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What do you see on Good Friday?

Mar 30, 2018
For those who identify themselves with the Christian faith we have come again to a sacred time of the year. It is Holy Week.[1]

Around the globe there are many who will look to the cross today and mostly see wrath and vengeance played out on a cosmic stage. They will see love and mercy too but only as a supporting cast.

John MacMurray
Founder of Open Table Conferences
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Healing Our Superstitions About God

Mar 13, 2018
When God shows up in the story of the killing snakes in the wilderness, he shows up as the healer of his people. Anyone who will look on the uplifted fiery bronze serpent lives.

Our superstitions, our misapprehensions, about a God who brings death and destruction, a God who cannot be trusted, led the people, lead us, to hide from the face of God in their complaints and misery.

Kenneth Tanner
Pastor, Church of the Holy Redeemer in Rochester Hills, MI
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On the Road to Justice

Sep 27, 2017
I live just 30 minutes outside of Portland, OR. Not far from where presently, there is a huge fire raging. I am also a nature photographer by vocation and this fire happens to be in the Columbia River Gorge, one of the most naturally beautiful and scenic areas in all of the United States. Consequently, I am deeply saddened by the destruction. And, I am angry…

Allegedly, some teenagers shooting fireworks in an incredibly dry forest started the fire. It has been reported that they were admonished and warned, which they subsequently laughed off and then continued with their momentary excitement with the fireworks.

John MacMurray
Founder of Open Table Conferences
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A Note on Union with Christ

Sep 27, 2017
The apostles lead us to contemplate the fact that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of the Father incarnate.  Some of their statements about Jesus are quite astounding.  It was fidelity to this apostolic witness to Jesus that expanded the mind of the early Church and led to the recognition that God is eternally Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—three distinct persons, indivisibly one divine being. 

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Dr. C. Baxter Kruger
Director of Perichoresis
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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.

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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Dr. C. Baxter Kruger
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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

John MacMurray
Founder of Open Table Conferences
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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