Atonement

God Can’t Be In The Presence of Sin? (And Other Crap About God We Mindlessly Repeat)

1K SharesShare1KTweetPin3Share+1RedditEmail Growing up evangelical, you’ve probably heard this answer to the question, “Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?” “Well, Johnny or Susie, it’s because God can’t be in the presence of sin.” They will often go on to explain how sin is so intolerable to God, that he can’t be anywhere …

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Some Problems I Have With Penal Substitution Theology of Atonement

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail If penal substitution is true, God is not unlike other ancient, blood-thirsty god. In church we often sing worship songs with themes and phrases that say, “there is none like you!” I believe those songs are beautiful, because it’s true– there is no God like our God. But if penal substitution is true, God …

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No, Jesus Wasn’t Born To Die (The Part of the Christmas Story We Screw Up)

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail For those of us who grew up in conservative or even moderate versions of Christianity, the Christmas story often begins with a pretty twisted premise: Jesus was born to die. It’s as if the entire purpose of his life was to die. We find this idea in Christmas songs, Christmas sermons, and all sorts …

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The Cross Is… (Philosophical Reflections on Calvary)

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail This is post 2 of 3 on philosophical reflections on the cross by pastor and philosopher, Jeff Cook … How we see the cross matters. Benjamin L. Corey here wrote, “the character of God we think we see on the cross becomes our foundation of understanding who God is.” Is the cross required to …

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God, The Cross, and the Problem of Evil (Jeff Cook)

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail  This is a first of three posts by pastor and philosopher, Jeff Cook, on philosophical reflections of the cross. … I have long believed that without pain, love is impossible. Real love requires sacrifice. The love I have for my boys is manifest in my persistent back pain from lifting them up over and …

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The One Word That Could Change Your View of the Atonement

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail We’ve spent the last few posts deconstructing aspects of the Penal Substitution theory of the atonement that so many of us grew up with (series archive, here). Today we turn away from the necessary deconstruction and begin reformulating a healthy view of the atonement. When I was doing my graduate work at Gordon-Conwell before …

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If Jesus Had To Die Before We Could Be Forgiven, I Have A Few More Questions

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail Today we wrap up the deconstruction portion of my atonement series (you can find the rest, here) which thus far has looked at problems I see with the Penal Substitution theory of the atonement. In this final deconstruction post, I present the lingering questions Penal Substitution brings up in my mind. In our next post, I …

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Blood Sacrifices? But God Didn’t Even Like Blood Sacrifices!

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail Continuing my series on theology of the atonement, we continue discussion of the issue of a blood sacrifice. The other day I noted that if God had demanded the blood sacrifice of a perfect, sinless human, he would not be all that different from Pagan deities who demanded blood to appease them. Many, of course, …

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3 Reasons To Question & Rethink Your Theology of the Cross (Atonement Series)

ShareTweetPinShare+1RedditEmail As we now turn a corner during the season of Lent, we begin to look towards the climactic end of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. Each year as we approach this season, I find myself rethinking the cross. Not whether or not it happened, but rethinking the significance. As the years have gone by …

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