Category: Biblical Studies

The Book of Revelation and the Problem of Violence: A Response to John Dominic Crossan

Ted Grimsrud—October 10, 2017 Prominent Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan has written an interesting and helpful book addressing what I believe are some of the most important issues in Christian theology. In this book, How to Read the Bible & Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation (HarperOne, 2015), Crossan … Continue reading The Book of Revelation and the Problem of Violence: A Response to John Dominic Crossan

Why the creation story can’t carry the weight the restrictive view puts on it: The Bible and LGBTQ inclusion [Part 1]

Ted Grimsrud—October 2, 2017 [The following short essay was my contribution to a recent discussion among several Mennonite scholars concerning the Bible and LGBTQ inclusion in Mennonite churches. Our assignment was to reflect on the significance of the biblical creation story for our discernment. We had to keep the papers quite short, so were unable … Continue reading Why the creation story can’t carry the weight the restrictive view puts on it: The Bible and LGBTQ inclusion [Part 1]


Luther is known for his rediscovery of Romans 1:16 “The just shall live by faith” and the subsequent Latin phrases “Sola Gracia” and “Sola Fidela” i.e. we are saved only by grace through faith. Today’s reflection is inspired by a third phrase: “Sola Scriptura” which means that Scripture alone is our authority for faith. […]

Call to Worship: One in Christ

This Sunday will be the first in our “Rooted and Grounded” series, exploring the biblical and theological bases for some of our dearly held values. We begin by exploring the biblical foundation for anti-racism work. Our call to worship is based on Genesis 1:27 and Galatians 3:28-29.  […]

Call to Worship: Greatest Commandment

This call to worship is based on Matthew 22:34-40 with a nod to Psalm 1. Which commandment in the law is greatest? Love your God. And the second? Love your neighbor as yourself. Love with all your heart. Love with all your soul. Love with all your mind. Love with all your strength. On these…

Paul, Creation & Evolution #7 – Original Sin and Paul (EP-57)

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In this series, Kurt will explore Paul’s worldview concerning God and creation. What did Paul have in the background? How did this affect how he would think about Adam and Eve? Then, we will end our series looking at Romans 5 and its compatibility with evolution (or lack there of).


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