Hey Guys! We just completed a series on Jesus’ early work in Galilee and I would like to know your preferences for the next series. The new topic will begin the first of the year, with non-series posts between now and then.
Here are brief descriptions of several potential topics for you to consider. Please let me know your first choice for what you would like to see. You can also add comments, suggest a topic not on the list, or indicate a ‘second choice’ in the comments section below.
Continuing the Jesus Study
One option is to follow-up the recently completed Jesus Begins His Work study. Possible follow-ups are:
What Does Jesus Teach His Followers? We do not hear much of Jesus’ actual teaching in Jesus Begins His Work, but immediately after that he chooses his apostles and begins to teach them and the crowds. This series will look at his teaching; we will be especially interested to see if he teaches judgment, condemnation, legalism, or other religious baggage, or whether he demonstrates love, reconciliation, and acceptance.
What Jesus Says about the Kingdom of God and Its Significance. When I mention the kingdom of God in an article, I often get questions about what the kingdom of God is, or what it means. People sometimes assume it is the same as the church or worldwide Christendom, but this is not the case. Others mistakenly seem to think it refers to ‘heaven’ or a condition at the end of time. We will look at what Jesus says about this very important issue.
Jesus Confronts the Pharisees. In Jesus Begins His Work, Jesus has several brushes with the Pharisees; those conflicts escalate as his work continues. Many of the passages people exhibit as examples of Jesus’ judgment relate to his interactions with the Pharisees. Part of our goal will be to examine those passages to determine whether Jesus is, in fact, judgmental and condemnatory.
Other Jesus Topic (specify). If there is another topic of Jesus’ life and work you would like to suggest, you can do so in the comments section.
Some of the most popular topics on the blog are about harmful religious beliefs (baggage) we were taught in our various traditions. You might prefer a series along those lines.
What the Bible is Not. The Bible, of course, is of major importance to believers; but it is important to understand and approach the Bible properly. This series will focus on proper and improper approaches to the Bible, and we will also look at several invalid ways people use the Bible.
How Should We Understand Sin and Salvation? A very difficult and harmful problem for some believers is an unhealthy theory of what sin is and how we should deal with ‘sin’. Closely associated with this is an equally harmful theory of how ‘salvation’ works. We will discuss both.
Rapture Theology and End Times Baggage. One of the first doctrines I questioned, examined, and rejected was dispensationalism, which is most known for its rapture and end-times theology. But it also includes several other harmful and terribly misguided beliefs.
Other Doctrinal Topic (specify). If there is another topic on harmful religious baggage you would like to suggest, you can do so in the comments section.
I hope you will participate and give me some direction. I can really use it!