Is Jesus Too Religious for You? Bradley Jersak

Belief in What Jesus Did As a young Evangelical of the Baptist persuasion, my spiritual tribe taught me a lot of beautiful things about what Christ has done for us. Our preachers sermonized week after week about salvation by grace through faith in Christ crucified and risen, almost always from Paul’s epistles (or so my […]

Q&R “Should ‘the woman caught in adultery’ be in John’s Gospel?

Question In my Bible (NIV), the story of the woman caught in adultery is in italics with a footnote that says, “The earliest manuscripts and many other ancient witnesses do not have John 7:53—8:11. A few manuscripts include these verses, wholly or in part, after John 7:36, John 21:25, Luke 21:38 or Luke 24:53.” If […]

“We Are All Revenants” – Bradley Jersak

Out of chaos, Good News today: the great gift of the Jesus Way is not so much the Church’s ability to survive its own self-inflicted death. Rather, we marvel at how it can continually die and rise again. In the midst of the storm, Hope today: even in the great darkness of the Church’s imperial […]

Q&R – What is your take on ‘Original Sin’? Brad Jersak

Question: Good morning, brother. We sure appreciate you and all your hard work! Do you have a talk on “Original Sin”? This is what has messed up Evangelicals like me for 50 years! Response: “Original sin” is a doctrine rooted in Augustine’s misinterpretation of Romans 5:12. The text actually says, “…” Augustine famously interpreted this […]

“If I had been God…” Bradley Jersak

“If I had been God, … I believe I would have done a better job.”  -Roger Waters, “Déjà Vu” “I like the song God wrote better. The one that says, ‘If I was a human, I’d do a better job.’ And he did.” -Jason Upton Full disclosure: Pink Floyd fan here. They’re often playing throughout […]

“This is my beloved son. …YIELD to him.” – Brad Jersak

“This is my beloved son. …yield to him.” —Luke 9:35 (Amp) Yield. There’s a word we see a lot but no longer say a lot. We see the word or its symbol on many a residential street corner and it’s implied at every yellow light. But in terms of modern English, the word has narrowed […]

Death: My Orthodox & Existentialist Experience – Brad Jersak

My experience of Christian Orthodoxy (an experience lived through prayer) involves a lot of engagement with death. I have not connected all the dots, but I have identified a few of the dots themselves: Key verse: Hebrews 2:14-15 “Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through […]

Q&R – Harmonizing Judgment & Redemption Texts – Brad Jersak

Question How do we best harmonize the Bible’s ‘eschatological’ texts? Some described unmitigated judgment and permanent destruction for the majority of the human race, while other passages seem to announce the redemption of everyone in the end. How do we hold both descriptions together? Can we? Or are these really contradictory? For example, how can […]

Reading the Scriptures as Gospel: Figuratively – Brad Jersak

“If you aren’t reading the Scriptures allegorically, you aren’t reading them as gospel.” —Fr. John Behr John Behr’s provocative statement surely triggers the Evangelical allergy for allegory, betraying a hermeneutic co-opted by modernism that privileges the literal sense into literalism. Is Behr’s bold claim hyperbole? How far is too far? Has he opened the door […]