Jesus as True and Better Religion – Purity and Sacrifice

If you’ve been following along, you know that this week we’ve been discussing the way that religious duty is an insufficient way to cover over shame.  This post is lengthy, but hopefully reveals the awesome way that Jesus transforms religion in both His day and ours. Read more

Jesus the True and Better Priest

All along we’ve been observing the way that religion alone cannot cover over the stain that sin produces.

Which has led many to draw the conclusion that Jesus came, in some way, to eradicate religion.  “I have a relationship,” we insist.  “Not a religion.” Read more

“God is in the House:” Religion and Morality Control

For more than 20 years, Nick Cave has been cranking out some fairly bleak punk-influenced music with his band “The Bad Seeds.”  The song you’re seeing performed live is on a more stripped-down, piano-based album called “No More Shall We Part.”

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“Surface Shines, Inside Rots:” Pharisees on the Right, Pharisees on the Left

“We’re all ok, until the day we’re not.  The surface shines, while the inside rots.”  (Rise Against, “Audience of One”)

In the passage we read in Luke on Sunday (Luke 11:29-54), we saw Jesus encountering the Pharisees.  It’s true that the gospels do Read more