FREE The Gospel Coalition Network from The City NOW OPEN

I can exclusively announce that the all-new and FREE Gospel Coalition Network website opened just a few minutes ago. The kind people running it have offered blog readers like you the chance to be first in line to join.If you already know what this is all about, then feel free to just follow one of the links below depending on which continent you're on, since this genuinely is a global offer. Don't worry, you will have access to the whole community no matter where you live. Then, do feel free to … [Read more...]

Avoiding the Despair Inherent in Open Theism

I once reviewed an excellent book which demolishes the neoliberal arguments of "0pen theism"|. Although it is not mentioned too often, I understand that these dangerous and heretical ideas are far from dead. I thought I would share the following conclusion from a theological journal article I found on my Logos Bible Software.The Lord gives life and he takes life. He is God, and this is his prerogative. But, his ways are always righteous. So, his taking of these lives must be seen as fulfilling … [Read more...]

THE ATONEMENT DEBATE – Steve Chalke's Further Arguments Against Penal Substitution

This is the last in my short series on Steve Chalke and The Atonement Debate. The previous posts in this series can be found by clicking on the links below:Update on Steve Chalke and The Atonement Debate Steve Chalke Confirms He Does Not Believe in Penal Substitution Steve Chalke Argues Against Penal Substitutionary Atonement Steve Chalke and Neglect of the ResurrectionIn his chapter of the book, The Atonement Debate, Steve Chalke continues with a classic argument from silence. He claims … [Read more...]

THE ATONEMENT DEBATE – Steve Chalke and Neglect of the Resurrection

In his arguments against penal substitutionary atonement (PSA), Chalke parodies what its advocates believe, claiming that, according to those who hold to PSA, . . .it is Jesus’ death alone that becomes our “good news.” This approach reduces the whole gospel to a single sentence: "God is no longer angry with us because Jesus died in our place.” Indeed, that is exactly why evangelistic presentations based on penal substitution often do not even bother to mention the resurrection; for them it serves … [Read more...]

THE ATONEMENT DEBATE – Steve Chalke Argues Against Penal Substitutionary Atonement

In his chapter in the recent book The Atonement Debate, Steve Chalke begins to argue against penal substitution (PSA). He starts in a surprising, and to me, a deeply concerning way. One of my major concerns about this whole debate is what a rejection of PSA does to our view of the Bible. The concept of God’s wrath is very prominent in the Bible, culminating in the famous dilemma of Romans 3 where Paul essentially asks how can God be both JUST and yet FORGIVE our sin. In the context of Romans, to … [Read more...]

THE ATONEMENT DEBATE – Steve Chalke Confirms He Does Not Believe in Penal Substitution

I do want to thank Steve Chalke for the honesty and openness in his contribution to the recent book, The Atonement Debate. He is very bold, and explains his position with far more clarity than I feel he has done before. Reading his chapter was worthwhile as there is much confusion about what Chalke really believes. Indeed, many people, including N. T. Wright, have gone so far as to make pronouncements about what they are sure Chalke believes. But in this book we find the answer to the question … [Read more...]

Update on Steve Chalke and The Atonement Debate

Somehow I missed a book published earlier this year by Zondervan called The Atonement Debate. The book was described to me as a “cool-headed” approach to the whole debate on penal substitutionary atonement (PSA) that has been raging in evangelicalism since Steve Chalke popularized attempts to dismiss it as a form of “cosmic child abuse.” It is essentially an edited and expanded publication of some papers from a theological debate which took place under the auspices of the Evangelical Alliance and … [Read more...]

Death By Love – Pastoral Application of the Atonement by Driscoll and Breshears

I want to introduce you to a very unusual book by Mark Driscoll and his writing buddy and professor, Gerry Breshears. I would go so far as to say that this is a unique book in that I have never seen anything quite like it.If their first book together, Vintage Jesus, was a light cheerful book that offended some by its use of humor and at times edgy topics for illustrations, this new book by these two men is more of a grungy, almost dark book. The video over at the ReLit site leaves you in no … [Read more...]

BOOK – How Much Does God Foreknow? by Steve Roy

There is little doubt as we continue a short look at the attributes of God, inspired by the Together for the Gospel Statement, that possibly the attribute which currently has the most controversy surrounding it is that of God’s foreknowledge.For some neoliberals, it is preferable to think of a God who is every bit as surprised by the actions of people as we are (often termed "Open Theism"). God can — according to some of them — sympathize with people's hurt because He, too, is shocked by how even … [Read more...]

BLOGDOM TODAY – PC Birthday, WG06 Updates, Spurgeon

25TH BIRTHDAY FOR PCWORSHIP GOD 06 - LATEST NEWSSPURGEON STILL RELEVANT TODAYMohler Hails the 25th Anniversary of the PCI am old enough to remember a time without a PC, and young enough to have had them as a child. I'm in that generation E that Mohler mentions!Tags: mohler techUPDATES FROM WORSHIPGOD06Challies: Spiritual EavesdroppingInitial WorshipGod06 reflections from Tim Challies.Tags: SGMWorshipGod06 - mp3 Downloads Now Available"The main-session messages from WorshipGod06, held August … [Read more...]


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