I’ve been missing something…something visceral; something that I have always – under every circumstance – been able to count on and draw upon. I’ve looked in closets, books, song, people, silence, and in the battered book of faith that I’ve been known to toss at doors and walls. It wasn’t there. Searched photographs, memory, … Continue reading Rise
By Jeff Goins, Editor Is Jesus “the Way, the Truth and the Life” as we often hear in church? Really? How? In John 14:6, Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (NIV) While this is an oft-quoted verse about the theological … Continue reading Is Jesus the Way, the Truth, and the Life?
By Peter Bowes There is nothing mysterious about the word “mystical.” Mystical means simply having an experience beyond the five senses. When you experience love, it is an example of a mystical experience. When you feel a presence within you when you pray or meditate, that is a mystical experience. The feeling you get when … Continue reading What Christian Mystics Know That You Don’t
By Samantha Costanza Just one touch…” I thought to myself, “Just one touch and I will be whole again.” The sweaty bodies press in one me. I feel a heavy foot land crushingly on mine. I wince while dislodging my foot from under the other and continue moving forward. The crowd is loud and the … Continue reading Touching the Hem of Jesus’ Garment
By Samantha Costanza Averted eyes and gazes as I walk down the dirt road. They might as well have been stepping on me. The grit and stank dwells deep in my bones. I am the grime and sludge. I am the unwanted. My hair is coifed, coiled, and creased. Every curl in place and every … Continue reading The Alabaster Jar and Meeting Jesus: A Narrative
By Aaron Daffern Grow up and be responsible. Get a good education, get married, and provide for your family. Hopefully, if all works out well, you’ll have 2.5 kids and be mortgaged up to your eyeballs. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work, right? Aren’t we taught as kids to fit in? Don’t we … Continue reading A Christian Defense of Irrationality
By Dave Hopwood D’you think he was wearing shades? Maybe a false beard? Or a hoodie? Whichever way it seems to me the incident of the God in the night-time that was the Emmaus road walk indicates one thing, Jesus has a cheeky sense of humour. He spends forever with these guys, pretending the whole … Continue reading Jesus in Disguise: The Hidden God
By Jeff Campbell There are some needs we have that we only discover as have them filled. My need for Christ was partially this way. I only discovered this need as he came and filled my need. Also, my need for pizza topped with jerk-spiced shrimp. Before I discovered this wonder on the way to … Continue reading Imaginary Jesus: Interview with Matt Mikalatos
By George Elerick Children love to push boundaries, teenagers do too. And you might even meet some adults who like to do the same. Curiosity is within us, some get taught to hide it, others get taught to chase after it — no matter where it leads. I think we need a healthier perception of … Continue reading Forgiveness: How Far Is Too Far?
By Tim Chermak After many hours spent studying, researching, reading, and contemplating, I have come to a less than satisfactory conclusion concerning the state of Christian ethics, which provides the foundation for my own personal ethical system. This hypothesis is neither definitive nor clear; rather, it is a frail attempt to name something which cannot … Continue reading Toolbox Jesus: Thoughts on Christian Ethics