Ever felt like you were just not getting through to someone? Ever felt like it was your fault?
Judas Iscariot is often typified as the quintessential “lost for good.” Here’s a question: Was Judas able to repent?
Some ask that in order to make a case that Judas was not beyond grace. I suggest trying to argue “beyond grace” is a false distinction, because no one is beyond it. And here’s the kicker: repentance was not the reason why Judas was lost.
Oh no. No, I’m not going to write a treatise on this term. That would take a dozen years and a dozen-dozen books. I’m just going to propose one meaning: the church.
A thought-provoking concept, to be sure. And my friend posed just that question in discussing the legitimacy of Israel committing at least some form of “genocide” on people in order to establish the land of Israel. Was it really genocide? Personally, I felt those people just happened to be dwelling there, and the account of… Continue reading Established by Living through Death?
OK. As you may know, I am very much a “middle of the road” man; theology, justice, translation, church polity, whatever-have-you. So don’t take this the wrong way: Arizona is about to pass something that is very much NOT “middle of the road” when it comes to immigration policy.
Right authority always holds the right kind of influence. And that right kind of influence, to many outside the church, is rare. When you see right authority, you tend to know it, don’t you? … If you’re unaware of N.T. Wright, let this be your first invitation to consider him, because he is one whom I believe has that “just-know-it” authority.