Moral outrage and other ways to “win” arguments

If you’d like to read a fascinating critique of penal substitutionary atonement theory, I heartily recommend you read through Michael Hardin’s comments on this recent post by Scot McKnight. However, if you’d like to observe some commonly employed tactics used to avoid substantive critique of one’s position, I invite you to read Scot’s post, itself. [Read More...]

For the record, I am NOT Kevin A. Miller

THIS is Kevin A. Miller. And if you’re like me, you probably had to do a double take to make sure it wasn’t Tony Robbins. This is the first time I’ve had to make this distinction, due to the critique Kevin wrote of Brian McLaren, Rob Bell and Donald Miller. However, it makes me chuckle [Read More...]

The only exclusive truth claim you can make

As someone who spends a lot of time doing research, I’ve become a huge fan of Amazon’s recommendation system (“Customers who bought this item also bought…”). It’s a great way to simulate the experience of browsing through a bookstore or a library and stumbling across an item you didn’t know you needed until you saw [Read More...]

One year ago at the Wild Goose Festival…

That’s when we first screened Hellbound? in public. It was an inauspicious beginning. About 40 people–and two pigs–turned up for the 11pm showing of what was billed as a “mystery item” in the schedule.┬áIt took place in a tent with fireflies occasionally flickering across the screen. I was pretty tense seeing as it was going [Read More...]

Is God violent? Brian McLaren weighs in

In light of my recent blog posts addressing what I see as significant problems inherent in Reformed Christianity, penal substitution views of the atonement and the like, I thought it might be helpful to post this outtake from Brian McLaren’s Hellbound? interview. Enjoy! Is God Violent? Brian McLaren gives his POV from Kevin Miller on [Read More...]