Christ, the Passover Lamb (Part One)

How is Christ is Lamb of God? Is the emphasis on appeasement, like with the animal sacrifices in the Mosaic Law, or is it about deliverance?

Yesterday marked the beginning of the Jewish Passover, but we’re going to look at the first Passover and see how that might answer the question for us. Continue reading

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Sonshift Study – Chapter Seven

This is the eighth week of our discussion on my book, Sonshift: Everything Changes in the Father’s Embrace. Today, we’ll be looking at chapter seven titled, “Grace Shift.”

I invite you to respond to some or all of these questions. Also, please give additional comments on the chapter that my questions don’t address.  My only rules are that you’ve actually read the chapter and that your answers are brief.  Okay, here we go! Continue reading

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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 the main point of God’s eternal purpose, that doesn’t mean I see no value in it, especially in the substitution aspects of the theory.

In that regard, here’s another short video clip with New Testament scholar, N.T. Wright, where he talks about the Christus Victor  and Penal Substitution theories. Continue reading

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Josiah’s Fire

What would you think if you had a seven-year old autistic boy who’s unable to speak, has never been formally taught to read or write, suddenly start typing words on an iPad about God, faith, his frequent trips to heaven, and other remarkable thoughts, ranging from science to theology?

Josiah’s Fire: Autism Stole His Words, God Gave Him A Voice is about just such a boy. His story is real. His name is Josiah Cullen. While I’ve never personally met Josiah or his family, I do know the co-author of the book, Cheryl Ricker. I got to know Cheryl at our Global Legacy leadership meetings in Minnesota.  Continue reading

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Jesus Christ: Savior of the world – Part Seven

How we view what Christ accomplished on the cross effects how we see our relationship with God and our mission on the earth. This is the seventh and final part of my Easter series, “Jesus Christ: Savior of the World.” In this series I’ve been attempting to answer three questions:

  • What does the New Testament mean by “world?”
  • What does it mean that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World?
  • Why should this matter to us?

In this final installment we will finish looking at the last question. Continue reading

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Sonshift Study – Chapter Six

This is the seventh week of our discussion on my book, Sonshift: Everything Changes in the Father’s Embrace. Today, we’ll be looking at chapter six titled, “Identity Shift.”

I invite you to respond to some or all of these questions. Also, please give additional comments on the chapter that my questions don’t address.  My only rules are that you’ve actually read the chapter and that your answers are brief.  Okay, here we go! Continue reading

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You Came | Jonathan and Melissa Helser

Here’s yet another song by Jonathan & Melissa Helser that’s become one of my favorites! This one is titled, “You Came (Lazarus).” This is from their Beautiful Surrender Album.

This is an “Easter” anthem for those awoken out of a religious slumber. God has freed our imprisoned hearts from the grave of our own fears and misguided thoughts, raising us up again in His unfathomable love!  Continue reading

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