More on the Atonement

In Reflections of the Times Carla has it dead right. There simply isn't a more important issue facing the church today than the atonement. It is absolutely critical that more of us examine this matter more fully and become clear about what we believe that bible says and why we believe that. Go and read her post and all those she links to right now! … [Read more...]

Theopedia an encyclopedia of Biblical Christianity

Theopedia is an explicitly Christian encyclopedia with 854 articles. It is an impressive feat already, but one of the strengths of this format is that you the reader can make it even better. So whether you want to find out what Penal Substitution is or whether you want to contribute your own writing to a growingly useful resource, why not follow the link and take a look around! … [Read more...]

Does penal substitution contribute to oppression?

I received this email today-I read with interest your article on Steve Chalke and The lost message of Jesus? posted on Sunday November the 21st 2004.I am currently doing a dissertation for my theology degree.....and came upon this article during some research. My dissertation is about the atonement theory and whether the theory of penal substitution is necessary to Christianity. You seem to feel extremely strongly that the idea that Jesus'? death as an atonement for our sins is essential to you … [Read more...]

"God is the gospel" by John Piper : book review

With this book Piper raises the bar. It is clearly his argument that Joy in God is the goal of the gospel itself. He really did mean it when he said the chief purpose of man is to glorify God BY enjoying him forever. Now, he makes plain that it is God himself who makes the gospel good news. Before we get into the review proper, why not Read the Introduction and Chapter 1Listen to the Audio introduction by John Piper Piper's book opens as follows:From the first sin in the Garden of Eden to the … [Read more...]

Piper on Baptism with the Holy Spirit

Piper back in 1984 said some remarkable things about the Holy Spirit. which I think are of great interest and are surprisingly consistent with the veiws on the Holy Spirit I have quoted and outlined previously. Saying things like this Piper could almost be confused for a member of the charismatic church I attendNow the positive thing I want to say about the moderate Pentecostal teaching (represented by the Bennets) is that it is right to stress the experiential reality of receiving the Spirit. … [Read more...]

The Baptism with the Holy Spirit as a distinct experience and speaking in tongues

Blogotional disagrees with my thoughts on the Holy Spirit:"Adrain does a wonderful job earlier in his post of defending his assertions scripturally, but here I see no such back up. Save for the the Acts account of Pentecost, I see no evidence of a conscious and separate experience marking receipt of the Holy Spirit. Further I see no evidence that such an event will 'usually' be accompanied with tongues or prophecy."As far as both points, I think a swift perusal of the use of the word Spirit in … [Read more...]

Assorted thoughts on the Baptism with the Holy Spirit

This post is a gathering into one place of as many thoughts, verses and quotes on the Holy Spirit as I can find from my blog. I have posted much if not all of this before but here it all is together....Just to kick of with, I believe that the HS is given:1. To assure us of salvation2. To empower us to live godly lives since, "PRINT ON A PAGE CAN NEVER MAKE US HOLY ON ITS OWN."3. To make us more evangelistic (cf the boldness of Acts 2) 4. To give us giftsGal 3:13ff Christ redeemed us from the … [Read more...]

God's Will and the fruit of the Spirit.

Good morning, I know for some of you it's good afternoon. The blogosphere is a little slow this morning, well, except for politics.One story I want to highlight is at The Christian Mind and is about learning the Will of God for our lives. Jollyblogger also highlights it and has some additional thoughts.Question for discussion: Does anyone ever get concerned with God's Will when it comes to blogging?I'm studying and writing this morning so I will leave you with the passage that I am working … [Read more...]

The gospel in one passage- penal substution clearly defined

With all the recent challenges on the gospel, a passage in 2 Corinthians 5 is becomming ever more precious to me. The key verse is 21, but I will here set it in context. This passage alone seems to me to demolish N.T.Wright's new perspectives on Paul as well as Steve Chalkes criticisms of the penal substitution view of the atonement:Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us … [Read more...]

Evangelicalism RIP – killed by its friends?

Blogotional did a great job of bringing together my call for us to learn from any corner we can with pyromaniacs concerns about the decline of the concept of evangelical as in any way useful as a definition.One of the things that Phil and I spoke of minutes before the first london bombers was what we termed an evangelical war over doctrine which was being fought by theological 'terrorists'. Up till now I havent wanted to share that term as recent events made it seem inappropriate. Imagine my … [Read more...]