Category Archives: the invitation

Jesus Says, “I Will Give You Rest” not “I Will Give You More Burdens”

Many say the foundational passage of the New Testament is John 3:16. Even young children can quote it: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish … Continue reading

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Homeschoolers, I Need Your Help!

As some of you know, I am writing a short series on problems within fundamentalist homeschooling circles. However, I know that criticism of a segment of the homeschooling community is sometimes seen as a reflection on homeschooling in general. I … Continue reading

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Has Some Believers’ Focus on ‘Getting Saved’ Replaced Jesus’ Message of the Good News?

When we are attracted to Jesus and want to follow him, how do we go about doing that? Many believers would answer, “Get saved by responding to a salvation presentation and praying some form of the sinner’s prayer admitting you … Continue reading

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Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty

During the entire year of 1976 (the bicentennial), my denomination used a special logo in its publications. Recently, I came across a book mark from that campaign while cleaning out a storage space. It depicts George Washington crossing the Delaware and … Continue reading

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Gays and the Inclusiveness of Jesus

When I began to consider whether God accepted gays, I started studying. One advocate stated definitively that Jesus himself accepted gays. This was very encouraging and I listened eagerly for the evidence because I couldn’t think of any scriptures to … Continue reading

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What is the Good News of Jesus?

In the New Testament are four books that tell about the life and message of Jesus. They are called the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The word ‘gospel’ simply means good news (εὐαγγέλιον)—the good news of Jesus. The English … Continue reading

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The Hope of Theologically Progressive Evangelicalism: Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Progressive Christian Blogs issued an invitation for bloggers to write posts on the hope of progressive Christianity. I chose to write on the hope of theologically progressive evangelicalism. In preparation, I posted articles on 19th century evangelicalism, fundamentalism, and current … Continue reading

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