The story for me goes something like: Jesus had an intimate, dialectical relationship with religious mythology, and through this found a way to build political power from the people. His relationship to God formed him into an organizer. He revealed a gospel that was material, that sought justice at all costs, that prioritized the poor … Continue reading A Mythology of Jesus
from Thomas J. J. Altizer's The Gospel of Christian Atheism Can we join Zarathustra in his hymn of praise to joy? Can we, too, repudiate every reversal of the present, every flight from pain, every backward movement to eternity? But this is to ask the Christian if he dares to open himself to the Christ who … Continue reading On the Death of God
I don’t exactly know how I tripped into friendship with Jesus. Was there a catalyst? Probably a few. All I really know is that after I read the gospels, I couldn’t stop thinking about Jesus. He felt extremely disturbing, in a way that was attractive, beautiful, and somehow familiar. That sense haunted me until I … Continue reading I don’t care if I’m a Christian
If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. Luke 9:23-24 There are a variety of calls to be “crucified with … Continue reading With whom are you crucified today?
Written by Ben Wood, originally posted on his blog, summeroflove85.wordpress.com Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. (Hebrews, 13.2). Angels are part of the fabric of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, yet their identity is starkly elusive. The word … Continue reading Angels Among Us
In a world characterised by so much brutality and suffering, it is a bold person who still asserts that human beings are ‘made in the image’ of a loving God. If there are marks of divinity in human beings, the deity in question appears to be terrifyingly cruel. In 2015, the Los Angeles Times reported … Continue reading It Takes Guts to Believe that God Loves You
"I am not a God afar off, I am a brother and friend; Within your bosoms I reside, and you reside in me . . ." —William Blake, Jerusalem The Emanation of the Giant Albion As a person who experienced, and continually experiences, a spiritual intervention through the person of Jesus, I cannot help but … Continue reading The Challenges of Incarnation