It’s time for a new acronym—a counter-narrative to the Calvinistic gospel of TULIP, as well as to the Arminian DAISY and the Molinist ROSES. Read more

George MacDonald’s progressive views have garnered no shortage of controversy, but I’ve never heard his beliefs compared to open theism. Should they be? Read more

God’s perfect self-revelation is found only in Jesus Christ and the message he taught. To know what God is like, we must look to Jesus. Read more

Jesus taught them, saying, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you…” Read more

For week four of Random Text Tuesday (RTT), my random-text selector gave me Ephesians 5:4. I’m pretty excited to tackle this one, as I think it is one of the most misused and misapplied verses out there. I’ll start by quoting a few different versions because the translations are all over the place for this verse. No coarse, stupid, or flippant talk: these things are out of place; you should rather be thanking God. (REB) Obscene language, silly talk, or… Read more

I have a problem. I like used-book and thrift stores too much. I can’t help but grab stacks of books I think sound interesting. The problem is that I end up getting duplicates of titles I forgot I already had. I’ve started using Goodreads to catalog my library, and that’s helping, but I still keep finding duplicates. Lucky for you, I’ve decided to give away a stack of them! One winner will receive the books listed below: Celebration of Discipline… Read more

This is part three of a three-part review of Eric Seibert’s books. See my introductory remarks and review of Disturbing Divine Behavior if you haven’t already. In his previous book Eric Seibert lays the groundwork for a responsible reading of scripture—distinguishing the textual God from the actual God, and using the life and teaching of Jesus as the criteria by which we do so. Then in The Violence of Scripture, he adjusts his focus to the so-called “virtuous violence” found… Read more

For week three of Random Text Tuesday (RTT), my random-text selector gave me Obadiah 2. I shall make you the least of all nations, an object of utter contempt. (Obadiah 2, REB) The short prophecy of Obadiah (only 21 verses long) warns of impending judgment on Edom. Since we’ve just been considering Eric Seibert’s Disturbing Divine Behavior, this passage provides us with a great example text to evaluate. According to Obadiah, Yahweh himself was going to enact punishment against Edom,… Read more

It’s Good Friday, and the church is contemplating the death of Christ. Why did he die? What did his death accomplish? How does the atonement work? The single best explanation I’ve heard on this matter is Benjamin Myers’ talk on the “Patristic Atonement Model.” He gave the talk back in 2015 (and it was also published in the book Locating Atonement), but several unrelated conversations I’ve had recently have brought it back up again, and I thought it would be… Read more

This is part two of a three-part review of Eric Seibert’s books. See my introductory remarks if you haven’t already. In Disturbing Divine Behavior, Eric Seibert systematically demonstrates that the Bible (and particularly the Old Testament) both contains and endorses an amount of divine violence that is not only disturbing by modern sensibilities, but also immoral by the teachings of Jesus. He provides helpful categories for sorting through the different kinds of violence in the Old Testament (p. 17ff.): “God… Read more

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