Is God Out to Get You or Forgive You? Retributive Violence and the Gospel

I’ve been doing some writing lately, and a nagging topic keeps coming up in one way or another and won’t leave me alone. Last year, I put up a few posts on divine violence against Canaanites in the Old Testament (here, here, here, here, and more recently here), which is enough of a topic to [Read More…]


Followers of Jesus are commanded by him to forgive others, even those…especially those…who have wronged us. He commands us to do so, because, when we forgive, especially those who have wronged us terribly, we are most like God. Forgiveness does not mean that we make believe the injustice never happened, or make light of it. [Read More…]