Here’s where I think deep thoughts and force them on you.
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We honor tradition best when we take seriously the sacred responsibility for shaping it.
If we think of salvation as a one-time deal, a transaction with God, the ways that the Bible speaks of salvation, save, savior, etc. (Old and New Testaments) won’t make very much sense—like this story of Zacchaeus.
A blog post in which I muse on the profound yet sad fact that I don’t know how to say what I do for a living. But I think I have a solution.
Concerning the so-called “Nashville Statement.”
“Hi everyone! The one we worship was crucified by the Romans. Come follow us.” This might not be the best way to start a religion in the ancient world.
In my experience, the main problem isn’t so much Christianity itself as much as the cultural baggage that has been heaped upon it, which I feel is a problem that every generation of every era needs to address.