Author Archives: Julie Ferwerda

The Sinless Lamb (Part IV)

Today our goal is to explore three Bible words/concepts that have been mistranslated and misconstrued, giving us a distorted sense of the real Jesus and what he also urged his followers to become. What can we learn about the sinlessness, righteousness, and perfection of Jesus that will give us new understanding? Come find out–you may be surprised.

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The Celibacy of Jesus (Part III)

I was always skeptical about the claims of Mary Magdalene possibly being a disciple of Jesus’ or, much more blasphemous, the wife and lover of Jesus! My old Jesus was not allowed to love a woman or, God forbid, make babies! Besides, I thought, there is NO SUCH EVIDENCE for such a thing except maybe by people with overblown imaginations or a desire to stir up trouble. But then…I found out that, in fact, there was historical evidence of another viewpoint. Join us in this week’s search for a more authentic understanding of the real Jesus…

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Evaluating the Virgin Birth (Part II)

Check out part 2 on why Jesus might just be more one of us…or we might just be more like him than we thought! Learn a little bit of history about legendary gods and demi gods, more about the virgin birth, and find out some critical mistranslations that could shed light on the real Jesus.

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Jesus, A Regular Joe? (Part I)

Imagine with me for a few paragraphs…what if. What if Jesus was a lot different than the story we have today—one that has morphed and enhanced over two millennia? What if, instead, Jesus was more of a regular guy—albeit certainly a guy with a unique anointing and mission? Would it necessarily change anything about his importance and crucial role in The Story for any of us? Get challenged today!

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Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

I’ve been thinking a lot about death lately, and for good reason. Death is all around me, both in my work and in my personal life (and my thoughts!). While you and I cannot prevent death or loss, we can each make the lifelong journey of others a little less lonely, fearful, and devastating through the Hebrew notion of “tikkun olam.” Come find out what that means…

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What’s The Point Of All This?

On those down days and stinky life circumstances, or when faced with those horribly confusing life questions, it’s tempting to ask why? What’s the point? But that’s like trying to make a judgment about a great novel in the first few pages, or like trying to decipher a fragment of an award winning photo or making sense of the first stanza of a grand symphony. Find out my recent thoughts in response to my husband’s melancholy moment of questioning…

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