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...]

John Piper Interviewed on Justification

Mike Reeves of UCCF has interviewed John Piper on Justification. The audio is now online and, like anything by Piper, is well worth a listen. … [Read more...]

I Have a Book Contract With Crossway – Please Pray For Me

Lately I've become increasingly aware of the friendship and support I'm privileged to receive from my regular readers. These days it's usually a real joy to read my e-mails or log on to my blog's Facebook page. I can't thank you all enough for the encouragement I've received. The fact that a number of people seem to enjoy the things I share here still continues to surprise me.In recent months I have been coming to terms with an even bigger surprise. It was never one of my life's goals to … [Read more...]

SERMON – Back to the Word: Nehemiah 8

Last Sunday, I preached a sermon at Jubilee Church in our series on the book of Nehemiah. A video of it is now available to download. You can also download the mp3, listen to it right here, or read my notes below: “Let me tell you about a most wonderful experience I had early Monday morning, March 19, 2007, a little after six o’clock. God actually spoke to me. There is no doubt that it was God. I heard the words in my head just as clearly as when a memory of a conversation passes across your … [Read more...]

MLJ MONDAY – The Vital Place of the New Birth

I keep coming back to the subject of regeneration. I'm convinced that there is nothing more important for us to keep considering than this—not least because it enables us to be sure that we are saved ourselves, but also because of the effects a right understanding of this will have on us. I was therefore thrilled to find the following quote from the Doctor in a similar vein. We do not talk enough about this. What, then, is the new creation? What is the new man? What is this new thing that God c … [Read more...]

PIPER FRIDAY – Trust Not Laziness

Last Friday we spoke about how meekness is not an excuse for laziness. Today I have another quote from Dr. Piper about how God's instructions to us to trust him are not intended to make us lazy. As Oliver Cromwell is reported to have frequently said, "Trust in God and keep your gunpowder dry!"Matthew 6:26: “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” What we see when we look at the … [Read more...]


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