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Joshua Vis

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The End of Triumphal Interventions

by Joshua Vis Last Sunday, I explored the idea that Jesus never really integrated his message about God’s coming kingdom with his insistence that he must die and rise again. Jesus began his ministry proclaiming that God’s kingdom was coming…
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In Defense of the Disciples

By Joshua Vis Jesus began his ministry with a message about the arrival of the kingdom of God on earth. God was going to break into the world in a miraculous fashion and defeat all the forces of evil, both…
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Beyond Doctrine

By Joshua Vis Peter Rollins, a philosopher and theologian, makes this incredible observation, “As we approach the festival of Easter we aim to experience something of what Jesus experienced on the Cross. In his cry ‘My God, my God, why…
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Robbing Death of Its Sting

by Joshua Vis I nearly cried during CPR training. It’s so raw, so rooted in mortality. Someone you love, or you yourself, could drop dead and be gone in an instant. It’s an absurd truth. I was thinking of my…
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Lord, I Doubt; Help My Certainty

By Joshua Vis I know you worry about your doubt. You have been taught that your doubt is tolerable, but not desirable. I love your doubt. I love your questions, your unknowing, your fear. Your doubt has so many good…
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Lent Without Easter

By Joshua Vis Only Jesus has experienced Lent and Easter. For the rest of us, life is Lent. We know only a life of Lent. Except we strive to avoid entering into the suffering and despair of life. The resurrection…
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Seeing Suffering

by Joshua Vis About six months ago, after an extended search and interview process, I was offered the job of Church Engagement Facilitator for Israel/Palestine for the Reformed Church in America. It was a relief and an honor to be…