Exploring Love Wins 7

The 5th chp in Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, is called “Dying to Live.”  I am asking that you pause quietly and slow down enough to pray this prayer as the way to approach this entire series: O Lord, you have [Read More...]

Day Zero, an illustration of atonement

A theologian friend sent this to me. It is by Gordon Coulter, and is an exploration of biblical ideas on atonement through an experience with cancer. By Gordon L. Coulter, Ed.D., with James S. Miser, M.D. “What can wash away my sin?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus: What can make me whole again? Nothing [Read More...]

Beyond the Abyss 4

Admittedly, this is not the typical way to start off a Monday morning, but we are going through Sharon Baker’s book, and the topic she deals with — the justifiability or unjustifiability of hell — is a serious topic and one worthy of our best thinking. In chp 3 of Sharon Baker’s Razing Hell: Rethinking [Read More...]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Marcus Maher

Marcus Maher, an M.Div. student who blogs at Zetountes, writes this review on a most important book and an increasing, relational trend in Paul’s soteriology. One thing I hope you observe in this review is his fair-minded description and his charitable approach to disagreement.    Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul’s [Read More...]

New Perspective and a Metaphor for Sin

Sin has a history, and the history of the use of words for sin sheds light on the current debate about the new perspective on Paul.  Gary Anderson, in his superbly written Sin: A History , demonstrates that the oldest and most predominant Old Testament idea  about sin was that it was a load to carry and [Read More...]

The Gods Aren’t Angry

Kris and I sat down the other night to watch Rob Bell’s DVD called The Gods Aren’t Angry. My question: What do you think of it? Did any of you see this live and have a response? [Read more...]

Friday is for Friends

“I believe in the forgiveness of sins,” a famous line in the Apostles’ Creed, means “I believe in the rebirth of relationships” according to Telford Work in Ain’t Too Proud to Beg (166). To help himself discuss the Lord’s prayer petition for forgiveness, Telford explores Tom Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons. [Read more...]

Friday is for Friends

“I believe in the forgiveness of sins,” a famous line in the Apostles’ Creed, means “I believe in the rebirth of relationships” according to Telford Work in Ain’t Too Proud to Beg (166). To help himself discuss the Lord’s prayer petition for forgiveness, Telford explores Tom Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons. [Read more...]

Atonement Thinking

Anyone who follows this blog knows we have have a number of conversations about atonement and the various theories associated with it, leading as it did to a recent book of mine called Community called Atonement. But a few new books have passed my way and I’d like to mention two of them: [Read more...]

McLaren Reviews McKnight

“Atonement Wars”? Let’s Hope Not. A book review of Scot McKnight’s A Community called Atonement by Brian McLaren. [Read more...]


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