3 Reasons God Did Not Kill Jesus (But Jesus Still Had to Die)


Right after Mel Gibson's blood-drenched The Passion of the Christ hit theaters and toppled the box office, John Piper released a book called The Passion of Jesus Christ that was intended to seize this cultural moment for the sake of the gospel. Churches, like my Reformed Baptist church in Vermont, ordered this inexpensive book by the truckload in the hopes of educating their congregants and evangelizing their communities alike. I took home a few, and gave a way a couple. At the time, I was all i … [Read more...]

Jesus Is Dying to be Inclusive – So Why Aren’t We?


It's Good Friday, and lots of Christians are reflecting on the single most defining truth in our faith-story.That Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures.Yes, there's more to the story than just that. But if you were going to pin down one sentence, one phrase, that encapsulates who we are both in our own perception and the perceptions of those outside the church, it would likely be, Jesus died for our sins. Yes, Jesus lived (to inaugurate the kingdom). Yes, Jesus rose (to … [Read more...]

Do No Harm: Paul in Context, pt. 1

In the wake of a strong debate revolving around the neo-Reformed teaching of human "brokenness" as a form of "deep" total depravity, and how this teaching affects children, I wanted to look at a couple of the fundamental biblical issues at work.Really, I've been thinking about how modern Reformed theology so egregiously takes Paul out of context in communicating its systematic message. How the "doctrines of grace" as they are called, or the TULIP, or even the bedrock doctrine of … [Read more...]