Isa Al Masih in the Torah, Zabur, and Injil

This is a respectful invitation to my Muslim friends to consider following the Isa Al Masi who is revealed in the Torah, Zabur, and Injil.

I love my Muslim friends. They are hospitable and generous and kind. They are peaceful people who seek to live peacefully with others.

It is often much easier to talk with my Muslim friends about spiritual things than my American non-Muslim friends. The Muslims I know are not ashamed that they love and seek Allah. I can have a conversation with my Muslim friend and know that we are both together seeking the Kingdom of Allah. Continue reading Isa Al Masih in the Torah, Zabur, and Injil

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The Doctrine of Hell and the Love of God

Everyone who believes in Jesus will go to heaven (perhaps on a cloud with a harp), and God will send everyone else to a fiery chamber below the earth to be tortured for all eternity.

This is the narrative that much of the Christian world has legitimately believed for centuries. It is most likely the way you have had heaven, hell, and salvation explained if you grew up going to Sunday School or youth group. Continue reading The Doctrine of Hell and the Love of God

Chapter 10: Starting With Jesus (and completing the book)

Typology demands that we take more seriously the call to apply Scripture to our lives, and therefore it must be tightly wrapped around biblical truth about Jesus. Jesus is the template that must be followed as we discover types and images of Jesus in our world. If we misunderstand and fail to pay attention to the Great Template and Prototype, then all our efforts will be misguided and prone to great error.

This is true whether or not we are doing typology. If we misunderstand Jesus we will make all sorts of erroneous and damaging assumptions about life and people and relationships. If we understand Jesus, then we will have a healthy, just, and righteous worldview that will lead us to cherish people and live in thankfulness.

We must begin with Jesus. When we spend time with Jesus and hear from his Word and his Spirit, we will naturally begin to do typology; we will naturally begin to see him in our lives, our relationships, and the things we deal with every day Continue reading Chapter 10: Starting With Jesus (and completing the book)

Chapter 9: Human Flourishing

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Typology is important because it brings Jesus into every aspect of our life. It allows us to intellectually discern and holistically cultivate what is already intuitive for anyone who loves Christ, namely, that Jesus has everything to do with all of our life. My goal with this book is to show how typology, rather than being an academics only conversation, is a tool that will change everything for anyone who would consider it. Continue reading Chapter 9: Human Flourishing

Chapter 8: Mission

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The Christian term mission refers to the idea that God has sent his people into the world in the same way that he sent his Son. Jesus told his followers, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21). Jesus’ followers are equipped with the task of announcing the love of God in Jesus Christ to the world. Where the church has resorted to ugly militant (whether metaphorical and literal) methods of expanding its borders is where the church stands in outright opposition to the mission of Christ.

Far from stifling indigenous culture, Christian mission ought tocause individuals as well as cultures to flourish in all their unique God-given brightness. In Chapter 6 we talked about how the Holy Spirit fills individuals and causes all the nuances of their personality to flourish in Jesus. In the same way, the Spirit fills communities and causes all their cultural nuances and beauty to come alive in Christ. Continue reading Chapter 8: Mission

Chapter 7: Bible

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The journey continues as we explore the implications of a world which God has created by, through, and for Jesus, that Jewish carpenter who lived about 2000 years ago.

In chapter 4 we discussed Psalm 19. The first six verses of this Psalm discuss “ha shamayim” (the heavens), describing how creation in its entirety declares God’s glory. But the rest of the psalm turns to a different subject: the Torah, or God’s written instruction or law or simply Scripture. Continue reading Chapter 7: Bible