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
On this week’s TNT I introduced an interesting thought experiment: take the cross out of the Jesus story and see what you can still do. This this thought experiment appeals to me for two reasons: Modern Protestants have overdone it on the cross The incarnation and resurrection hold far more … Read more about Christianity Without A Cross?
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
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
by Bo Sanders 12 Years A Slave is one of the most powerful movies I have ever seen. The cinematic elements compliment the twisted and troubling plot to create a riveting experience for the viewer. What follows is a theological reflection - for a more formal review of the movie check out Pop … Read more about 12 Years A Slave and the Cross of Christ
Guest post by Renee Axtell - one of the stars of the Easter Call-In Challenge has sent us her thoughts from the amber waves of Kansas. Should we stop saying that God sent Jesus to die? My answer is yes. We should stop saying that God sent Jesus to die, because that implies that God’s … Read more about The Cross: meaning, redemption and the future
You have till Easter Sunday to CALL IN and respond to the Easter Challenge. We will pick a selection of calls and posts to interact with on next Monday's TNT - the day after Easter. Here are the step-by-step instructions: Read the challenge post below Think about a response Write up … Read more about 3 Days Left To Respond To The Easter Challenge!