Q&R with Bradley Jersak – Damned Goats – “Eternal Punishment”? in Matthew 25

Question:  How does Matthew 25:31-46 not contradict the grace and mercy of God and God’s desire that all shall be saved? 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels…. 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the […]

Turn or Burn? Elder Brother Evangelism – Brad Jersak

“Turn or Burn!” How did the good-news invitation of God’s love, revealed in the life message of Jesus, become a bad-news ultimatum, distilled crassly by “Turn or Burn” evangelists? Sure, the hellfire evangelists love to prooftext Jesus’ own words from Luke 13:5, “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” I’m […]

You can now pre-order “Out of the Embers” (by Bradley Jersak)

Now available for pre-order OUT OF THE EMBERS:  FAITH AFTER THE GREAT DECONSTRUCTION by Bradley Jersak foreword by Brian Zahnd CLICK HERE to order now Description: Deconstruction: Trendy brand name for falling away from belief in God? Or a process essential to authentic faith? Liberation or trauma? Prison break or exile? It’s complicated. Just like […]

Bradley Jersaks foreword to Alvin Kimel’s “Destined for Joy”

Alvin Kimel, Destined for Joy Foreword by Bradley Jersak With great joy, I have for a decade followed Fr. Aiden Kimel as he forged a path of inquiry that unveiled answers, advanced an exploration that yielded discovery, and posited a hope that became deep conviction—for me and in many others. His biblical, historical, and philosophical posts have completely convinced me […]

Expanding Mercy – Every Kindness of God – Bradley Jersak

At some point in my early Christian training, I inherited the memorable maxim, Mercy is not getting what you do deserve, Grace is getting what you do not deserve. It seemed clever, so I adopted and often repeated those lines when defining those two important words. As a young pastor, I even posted it as […]

Q&R: Why did Jesus choose only male disciples?

QUESTION Do you have any thoughts on why Jesus chose twelve men for his group, but no women in his inner circle? RESPONSE Excellent question! The short answer: he didn’t! What helps me most on this question is examining the way the disciples wrote each of the four Gospels, noting where they are not identical. […]

“Let the Peace of Christ reign in your heart” – Bradley Jersak

“Let the peace of Christ reign in your hearts” – Colossians 3:15 This morning I’m feeling peaceful, despite the usual congenital temptation to pick up lurking worries. I’ve had some outside help… I’ve been enjoying a coffee on my deck, sitting with my baby grandson (who’s singing to me sweetly), and feeding peanuts to some adolescent […]

Bradley Jersak – Anthropomorphisms & Incarnation

Question I’m reading your chapter in A More Christlike Word on Cassian and Ambrose. I find it really helpful to have the Fathers speaking about the question of “anthropomorphism.” The question that keeps rattling around as I read is that this is great when we apply it to the negative things we attribute to God, but […]

“I look for… the life of the age to come.” Bradley Jersak

“I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the age to come. Amen.”  – the Nicene Creed The Nicene Creed was a gift of the fourth-century church and represents their memory of the gospel of Jesus Christ, delivered through the apostles to all those who would confess their faith at baptism […]