Has John Piper Changed his Mind about “It’s Right for God to Slaughter Women and Children Anytime He Pleases”? (I’m just asking because the page is missing)

I just noticed that the link to John Piper’s post “How Could God Kill Women and Children?” is now dead–and I do not wish to dwell on the irony of it. Some of you may remember that I posted about Piper’s thoughts on Canaanite genocide during the summer, first here, with two follow up posts [Read More…]

Is Christianity a Tribalistic Religion? Sort of looks that way.

At GospelFutures, Neil Williams continues his posts on the gospel and relational transformation by asking Does Christianity promote tribalism? Note Williams doesn’t ask whether Jesus or the New Testament promote tribalism. They don’t. He is asking whether Christianity does. The answer seems to be “yes” Note, too, what Williams means by “tribalism”:  not any claim to exclusivism, but [Read More…]

And Brief (and let’s hope final, but If I know me probably not) Comment on God’s Violence in the Old Testament

I’ve been writing some posts lately, beginning here, about God’s violence in the Old Testament, especially toward the Canaanites. I don’t mean to beat a dead horse (pardon the violent metaphor), and I am certainly not pressing the issue because I am bored and don’t know what to do with myself. I am taking the time to talk about God’s violence [Read More…]

John Piper on Why “It’s Right for God to Slaughter Women and Children Anytime He Pleases” and Why I Have Some Major Problems with That

Author and pastor John Piper, in a relatively recent interview on his website Desiring God: God-Centered Resources from the Ministry of John Piper, discusses the vexing problem of God ordering the mass killing of every Canaanite man, woman, and child. Here is the opening quote. “It’s right for God to slaughter women and children anytime he pleases. God [Read More…]

What’s the REAL Problem with No Historical Adam, Really?

I’ve read a lot of responses to my book Evolution of Adam, The: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins and nearly all, supportive, critical, and in between, have something to say that is worth listening to. But few are nailing the problem that a non-historical reading, or at least a non-first [Read More…]