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Upside Down Commitment

May 29, 2017

Ever hear the phrase, “You need to commit your life to Christ”?

I have… used to hear it and say it all the time. It was the prescription for spiritual health.

Struggling with anxiety? You need to commit your life to Christ. Emotionally gutted because of betrayal or treachery? You need to commit your life to Christ. Not sure where you will go when you die? You need to commit your life to Christ.

So often did I hear this idea it seemed it was a mantra of some kind. I think I get what those who used (and maybe still do) the expression were trying to convey – We need to trust in Jesus.

True enough.

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John MacMurray
Founder of Open Table Conferences
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The Genius of The Shack – PART I

Feb 21, 2017

It has been almost ten years since Paul Young stole behind our watchful dragons, as C.S. Lewis would call them, and scandalized our souls with hope, controversy, and risk.  The Shack was never even intended to be a real book.  It was written

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Dr. C. Baxter Kruger
Director of Perichoresis
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The Genius of The Shack – PART II

Feb 20, 2017

When Paul Young wrote The Shack he did not intend a large-scale challenge of Western Christianity.  He intended to help his children see through the disastrous vision of God that he himself had been taught and to help them see in a story that God is Love, real love,

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VIDEO: Is Paul Young a Universalist?

Feb 17, 2017

 

William Paul Young, author of “Cross Roads” and “The Shack” has been accused by many of being a universalist or a heretic.  In this video Young speaks for himself as to what ways he is NOT a universalist and in what ways he IS a universalist? #OffTheHighway

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The Reservoir

Feb 17, 2017

When you think about who God is, his nature or essence; where do your thoughts start?

Maybe a better way to ask this is; What do you think is the deepest truth of God’s being? If you were to peel back the layers

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John MacMurray
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Another Paradigm Shift

Feb 14, 2017

Is God into Religion?

It is not uncommon that once an ‘aha’ moment occurs, what you now perceive seems blatantly obvious. How could I not see what was right in front of my eyes. It reminds me

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Vita Gratia (the Way of Grace)

Feb 09, 2017

Participation in Grace Alone

The various Grace Movements of our day feature a spectrum of convictions regarding the unilateral grace of God through the finished work of Christ. In this blog, I’d like to address this range, problematizing some extremes and proposing a way forward that takes seriously our participation in grace-alone salvation.

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Brad Jersak
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Eternal Life – Part 1: What is Eternal Life?

Jan 31, 2017

Have you ever thought about what eternal life is? I mean, have you actually tried to define it? Usually, what I came up with was pretty straightforward. Eternal life is to live forever. You know, life without end. But, after digging a little I found something that was a bit surprising…

Of all the times in Scripture where the phrase “eternal life” is used, I discovered that statement is where

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Eternal Life – Part 2: Transaction or Relationship?

Jan 28, 2017

Why do you suppose we believe that eternal life is a simple transaction? Maybe we say we don’t believe this, but a large segment of Christianity sure has communicated this in explicit transactional terms…

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John MacMurray
Founder of Open Table Conferences
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Eternal Life – Part 3: Is it Found in a “Who” or a “What”?

Jan 27, 2017

“This is eternal life: that they might know you and your Son whom you have sent.” John 17:3

In my previous post I suggested that eternal life was found in a relationship, not a transaction. Yet, there was a time, had you suggested this to me, I would have feared the good news of eternal life was being poisoned

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John MacMurray
Founder of Open Table Conferences