The Atonement of God: Building Your Theology on a Crucivision of God (book review)

Why did Jesus really die? Was it to defeat sin? Was it to appease atonement of godthe wrath of an angry God? Was it so that God wouldn’t have to punish us because He punished Jesus? Was it to ransom us from the devil? Is God a child abuser? All these questions are answered within various theories as to why Jesus died. In this book, Jeremy looks at the four most popular theories: penal substitutionary theory, the moral influence theory, the ransom theory, and the Christus Victor theory.

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Don’t Be the Devil’s Star Witness

Have you ever been blamed or accused of something that you didn’t do?  It’s a terrible feeling.  Even if we did do something wrong, when someone points that out often times we are hit with shame and regret.  It’s never a good feeling. Yet, we so often times are quick to blame or accuse others. 

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Are you a Christian Cannibal?

Sometimes Christians resort to what I would call Christian cannibalism. It’s where we, as fellow believers, tend to eat our own . . . symbolically speaking. It’s what happens when we talk about another believer in a critical, judgmental way.  It’s where we “throw someone under the bus” when they sin in a way that

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Labels are for Cans and Clothes, Not People

Soren Kierkegaard stated, “When you label me, you negate me.”  I love this statement.  We humans sure to tend to want to label people.  We want to categorize people.  It seems that we love to group people into boxes. The problem with labeling people is that we are wrong about them the majority of the time.

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What if the Adulterous Woman in John 8 was Transgender?

I love the story of the adulterous woman found in John chapter 8 of the Bible.  It is a magnificent picture of God’s scandalous grace. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down

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Recognizing God’s Grace in Others

I love the fact that God will use any body.  I love the fact that He shows kindness to evil and righteous men.  He sends the rain upon the just and the unjust. Sometimes, though, we don’t always recognize God’s work in the lives of other people.  Sometimes, we don’t want to recognize God’s grace

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Throwing Stones at Jesus

One of my favorite Bible stories is found in John 8.  It’s about the women who was caught in adultery by the religious leaders.  They were testing Jesus to see how He would respond to this clear violation of the Law.  The Law was clear that adulterers were to be stoned. But Jesus went to

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Jesus Gave the World the Right to Judge Christians

Jesus didn’t come into the world to condemn the world.  He didn’t give his followers the right to judge or condemn the world either.  Yet one would think that American Christians (I write from this perspective because I am one) have this notion that it’s our job to judge the world telling them how bad

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