We must stop asking, "What would Jesus do?" if we're going to become like Jesus.
The WWJD fad flamed out almost two decades ago, so why talk about it? While people no longer wear the plethora of merchandise, the ideal lives on. In fact, the teaching that Jesus, as he’s presented in the Gospels, ought to serve as the believer’s true north has made a resurgence over the past ten … Continue reading Crazy Radical Legalism – DDWJWD Part 6
Of course, there’s about as much danger of everybody “doing what Jesus would do” as there is of everybody Wanging Chung. Jesus was an outlier even in his day. Really doing what Jesus would do would require everyone to quit their jobs, spend forty days in wilderness prayer and fasting, preach itinerantly trusting God for … Continue reading What Would Jesus Don’t – DDWJWD Part 5
If anyone ever lived out the “What Would Jesus Do” ethic, Justin did. He moved into an abandoned train depot in the bar district of the next town over and took in homeless people. One night I think he baptized nineteen people in the fountain of the big Baptist church a couple of blocks over. … Continue reading What Would Jesus Evade? DDWJWD Part 2
Some kid at Bible camp ran up behind my son, Jadon, and slapped him on the back of the neck. I guess he wanted to take on the biggest guy in the cabin. Jadon whirled around, narrowed his eyes and growled. The kid, immediately regretting his decision, resorted to playing the Jesus card, “Now, now, … Continue reading DDWJWD (Don’t Do What Jesus Would Do) – Series Intro
Those who insist that we use the Bible as a set of religious and moral imperatives often support their view with passages like 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Let’s take a fresh look at that one for a moment: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the … Continue reading Prophets that Profit
Back when I was one of approximately four people going to heaven, I used to knock on doors to let others know. I didn’t really care that much if they accepted what I had to say; I just knew that in addition to conforming to every “command, example, and necessary inference”¹ in the Bible, I … Continue reading My Pragma Ran Over My Dogma
It's a new year. This time, I'll lose that excess weight and keep it off! Right? Okay, so I haven't been focusing on my health this year, but I have been attending to it. I was on my way to meet a friend for tacos yesterday and thinking about whether to get a salad or … Continue reading Eating According to the Gospel
There's an optimism that conceals corruption.
When Jesus set out to make disciples, he gathered committed people around him and did life with them. Yes, he taught the multitudes, but it doesn't seem that those people became champions of the kingdom after his death. Perhaps many of them were actually among the throngs demanding that Pilate crucify him. His teaching seems … Continue reading Body Life Part 1 – United