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Introduction to ReKnew
There’s never been anyone like Jesus. Not even close.
And yet, there’s no greater disconnect in history than the chasm between Jesus and many who claim his name.
If you’re like most thinking people, you’re frustrated by that. Or disappointed. The inconsistencies are rampant.
Or maybe you’ve recently faced a horrific tragedy and your seemingly coherent belief system has come crashing down all around you.
The good news is, there really is Good News. And after decades of reading and researching and debating and praying, it turns out it’s better than any of us dared dream.
Now there’s a movement getting back to basics, back to the simple yet radically beautiful and counter-cultural vision that Jesus unleashed two thousand years ago:
Welcome to ReKnew.
1. “But there are so many different pictures of God out there, and none of them ring true.”
We’ve found the center of the center to be that Jesus reveals what God is really like. And nothing puts a finer point on that than his willing, sacrificial death on a cross. After Jesus, everything else we know about God comes a much distant second.
2. “I just can’t believe in a God that would allow so much evil and suffering in the world.”
No doubt, the contemporary pictures of God out there leave much to be desired. Much to our relief, Jesus reveals that God is not to blame.
3. “I’m sick of power-hungry preachers and politicians claiming Jesus’ name.”
Jesus was apolitical, calling his followers to a “power under,” not “power over,” way of life. This radical love is not just God’s love for humanity but also the means by which God seeks to establish his kingdom here on earth. The far-reaching implications of that stand in stark contrast to the religions of our day.
4. “How could a loving God destine people to die in Nazi gas chambers? Or spend eternity in Hell?”
Clearly, the modern church’s obsession with God-as-puppeteer has gone off the rails. When you get back to Jesus, the picture of God is open, dynamic and truly beautiful. With no disclaimers, no hidden agendas, no fine print.
ReKnew invites you to engage in the discourse as together we seek to re-knew everything we knew about God.
I’m in the process of fleshing out the core convictions of ReKnew as I laid them out in the “ReKnew Manifesto.” Our first core conviction concerns where we are to get our LIFE from, so in my previous post on this topic I addressed “The One True Source.” Before moving on to the second core conviction…
If you live in the United States and are expecting a ReKnew Manifesto poster you should be getting it anytime now. If you live in another country, it will take a little longer to get there, but they’re all on their way. We just wanted to give you a heads-up that this poster is letter-pressed…
This is the sixth of several videos Greg put together to refute Bart Ehrman’s claims published in the article What Do We Really Know About Jesus? In this segment, Greg addresses the apparent discrepancies in the genealogies of Luke and Matthew and the implausibility of the idea that they were simply fabricated. We’ve been hearing that people are using…
This is the eighth of several videos Greg put together to refute Bart Ehrman’s claims published in the article What Do We Really Know About Jesus? In this segment, Greg gets into the nitty gritty of why portions of the birth account are not the dumbest lie ever. If you missed the first seven installments you can…
While I’ve lately been pretty distracted finishing up Benefit of the Doubt (Baker, 2013), my goal is to sprinkle in posts that comment on the distinctive commitments of ReKnew a couple of times a week. I’m presently sharing some thoughts on the second conviction of ReKnew, which is that Jesus Christ is the full and…
Martin LaBar via Compfight Easter blessings to all of you from the ReKnew team. He is risen!