Brian Zahnd on Jesus, Hell, Letters from Babylon

Brian Zahnd is a full time pastor, author, and would be mountaineer. He is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church, a non-denominational Christian congregation in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Brian is also the author of several books, including,  Sinners in the Hands of a Loving GodWater to WineA Farewell To MarsBeauty Will Save the World, and Unconditional?: The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness and most recently, Postcards From Babylon.

Jesus is what God has to Say

God is like Jesus. Of course to many of you this seems obvious, but this isn’t something I grew up with. In my mind, Jesus was different and separate from the Father.

God seemed like an impossible to please Monster that Jesus came to broker a deal with on behalf of humanity. The idea is that Jesus came to change God’s mind about us – that Jesus came to pay off this angry God with the blood sacrifice that this God of wrath demanded. This was the profound lie I absorbed by osmosis growing up in the Western Christian church. In fact this heresy has a name: Penal Substitution Atonement Theory.

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Brian Zahnd Interview Show Notes:

3:00 Brian Zahnd discussing his latest book postcards from Babylon.

4:30 Discussing Farewell to Mars and Obama

8:14 Open Table Conference & Water to Wine Conference.

10:30 Brian Zahnd and I discuss Brad Jersak’s book “A More Christlike God” which Brian wrote the forward to. For my Interview with Brad Jersak check out: Brad Jersak, A More Christlike God.

11:55 “Jesus is what God has to say. God is Like Jesus, God has always been like Jesus. God has never not been like Jesus.”

13:20 Hell (actually Gehena) and what Jesus meant by it.

19:20 Restorative Judgement and Justice and properly understanding the Wrath of God.

28:00 God is Love in whom we live and move and have our being.

30:52 The Narrow Way that leads to life – love your enemy.

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