The Truth about God and Interfaith Relationships

Can we share God?Because for many of us, God is something that we refuse to share. In fact, human history shows that we will fight over God. God, after all, is truth. And we all like to think that we hold the Truth. But what happens when others claim that they hold the Truth about God? We get caught in a rivalry, even killing over who possesses the Truth.But believing that we hold the truth about God is to turn God into an idol. That’s because we don’t hold the truth about God. None of us … [Read more...]

The Sacrifice: Should Religion Be Expelled or Redeemed?

Many atheists argue that religion is a massive problem in our world. Since religion is the cause of major conflicts and violence, we would be much better off if we expelled religion from our midst.As a Christian, it may surprise you that I think there’s a lot of merit to this atheist critique of religion. And René Girard helps us understand why.Religion and violence have always been connected. “Violence and the sacred are inseparable,” wrote Girard in his book Violence and the Sacred. The … [Read more...]

Clearing the Confusion about God, Transgender, and Bathrooms

I’m going to be honest with you. I’m confused – and I know that many of my fellow cisgender male friends are confused, too. I even hesitate to use that word … cisgender … it’s so new to me. I think it means someone who identifies with the gender they were given at birth. At any rate, I identify as a male, which aligns with the gender I was assigned at birth, which makes me cisgender.Now that I've cleared that up ... let me clear up another part of the confusion for my cisgender friends: We ar … [Read more...]

Wednesday Sermon: We are “People of the Way”

Pastors have a frequent question when they begin to discover mimetic theory. “That’s great. But how does it preach?”Reverend Tom Truby shows that mimetic theory is a powerful tool that enables pastors to preach the Gospel in a way that is meaningful and refreshing to the modern world. Each Wednesday, Teaching Nonviolent Atonement will highlight his sermons as an example of preaching the Gospel through mimetic theory.In this sermon, Tom reflects on the conversion of Saul. Tom's  … [Read more...]

Dead to Me – Shark Tank and the Miracle of Resurrection

“You are dead to me.”Shark Tank is one of my favorite shows. Admittedly, it’s one of my guilty pleasures. The “Sharks” are described as “tough, self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons.” They invest their own money in entrepreneurs who pitch their product to the Sharks. ABC states that the Sharks give “people from all walks of life the chance to chase the American dream, and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires.”But, they are called “Sharks” for … [Read more...]

Theology and Sacrifice in Batman v. Superman [SPOILERS]

The critics have almost universally condemned Batman v. Superman. Personally, I think they’re right. Like many, I fell into plot holes about every 15 minutes and had a difficult time finding my way out. But for all the problems with the story line, Batman v. Superman asks some really good questions about theology, evil, and sacrifice.There is an ancient sacrificial formula. According to René Girard, it goes back all the way to the founding of the first human cultures. Most concisely, the fo … [Read more...]

Wednesday Sermon: Thomas Believed!

Pastors have a frequent question when they begin to discover mimetic theory. “That’s great. But how does it preach?”Reverend Tom Truby shows that mimetic theory is a powerful tool that enables pastors to preach the Gospel in a way that is meaningful and refreshing to the modern world. Each Wednesday, Teaching Nonviolent Atonement will highlight his sermons as an example of preaching the Gospel through mimetic theory.In this sermon, Tom reflects on mimetic theory's notion of "inter … [Read more...]


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