Who was Crucified for Speaking Truth to Power -


If you have been reading my blog it will come as no surprise that I no longer believe that Jesus came to die for our sins, so that we can go to heaven when we die. It is not that I don’t believe in eternal life w...

One of the great arguments at progressive seminaries is weather it matters that Jesus was brought back to life in bodily form after his crucifixion.  This is a question that has only been asked with more than one answer for the last 100 years or so.  Before that people...

Who was Crucified


The man they called Jesus of Nazareth was crucified on a Roman cross around the year 33.  The Roman cross was reserved for those people who publicly tried to subvert the Roman Empire.  These criminals of the state were called insurrectionists....

I grew up in Northern Minnesota where my dad was the pastor of two small churches.   The names of the towns were Embarrass and Forbes.  I don’t remember much about them except that they were small, rural, farming and iron mining communities.  I do remember two things....


There is a story in the Gospel of John where Jesus meets a man who was blind since birth.  The oddity of someone being born blind causes Jesus’ disciples to ask a theological question. They wanted to know who’s fault it was that this man was born blind.  “W...


The first time I lived near a big city was when I was 21, it was Portland Oregon.  I remember driving through the city and seeing men wearing dirty clothes, pushing shopping carts full of belongings.  Some of them muttered  foul things under their breath....


Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he.  This is one of the lines to a Sunday School song I learned when I was a wee little boy.  Actually, the Zacchaeus of the Gospels was not only short, but a tax collector.  As such, he was in charg...

To Bring Peace to All People


We confess that Jesus lived to raise up the lowly (yesterdays’s blog) and to bring peace to all people.   When I first wrote this a few years ago, what I meant was that Jesus came to teach us that we need not live in fear of an...

Who lived to raise up the lowly.

In the time of Jesus there were those who had, and had a lot, and then those who had not.  For the Jews there were those aristocracy who lived in Jerusalem and were part of three different political groups.  Excavations of their homes in...

The Heart and Character of God -


One of the most significant theological insights I have had happened in Hebrew Bible class in Seminary.  We we're talking about Moses and the burning bush.  My professor was teaching us about the Hebrew words that are transl...

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