Friday, March 25, 2011

Sin Management

What if living as a child of God is not about not sinning anymore?  What if for God it has never been about us not sinning?  What if, by trying to manage our sin, we're really worshipping sin, sacrificing good deeds on the altar to sin?  What if we're really "free from the law of sin and death" (Romans 8)?  What if there really is "no condemnation" anymore (Did God ever condemn us, or was it our shame that condemned us?)?  What if life is 'just' about enjoying being one with Father?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Sermon on the Mount

"What if Jesus isn't being cute and romantic in the Sermon on the Mount?  What if he is completely serious and means to be taken seriously?  What if he is proposing the ultimate deconstruction - the deconstruction of all human structures, whether scientific preanalytic visions, governments, economies, ideologies, civilizations, and the framing stories that drive them- so that we can be recomposed in our true identity, resituated in God's primal framing story of creation?  What if he is trying to excavate through layer upon layer of carpeting, plywood, ceramic tile, blacktop, gravel, trash, broken glass, and cement, so our bare feet can once again feel the cool, moist, soft soil from which we were, and are, all created?"
                                                               -Brian McLaren, Everything must change-

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Great Commission

What if Jesus telling his disciples to "go into all the world" (Mark 16) and to "make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28) is not the "Great Commission" that we've made it to be?  What if Jesus was really just talking to his disciples back then, about their world back then, which would have been the Roman Empire?  If  Jesus really was talking about gentiles when referring to "all nations", which is better translated as "all tribes", why did it take the disciples quite a few years before they started to warm up to the possibility of sharing the good news with gentiles?  What if Jesus, in these "Great Commission" passages is really 'just' saying to his disciples: "Go and share the good news of the kingdom with our Jewish brothers and sisters before the end of the age is coming (the end of the old covenant, the destruction of the Temple together with the sacrificial system in AD.70)."?
What if the "Great Commission" that even is valid for us today is rather to be found in John 15: 
"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you."?
What if Christians throughout history, in their effort to "go into all the world", have all too often neglected this most important call to LOVE?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The word of God

What if a large number of Christians throughout history didn't have the ability to read the bible, nor have any deep biblical/theological knowledge?  What if these brothers and sisters didn't miss out on hearing and living by the word of God?  What if owning your own copy (or several) of the bible and calling it "the Word of God" is a relatively new thing, only a couple of hundred years old?  What if we search the scriptures, learn them, teach them, and all the while miss the one thing that, Jesus taught, really counts?  What if all these Christians, without the ability to read, or without the means of purchasing a copy of the Bible, or simply living before the age of the printing press, got this one thing right?  What if the word of God simply is LOVE?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


What if we are ONE?

The Lord's Prayer

What if we made the 'Lord's prayer' to be the total opposite of what Jesus was trying to teach?  What if Jesus' main point was to show the closeness of relationship that we can have with our Father, by saying: "Abba, papa, daddy, I love who you are and what you are doing." (my version)?  Instead of: "Our Father who art in heaven, up there, far, far away..."

The king & his kingdom

What if Jesus' kingdom is really, as he says, not of this world?  What if the type of 'second coming' that most Christians are waiting for, is totally contrary to Jesus' heart and words?  What if he is not the kinda king that most denominations make him out to be?  What if he is not going to come ahead of a massive army, overthrowing all other kingdoms by force of the sword (or atom bomb)?  What if he hasn't changed his plan nor his ways?  What if he continues in the way of love and humility?  Isn't that powerful?  Doesn't that overpower superpowers?