I awoke to a provocative text from my friend on the East coast yesterday morning. He had a 3 hour head start on me and I assume he was at an Easter sunrise service. My friend knows that I now minister in a context where not everyone believes in physical resurrection, preferring a more ‘spiritual’ … Read more about Resurrection – whether physical, spiritual or poetic – Really Matters!
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
Tripp and Bo talk about Easter, the cross, bridging gaps and demons. First up is Bo's blog on Blood and Easter - then they talk Concerns about the Cross. They listen to an amazing song about differences and they tackle the topic of demons. If you want to look into the background of these … Read more about TNT: Easter, Cross, Songs & Demons
Michael Hardin is the author of several books Stricken by God?: Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ Compassionate Eschatology: The Future as Friend The Jesus Driven Life: Reconnecting Humanity With Jesus among others [you can find here] He is the Executive Director of … Read more about Michael Hardin on the Bible & Atonement
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
In Aronovsky’s movie, Noah inhabits an enchanted world. From the first rain drop that mystically/magically replaces a plucked flower, we know that Noah is walking in a world that is enchanted is way we are not used to seeing. The rules are a little different. Things work in slightly different … Read more about Noah: Inhabiting A ReEnchanted World
The new Noah movie is a masterful work of biblical imagination and creativity. You can listen to a review of the movie and interview with the director and screenwriter here. There are two aspects of the movie that audiences will notice up-front: one is related to epic-mythic-primal … Read more about Noah: Eclipse of the Biblical Narrative
We review the movie Noah with J. Ryan Parker and then hear from the director and screenwriter. Bo and J. Ryan chat about their upcoming posts for the movie and some of the concerns they had coming out of their viewings. Bo's post Noah: Inhabiting a ReEnchanted World Ryan's post 'Noah: the … Read more about Noah Movie Review and Interview
Last week, at the Phyllis Tickle event, the ‘authority question’ came up, as it will/should whenever someone starts talking about ‘the Spirit’. I was sitting out in the audience for the Fuller Seminary part of the evening. A little debate/concern arose about the issue of authority - especially … Read more about The Authority Question – Pentecostals & Methodists
Fun title ... but I’m serious. Yesterday, when I suggested dropping the ‘the’ as a litmus test, I mentioned that we need to revisit the way that we hold our faith. Convictions about God and our religious experiences can be very powerful. As both a minister and an academic theologian I have given … Read more about Hold God Loosely – Like A Lover