A Better Atonement: Your Turn

We’re on the brink of Holy Week. I have been absolutely heartened at the robust conversation that we’ve been having on this blog around the atonement. It’s not an easy topic, I know. But it is extremely valuable.

So, next week, I’m going to post on the atonement every morning. (In the afternoon, Scot will be guest posting on Gagnon’s book, which will be great.) And I’m really hoping that you will join the conversation. I’ve set up a Storify and a Tumbler for the Atonement.

Here’s how you can join in: if you reflect on the atonement over the next week or so, let us know. Post your sermons, blog posts, Facebooks, tweets, for the rest of us to interact with.

You can join the Storify stream by posting your tweets with #ABetterAtonement.

You can post to the Tumblr by sending an email to fubrauf476@tumblr.com. You can also submit a post directly here.

Let us know about your post, sermon, even your tweet. We’re all in this together.

You can read all of the posts, and my past posts on this topic, here.

Jamie Is the Very Worst Missionary

I have a new blog for you to read. Jamie, who believes that she is the very worst missionary, is also a helluva funny writer. She and her brood live in Costa Rica, from whence she sends hilarious missives via the tubes. One, excerpted below, is about a group of American teens she ran across who were missionizing on her turf. They were giving out free hugs. For Jesus. Hilarity ensues.

Read her, follow her, like her:

As we moved through the crowded promenade, we could see these Gringos were were out in force, carrying signs (many in English) that said “Free hugs” and “Jesus loves You” and a couple of references to 1Corinthians, the love chapter.

Eventually, one of them found her way over to where we were sitting to offer a Jesus hug. Being a non-toucher, in general, I quickly declined. “No, thank you. I’m….I’m good.” And when my sweet, affection-loving friend finally relented to the poor girl’s persistent (insistent?) offer to give her a hug from Jesus, I knew immediately that I had made the right decision. That chick had my poor friend wrapped up like a cage-fighter when I saw how bad she was pitting-out. We’re talking pit-stains the size of Rhode Island…. For real. Want a hug? And possibly a communicable disease?…*Shudder*

By the way, Jesus loves you!

via Jamie the Very Worst Missionary: Hugs for Jesus..

A Better Atonement: But Does It Preach?

It seems that the penal substitutionary atonement is so well liked in part because it lends itself to some powerful preaching. But I think that alternative versions of the atonement preach well, too. There’s a whole book out about preaching alternative atonements.

Of course, I have a book out about the atonement. And earlier this week, I tried my hand at preaching A Better Atonement to a few thousand freshmen at Baylor University:

Many thanks to the wonderful people at Baylor and at Truett Seminary for having me.

I’d love your thought – does it preach?

Philip Clayton [Hearts] Emergent

Phil published an Op-Ed in the LA Times over the weekend:

Although a recent bumper crop of pundits likes to proclaim that we’d all be better off with no religion, I suspect that the majority of us believe that religion, in spite of its flaws, offers individuals the inspiration to be better people and to create a better nation. Seminary and church leaders, in particular, are highly motivated to staunch the decline. Unfortunately, many of them believe that what’s really needed is a return to the “faith of our fathers,” stricter adherence to creeds and (this is America, after all) better marketing methods.

I advocate a radically different solution: the Emerging Church. It’s a movement based on understanding the reasons for mainstream religion’s dramatic decline: improved scientific understanding, changing social norms, an increasingly pluralistic religious culture and more freedom to doubt and question — a freedom that until the last three centuries was mostly absent or suppressed and that is still resisted, sometimes violently, in much of the world today.

READ THE REST: Religion and the ‘rise of the nones’ – latimes.com.