Shane Wood is the husband of Sara Wood and proud father of Zion, Paige, and Maddox. After graduating from Ozark Christian College in 2004 with a B.B.L. and B.Th. (New Testament), he pursued his M.Div. and M.A. in New Testament Studies from Lincoln Christian Seminary, which he received with the completion of his thesis on the Exegesis of Revelation 20. Shane and his family are now living in Joplin, MO, and he is working at Ozark Christian College as the Director of Youth Minister Relations and teaching part-time in the college.
In September 2009, Shane began his Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh in the area of the Politics of John in the book of Revelation.
Simplifying Revelation – Session 1: Introduction
Simplifying Revelation – Session 2: Are we Living in the Last Days? and What is Prophecy?
Simplifying Revelation – Session 3: The Genre of the Book of Revelation
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Article by Shane: Jesus Didn’t Live the “Christian Life”
Jesus Didn’t Live a “Christian Life,” and We Shouldn’t Either: The List or a Lifestyle—The Problem of Spiritual Disciplines (Part 1) Wrestling with the Lists: Symptoms of a Problem
They gave simple, predictable answers, but I was still was shocked.
“What characterizes the Christian life?,” I asked.
As if reading from a script, the class began to offer answer after answer, “Prayer…Fasting…Devotions…Journaling… Meditation…reading your Bible…etc.”
Each answer was written on the board filling up the space with a definition of the Christian life—a List of things to do. This is what they had been taught from their Sunday school classes from the age of four. Or if they had just become a Christian, this doctrinal-like mantra was chanted in their ears each time they darkened the door of the church. “If you want to be a Christian—if you want to draw closer to Jesus, then this is what you do…[insert spiritual disciplines].”
In fact, these are the answers I too had been programmed to recite—The List being tattooed on my heart as I emerged from the womb. And sermon after sermon, lesson after lesson, devotional after devotional, from the time I was a baby and even through my years of Bible college, The List was repeated, repackaged, and restated. So their answers did not shock me…it was something else.
Another question was offered, “What characterized the life of Jesus?”
Without hesitation, answers began to erupt, “Eating with sinners…serving the least of these…loving his enemies…caring for prostitutes and tax collectors…seeking and saving the lost…loving the outcast…sacrificing for the marginalized…etc.”
Each answer was written on the board filling up the space with a definition of the life of Jesus—a lifestyle of love and sacrifice.
And then came a simple question that shocked me, “Why are the two lists different?” Why is it that when we think of the life of a Christian [literally, “little Christ”], do we focus on actions and duties that were present in Jesus’ life but did not characterize his life? Why are Christians not “known” for the things that Jesus was known for? In other words, if we claim to be “followers of Jesus,” then how is it that our List is different from his list? Shouldn’t the lists be…”
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Jesus Didn’t Live a “Christian Life,” and We Shouldn’t Either (Part 2): The List or a Lifestyle—On Not Beginning with the End. The Lord, Our Lens, and the Wardrobe: Making Jesus in Our Own Image
“Most of my life, Jesus looked like a white, middle-class Republican—a depiction that poses a major problem.
My problem with this representation is NOT that Jesus is “Republican” instead of “Democrat” or “white” instead of “black” or “rich” instead of “poor”—my problem is that I have turned Jesus into me and then started worshiping him. Now if I wanted to receive worship, I would change my initials to J.C. and start referring to myself as “the anointed one,” but I would rather allow the David Koresh’s of the world to continue their monopoly on this egocentric idolatry. Instead, I want to worship Jesus for who he truly is—which is not like me at all. I want to see him and hear him on his own terms—even if that means he would fit in modern categories that I am not comfortable with, like: “liberal” or “subversive” or “countercultural” or even “political revolutionary.” Because more than a political agenda or a national identity, I want to be molded by the King of kings to whom I solely pledge my allegiance.”
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