Why Jesus?

Photograph of a painting by Daniel Bonnell, called The Baptism of the Christ.  It represents the beginning and the end of Christ’s ministry:  The Baptism relates to the Crucifixion because it represents a dying and rising.  The original is in Saint George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem.  This version hangs in a humble and small African-American Church in South Carolina.  Another version hangs in the Mayo Clinic entrance in Minnesota.  Daniel Bonnell teaches art to at-risk inner city high school students. Used with permission.


jesus 101: basics and invitation

Who Is Jesus? A Few Bare Facts

The New Humanity (The Bible Project, Jun 13, 2019), a 5 minute video, glances at Jesus and us in the context of the larger story

Jesus Makes Us Kingdom Builders (message from Luke 5:1 - 11)

The Touch of Jesus (message from Luke 5:12 - 16)

Can Jesus Satisfy Our Thirst? (message from John 4:1 - 29)

Why is Jesus Good News?

Why is Jesus Good News? short training

New Humanity Diagram

How Jesus Atones for My Shame (HonorShame blog, Nov 11, 2015)

jesus 201: His relevance and calling

The Dreams that Refuse to Die (intro to Romans 5:12 - 21)

Jesus is God’s New Humanity (message on Romans 5:12 - 21)

God’s Victory Over Human Evil:  Our Death and Resurrection With Jesus (message on Romans 6:1 - 11)

Where is God in Pain, Especially Mine?

The Role of Jesus in Revolution and the Pursuit of Justice

The Impact of Jesus (and ppts)

The God You've Already Experienced: Weird Coincidences, Supernatural Events, Funny Feelings

The Theology of Marvel’s Black Panther (45 - 60 minute presentation, or 2 hour presentation with discussion) A fun exploration of the movie as social commentary, reliance on actual African and African-American history affected by Christian faith, and concepts of good and evil which are ultimately theological. Why is Wakanda like Ethiopia? How does the T’Challa vs. Killmonger dynamic play out like the MLK vs. Malcolm X dynamic?

The Theology of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (shorter presentation; 50 - 60 minutes) Tolkien was writing an equivalent to an "Old Testament" which he thought existed among the Angles (English) before Christian faith was preached to them.  See also Tim Hickson, Tolkien’s Philosophy: Why Couldn’t Frodo Destroy the One Ring (Hello Future Me, Apr 27, 2019), Like Stories of Old, Heroism and Moral Victory - The Lord of the Rings, Part 1 (Like Stories of Old, Aug 24, 2018) and Like Stories of Old, A Mythology of Hope - The Lord of the Rings, Part 2 (Like Stories of Old, Aug 31, 2018)

The Theology of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter (40 minute presentation) A fun exploration of J.K. Rowling's reliance on Christian motifs and the biblical plot arc. Why is book 4 the turning point of the 7 books? Why do the two New Testament passages quoted in book 7 summarize the whole story? Why did Harry have to surrender his life?

jesus 301: jesus in the context of the larger story

The Jesus Story vs. Other Messianic Stories

The Happy Ending:  Will It Happen to Me?  To Us?

Desires, Beliefs, and How We Know Truth

Sex and Social Justice: Does the Christian View of Sex Make Any Sense? 

Introduction to the Trinity: Why God is 100% Good

jesus 401: tougher questions

The Resurrection of Jesus: Was it a Legend That Developed Over Time?

Human Dignity:  Does Every Human Being Matter?

Does the Bible Have Evidence of Supernatural Design?