Messy Dogma Articles
Below you will find a list of all the articles related to the Messy Dogma theme, including a short introductory excerpt.
Although I suggest you start at the top and work your way down, feel free to click the title that captures your imagination.
God stepped into a specific time and space in human history bringing one covenant to an end, inaugurating a new covenant. Time was split in half, man’s trajectory was forever altered, and mankind’s history was permanently changed. It was every bit like an alien invasion. Although not at all like one. In hindsight, we know it was […]
Stepping into human history, Jesus fulfilled the first covenant (Matthew 5:17, 18), a covenant that pointed to Him, and in doing so, established a new covenant described as “a better covenant … established on better promises” (Hebrews 8:6). Before we consider these better promises, it is important to acknowledge that the new covenant was not delivered […]
Jesus’ message was revolutionary. That’s to put it mildly. His words captured the imagination of some, rocked the world of others, and even incited threats and violence. Some marvelled openly. Others didn’t know what to think. And some just wanted to shut Him up. In His first public message, after making a few comments following […]
We’ve already covered a fair bit of ground, but you may be saying, “Hey, wait a minute! You’ve made a lot of provocative statements without backing anything up yet.” You’re right. Although, you’ll have to admit that I made my intentions clear from the start. My goal was to attempt to allow you to hear […]
We overturned a few passages of Scripture in the last article and we’ll continue doing so here. In a moment, I think you’ll nod your head a little more firmly to this sentiment: Jesus disturbed the comfortable and comforted the disturbed. He afflicted the settled and settled the afflicted. (Okay, I’ll stop now.) Let’s watch […]
What’s our preoccupation with heaven? Jesus seemed far more focused on the Father Himself than His heavenly abode. There’s more than a little truth in the pithy statement that says, “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good.” So, we’ll turn the spotlight on Christendom’s favourite passage on heaven; you know, the passage […]
We’ve waded through a number of enlightening passages of Scripture in this series and we’ve uncovered some truths in a new light. That’s not to say, we’re seeing things others have never seen. Not at all. Rather, we’re trying to see things as they may have been seen at the first. Our aim is to […]
In our last article, we looked at “salvation” and “righteousness,” and pointed out how we’ve truncated both words. For instance, while salvation is a comprehensive word that resonates with multiple references, it’s difficult for us to think of it as anything but being saved from damnation (i.e. being granted eternal life). So we’ve preached a […]
What does salvation, righteousness and eternity have in common? They are all beautiful words found frequently in the Bible, yes. And yes, they all convey something of God’s magnanimous nature and His glorious plan for mankind. However, they have yet another common distinction: they are often misunderstood. Why? Partly due to the challenge of the […]
Right. We’re in the middle of looking at fudged words and we’re about to turn an already hot topic decidedly hotter. For this reason, I have a small favour to ask. If you’re landing on this article without any context of the ground we’ve covered, please do yourself a big favour and familiarise yourself with […]
We’ve already looked at the Greek words translated Hell in our English Bibles: Hades and Gehenna. In this article, we’re going to look at John’s comments on the Lake of Fire and the words Paul used to describe post-mortem judgment, too. This post is longer than usual since we also tackle three related questions.
In this article, we look at the first of two approaches that fundamentally affect our understanding of the Gospel. And yes, I admit that saying Jesus vs. Paul is a little naughty. However, because of the way we interpret the New Testament, it’s often closer to the truth (in our minds and practices) than we […]
In this article, we look at the second of two approaches that fundamentally affect our understanding of the Gospel. As mentioned in the first article, the way we interpret the New Testament often pits one section of it against another. We’ve seen what happens when we prioritise the Epistles over the Gospels, and now we’re […]
The previous articles on Fudged Words and Interpretations involved controversial issues. If you’ve chosen endless torment as your position on post-mortem judgment, this next section may be difficult to bear. If you disagree with my musings on Paul vs. Jesus and John vs. Jesus, then you too may struggle with aspects of these notes going […]
In the previous article, we began to look at passages of Scripture that reveal we may not have believed enough. That we may have settled for a truncated Gospel, a Gospel with limits set upon Christ’s atoning sacrifice. Yes, it is true that one can make the Bible say anything. You can find a verse […]
In the first two parts of this mini topic, A Scandalous Gospel, we looked at various passages of Scripture, verses that beget a discovery. That the Message of Jesus speaks of a grace we can barely believe, a mercy we can scarcely conceive. That the Gospel is indeed scandalous in a truly wonderful way. Obviously, […]
In what will now feel like a switch in direction, we look at the concept of a societal machine as a metaphor to understand how civilizations function. While we’ve spent a great deal of time looking at Biblical words we’ve fudged and various ways to interpret Scripture, the big picture has always been about grasping […]
In the previous article, we looked at how a societal machine functions. We said that while a societal machine may be used for good, history shows that it inevitably goes rogue—deepening mankind’s needs, not solving them; enslaving mankind, not serving him. In this section, we attempt to diagnose today’s dominant framing reference. Only be exposing […]
Okay, we’ve covered a lot of ground in this series. We’ve diagnosed and questioned, and probed and poked. Now, in these final two articles, we look at ways in which we can proclaim and demonstrate Jesus’ Message in today’s world. We’ll tackle four in this post and four in the next one. This is […]
We’ve covered a lot of ground through this series. But we’re now looking at ways in which we can proclaim and demonstrate Jesus’ Message in today’s world. We tackled the first four in the last post and we look at four more below. This is the 20th and final article in our series on Messy […]
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