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In recent months, I have been watching video testimonies of two very different kinds. One kind is of people who have had near-death experiences (NDEs). The other kind is of people who claim to have awakened, become enlightened, basically within the…
I’ve been reading Jesus and the Victory of God by N.T. Wright, a conservative British scholar who does everything he can to present Jesus as the fulfillment of Israel’s hope that its god would act decisively in history to establish his kingdom.
The kingdom can be sought But seek his kingdom, and all these shall be granted to you. (Q 12:31) Thus, the kingdom is something that can be sought. This is very different than waiting for its arrival.
After reading Jime’s recent posts on the resurrection body according to Paul, in which he takes to task the Jesus Seminar and Marcus Borg, I wrote him with some additional evidence of Paul’s views, and he invited me to write a post for this blog.
My understanding of the kingdom of God is an attempt to honor the earliest sayings about the kingdom. My concept of “earliest” is heavily influenced by the Jesus Seminar and also by John Kloppenborg’s division of the Sayings Gospel Q into an…
In our Q classes, we adopted the point of view that Jesus taught a God of unconditional love, and that the gospel passages about divine wrath were put on Jesus’ lips by later followers who didn’t understand his radical vision. Behind this is the…
As I've been pondering the various sayings, the word that has come to mind is "grace." I know it's an overused word, and I think for that reason I tend to stay away from it. But it just seems too appropriate to avoid in this case. In these…

You won’t be able to observe the coming of God’s imperial rule. People are not going to be able to say, “Look, here it is!” or “Over there!” On the contrary, God’s imperial rule is right there in your presence. (Luke 17:20-21)

Loving Our Enemies:

The Core of Jesus’ Vision in the Sayings Gospel Q
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"The Sayings Gospel Q is a hypothetical gospel. It 'exists' only in the remains it left scattered across the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Its importance, however, cannot be overestimated. Many scholars consider it to be our earliest written record of the Jesus tradition. It has been called 'certainly the most important source for reconstructing the teaching of Jesus' (Theissen & Merz, 1998, p. 29) and 'our primary source of information about what he was trying to say, and do' (Robinson, 2007, p. vii). Yet it presents a very different vision of primitive Christianity than the traditional one handed down from the book of Acts. Specifically, it presents a Jesus who is not yet the Christ of Christianity. Contrary to traditional images, in Q his deeds take a backseat to his words. He is unconcerned with the early church's kerygma of the crucified and risen One. Indeed, he seems unconcerned with himself altogether. Rather, he holds out to us a profound and unsettling vision of how to live..."