Sharon Putt challenges us to 'rethink everything you've been taught about salvation and the cross' in her new book Executing God. Today she talks with Callid Keefe-Perry about her book and a nonviolent understanding of atonement. Sharon L. Putt (formerly Sharon L. Baker author of Razing Hell) … Read more about Executing God with Sharon Putt
A question was posed to me on twitter about propitiation in connection with last month's pre-Easter posts (and good Friday). I got permission from Michael Hardin to use a large amount of text from his book A Jesus Driven Life. You can also listen to my interview with Hardin for more. Here is … Read more about Propitiation or Expiation: Michael Hardin Explains
We talked about the dangers of a penal substitution theory of atonement yesterday. I want to thank everyone who shared, retweeted, emailed and commented. The sincerity and the level of interest were very encouraging to me - as was the level of pushback. It reminds me of exactly how much all of this … Read more about What About Isaiah 53?
Exploring historic atonement theories during Lent has been eye-opening. At one of the gatherings of my church, atonement theories have fueled our conversations the past 6 weeks (you can listen here). I have to come to appreciate both the complexity and the beauty that has gone into these attempts … Read more about One Thing That Did Not Happen On Good Friday: PSA
I want to thank all of you who shared, commented and emailed about this past weekend’s post on Blood: Easter, the Cross and that quote about Liberals. I have received lots of feedback via email, FaceBook and text. It seems that most people get the main thrust of the article but have one … Read more about Concerns About ‘The’ Cross
It is almost Easter - my most conflicted time of year as a pastor. I am smitten with the empty grave. In fact, I am almost as excited about the Easter imagery as I am horrified by N. American protestant’s fascination with the cross. I have written and talked about this disturbing trend in the … Read more about Blood: Easter and That Damn Liberal Quote
A cast of two halves! In the first half Bo and Tripp respond to 3 letters from listeners. Then we get a call with Micky Jones about choosing a seminary (43rd minute) - and when we come back for the 4th and final letter things get a little rowdy. It turns out the resurrection is a topic that … Read more about TNT: Letters Edition
The deacons have responded to the challenge! That is exactly what we were hoping for when we cooked up a little obstacle course around issue of crucifixion and resurrection. The callers navigate the obstacles with ease and in doing so get to show off some their best theological moves! In this … Read more about TNT: Easter Call-In Challenge
René Girard is popping up in the most interesting places. Among others: Tony Jones mentioned him in our podcast about 'A Better Atonement' I heard Brian McLaren talk about him in lecture at Wild Goose West. Later this week I will be interviewing James Alison on the subject. In fact, … Read more about The Resurgence of René Girard
by Bo Sanders Three interesting conversations have recently merged in my little corner of the interwebs: The Republican presidential primaries have brought to the limelight some very complex subjects like race, economics, and religion that are handled with stereotypical banter, generally at … Read more about Evangelicals sing to You
Two of the podcast's best friends have published E-books in last month and they are both here for a Theology Nerd Throwdown! First up, Bo chats with Julie Clawson about the book she wrote about the Hunger Games. (you can find her first podcast appearance here) Then Tripp and Bo skype with … Read more about Hunger Games and a Better Atonement: TNT E-book Extravaganza
In tomorrow's TNT I am planning to ask Tripp if he thinks that too much has been made out the the cross. “Have we over-focused on the crucifixion?” [the link to this episode is here] I think that we may have overdone it on the cross. It is out of proportion. I want to I hear more about the … Read more about Crossed Out – have we overdone the crucifixion?