Atonement

​A proper understanding of the atonement must begin from the starting point of relationship with Jesus, and with God’s purposes to reconcile all of creation unto God-Self. If your atonement theory fails to make intimacy with God(that includes all of Creation’s intimate reconciliation to God)—the focal point of Christianity—then you will…

Lady Wisdom and the Image of God

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the…

Filling the Form

God designed humanity to prosper and be blessed according to the principles in His law, just like our universe prospers and blesses us because it works as it was designed to do, it follows the laws of physics and nature.

Let Me Introduce Myself…

Linda A. Marousek December  11, 2018 Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20 Hi.  My name is Linda Marousek.  I’m almost 65 years old, a retired lawyer, an M.Div. student at Portland Seminary, on a path toward…

Hermeneutics: Historical-Grammatical Exegesis (Bible Series)

No one approaches the biblical texts with a blank slate. We all have some sort of lens through which we interpret the texts, whether we like to admit it or not. If we want to study scripture responsibly, we must identify the lens through which we interpret. Imagine, for a…

Self-Help and Gimmicks

“If you go all in and all out for the cause of Christ, there will be setbacks along the way. But remember this: Without a crucifixion there can be no resurrection! And when you have a setback, you do not take a step back, because God is already preparing your…

“So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat.”

I had been given a book, this beautiful book. Books must be read; it was my duty, and my responsibility. I had been entrusted with it, I must honor the trust. I suspected that it would have something in it about Jesus.

Death’s Hand: A Theological and Interpretative Appropriation (Bible Study Series: Second Temple Hermuentics)

The next part of our bible study series is about how we interpret the Bible, or using the fancy term, Biblical Hermeneutics. Tyler and I will be taking this in two parts. He’ll be discussing Modern Biblical Hermeneutics known as the Historical Grammatical Method. In others words, how we discover…

The Cave, the Grave, and the Resurrection

I’ve recently returned from a six week trip to Wales and, inevitably, have been asked a multitude of times how my trip was. The simple answer is that it was good. The complex answer is that, like a lot of things in life, it was good and it was hard.…

Yours Truly, A Second-Rate Christian

“I love the Lord because he hears my voice     and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen,     I will pray as long as I have breath! Death wrapped its ropes around me;     the terrors of the grave overtook me.     I saw only trouble and sorrow. Then I called on…

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