerpt on the subject of racism. His views on this subject reflect a refusal to conform to the prevailing views of society of his day and even of many "Christians". Instead, he…

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From leaven to loaf: the Kingdom in 2022

Capturing wild yeast in the Tudor period - Source It's quite interesting watching yeast at work. It is everywhere, ostensibly - on the peel of pears and grapes, in the air, etc. Medieval bakers did not quite know what it was, but they knew what it did. They would set a bowl of flour and water out in the field or under an apple tree. Over time, slowly gaining strength and multiplying,…

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(Video) Courageous Love: The Story of Dirk Willems

When our survival instinct kicks in, it's often every man and women for themselves. Yet, in the moment of crisis, one courageous young man, Dirk Willems, made a decision that cost him everything. He chose the way of love. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1Uw-E3tAHU Narration by Patrick Schrock / Video by Rebekah Mui The year was 1569. Holland was under the rule of the Spanish King Philip the Second. The dikes around the village of Asperen…

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(Video) Costly Discipleship: The Witness of Anna Jansz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sca_H9TS9H8 What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus, to count the cost and carry our cross? Anna Jansz, a 16th century martyr, came to faith amidst chaos and revolution in 16th century Holland. She chose the way of Christ and loved not her life until death. In this, she demonstrated the courage and strength of Kingdom womanhood and her last words to an infant son echo to us across…

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“Kingdom Reductionism” and the Atonement Debates – Essay by Dean Taylor

https://youtu.be/ZFsbGgmo4x0 Today I am teaching my students in the historical theology class about the Atonement. I wanted to find some different opinions surrounding the doctrine of the Atonement. I found a few, and I will warn you, these are some pretty strong words. I chose clips that purposefully conflict with each other. Dean Taylor As seen in the video compiled by brother Dean Taylor above, debates around atonement theory in the Christian…

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Justice in the Kingdom: Nonviolence, the State and Human Trafficking | Off-script with Joash Thomas

What does justice mean in the Kingdom of God? When faced with dire situations like enslavement and violence, how do we involve state authorities as Christians? Is there a temptation for Christians to seek power for ourselves in seeking justice for the oppressed? Today, Joash Thomas, National Director of Mobilization and Advocacy with IJM Canada, joins Derek (Fourth Way Podcast), Titus (That Jesus Podcast) and Rebekah for a conversation about justice, the…

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