Rediscovering Theopedia

I have spent a bit of time over the last few days rediscovering Theopedia. It is not quite so frenetic and unstructured as Wikkipedia. This is probably due to its requirement that you acknowledge a statement of faith and be registered before editing items. They are keen for more contributors and if you have good quality material you have blogged and are willing to adapt, they are happy for it to be included in their articles with the appropriate acknowledgments. Would be great to have a few more … [Read more...]

Limited/Unlimited Atonement – Just Who Did Jesus Die For?

As regular readers will know, this week I am swiftly working through the glorious doctrines of grace—the so-called "TULIP." Today we reach the Limited Atonement item which is, in my opinion, the most misunderstood, and the item with possibly the most nuances needed in our understanding of it. As such, it will get the largest number of quotes so far.I found a couple of interesting quotes in a post and comment section that asked, What does Mark Driscoll mean by limited/unlimited atonement?. The f … [Read more...]

I Want It All . . . Continued

Yesterday I was speaking of wanting it all . . . well, there are six very precious people who I want to spend some serious time with this summer. So this will be my last post for at least two weeks, and quite possibly longer. Certainly if I do blog at all in August, it’s my intention that it will not be much or very frequent. If you still want to fill your coffee break, come back and follow the links to Warnie headlines which will keep appearing in the sidebar.Or, if you have missed reading some … [Read more...]


UPDATE In January 2008, the following post was identified as the 10th all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 11th most-read post was The Atonement—Wright Attacks Both Sides of the Debate.Of all the posts I have written, this one is probably my own personal favorite. It is a rallying call to a kind of Christianity that is not ashamed to embrace the best from many different backgrounds.***************The last four words of the above title are not new to me, but they are c … [Read more...]

John Stott on the Atonement – The Conclusion

This is it. The end. My final post in this series. Of course, I am sure I will return to this subject from time to time — especially if there are other developments in the wider scene. But this really is the conclusion of my series — it is time to move on to other matters.It is only appropriate that the final quote in this prolonged series on the cross be given to that stalwart champion of penal substitution who recently finally retired — John Stott."The Cross is the blazing fire at which the fla … [Read more...]

Terry Virgo On the Results of the Cross

So far I have shared quotes from Wayne Grudem, Spurgeon, Tom Schreiner, and C. J. Mahaney on the cross. Today it's Terry Virgo’s turn: “Remember God has accepted us. The gospel of grace is a message of breathtaking freedom. It must be embraced with faith and thanksgiving. You are thoroughly accepted just as you are. Jesus Christ is your righteousness and he is never going to change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. When you wake tomorrow, he will still be your righteousness, before … [Read more...]

C. J. Mahaney on the Cross

I have now provided thoughts on the cross from Wayne Grudem, C. H. Spurgeon, and Tom Schreiner. Today it's C. J.’s turn:“As a pastor few things affect me more than interacting with those who are unaware of God's personal love for them. Normally there isn’t a week that goes by where I’m not talking with someone who hasn’t understood this truth — Christ loved me and gave Himself for me — in personal experience . . . very small errors in a person’s understanding of the Gospel seemed to result in ver … [Read more...]

Tom Schreiner on the Atonement

So far we have shared quotes from Wayne Grudem and C. H. Spurgeon on the cross. Today I’d like to share a quote from Dr. Tom Schreiner, Associate Dean and Professor of New Testament at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, Kentucky). Incidentally, Martin Downes has just posted an interview with Dr. Schreiner. “I define penal substitution as follows: The Father, because of his love for human beings, sent his Son (who offered himself willingly and gladly) to satisfy his justice, so tha … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on the Atonement

Yesterday I shared a quote from Wayne Grudem on the atonement. Today it’s Spurgeon’s turn:“All the love and acceptance which perfect obedience could have obtained of God belong to you because Christ was perfectly obedient on your behalf. Those who set aside the atonement as a satisfaction for sin also murder the doctrine of justification by faith. They must do so. There is a common element which is the essence of both doctrines; so that, if you deny the one, you destroy the other.Modern thought i … [Read more...]

Wayne Grudem on the Atonement

Over the next couple of days I will be sharing some of my favorite quotes from others on the atonement. This will finally conclude my Atonement series. We begin today with Dr. Wayne Grudem: “ . . . there is an eternal, unchangeable requirement in the holiness and justice of God that sin be paid for. Furthermore, before the atonement ever could have an effect on our subjective consciousness, it first had an effect on God and his relation to the sinners he planned to redeem. Apart from this c … [Read more...]