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N.T. Wright on Christus Victor and Penal Substitution theories

If’ you’ve read my posts about the atonement you know that I ‘ve been rather hard on the popular Penal Substitution theory of atonement. While I believe large parts of it are harmful to our understanding of God as a Father and it misses … Continue reading

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Another perspective on The Shack

Instead of posting a song this Sunday, I would like to post a recent video from John Crowder where he responds to people who wanted his perspective on the movie The Shack. I include this because of our recent discussion on … Continue reading

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Why the Incarnation matters – part one

Jesus was not born to die; He was born to give life. He wasn’t brought up to be the ultimate temple sacrifice. God doesn’t do human sacrifice; He’s not Molech. God is, and always has been, a good Father. I know what I just said may sound strange … Continue reading

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God said what?! – Part Two

We will be looking at some of the ways Jesus followers have handled the genocidal Canaan conquest passages we looked at last time. But before we do go on, you may be wondering what a blog about the Father’s love has to do with going … Continue reading

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Our Father is not Molech

As Father’s Day approaches, here’s two tales describing very different fathers. But first, I want you to think about what constitutes being a good father. Also remember that parables never give the whole story. They’re simply meant to make a point that we … Continue reading

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Are sinners separated from God? Part three

Where did our ideas of separation from God come from? We will look at the origins of this myth in this installment. Last time, we began looking at my seven objections to this idea of separation that I outlined in part … Continue reading

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Is the Cross about a courtroom trial or a family reunion?

I’ve written about the atonement several times on this blog over the last year, mostly refuting the main points of Penal Substitutionary Atonement (PSA). Whenever I do this, I can feel the suspicious looks some of you give me. Some of you may be wondering … Continue reading

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Did God kill Jesus? Part four

If God didn’t kill Jesus to placate His wrath, who did kill Him? This is the final installment of my series that asks the faithful question, “Did God kill Jesus?” Last time we jettisoned the wooden literal take on Isaiah 53:10 … Continue reading

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Did God kill Jesus? Part three

Was God actually pleased to crush Jesus(crush, meaning kill)? We’re now ready to turn our attention to Isaiah 53:10. This is part three in my short series that looks at the question, “Did God kill Jesus?” The reason for this faithful question … Continue reading

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Did God kill Jesus? Part two

We’ve been asking some faithful questions about the popular view of atonement (Penal Substitutionary Atonement, or PSA) that postulates that God killed Jesus in order to forgive us. The main verse advocates use for this view is Isaiah 53:10. We will get to PSA’s proof-text in due course, but … Continue reading

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