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Are We Missing Jesus in Our Radical Christianity?

Bill Fowler, Church Relations, Professor of Biblical Studies  |  April 25, 2016 8:36 am

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Christianity: Meant to be radicalI believe in a radical commitment to Jesus. Something about “if anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily, and follow me,” sounds profoundly radical, particularly in the first century when crosses were the occasions of horrible deaths rather than ornaments at the end … MORE

Why We Can’t Live Without Sabbath

Jay Smith, President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics  |  April 8, 2016 2:30 pm

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I am returning from a retreat on an island in the San Juan Archipelago, one of the most beautiful places I know of in the Pacific Northwest. I take a retreat once or twice a year to slow down, to regroup, and to find my center in this fast paced world. I realize that in … MORE

A Reality Check on Self-Righteousness

Bill Fowler, Church Relations, Professor of Biblical Studies  |  April 1, 2016 11:00 am

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A Pharisee and a publican go to the temple to pray. The Pharisee praises himself in his prayer, calls attention to his religious activities, and compares himself to the publican. The publican stands humbly at a distance, beating his breast, pleading for God’s mercy. Jesus lifts the publican up as the man who got it … MORE

The Trinity: Imagination, Reality, and Power

Jay Smith, President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics  |  February 4, 2016 2:23 pm

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NOTE: The following is an adaptation of a lecture delivered in Boise and Bellingham in October 2015. The doctrine of the Trinity lies at the heart of the Christian faith, yet relatively few understand its meaning or importance. Those who follow Christ have pondered the nature of God since roughly A.D. 33. The person of … MORE

Untying the Knots that Bind Us

Bill Fowler, Church Relations, Professor of Biblical Studies  |  December 17, 2015 4:39 pm

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Whether it’s a pair of headphones previously coiled nice and neat, or a tangled fishing line, life tends to get knotted up. Sometimes, those knots are harmless, and the solution comes with a few moments of patient work. Sometimes, however, the knot is more severe and aggravates the dysfunction of our world and our relationships … MORE