This Christmas, I hope churches open up visitors to the breadth of theology around who Jesus can be for them.
How can we, as individuals and as a society, hold our tribal identities differently when we live into the New Creation called for by Paul the Apostle?
There’s a variety of understandings of when God and humanity were reconciled; here’s a repost of a helpful chart outlining those variety of atonement theories.
There’s been plenty of responses to the ridiculous assertion by Fox News that “Jesus was White.” But none of them go far enough. And if we wanted to go the furthest from the statement “Jesus was white” there’s nowhere else to go but to Dr. James Cone. The following is an extended quote from James […]
Everyone is just *shocked* that Pope Francis has said that non-Christians and Christians may end up in the same place in the grand scheme of things. I heard the news and yawned and said “Oh, Karl Rahner is in the news…” Karl Rahner was one of the greatest minds in the Roman Catholic Church. His […]
For my Sunday School class, I have created the below graphic to help them understand what atonement means and the varieties of understandings of what it took for humanity to be reconciled to God. Here’s the lesson: The word atonement comes from sixteenth-century English and literally means at-one-ment. Atonement is the process of reconciliation between […]
Atonement from Jesus’ Life, Not His Death What happened on the Cross? Before that…why are you asking at Christmas? We’re talking about baby Jesus not Jesus on the Cross! Weirdo!! The following is an attempt to offer a middle ground between blood atonement (Jesus’ death atoned for our sins) and exemplary atonement (Jesus’ life atoned […]
‘V for Vendetta’ and HopeForgive me blogosphere for I have sinned. It’s a new year and this blog has gone through its longest posting drought ever: 22 days since my last post. Wowzers. I’ve got too many fingers in too many digital pots and for some reason, December is busy for clergy. Oh well, glad to […]
Bible Study: Matthew 16, Mark 8We often think of the person of Jesus Christ and his mission as being unwavering: single-minded to the task set before Christ by God. But at least twice in the Gospels, it appears that Jesus is vulnerable to human actions affecting his own personal dedication to the mission. In the […]
These days we’re doing a chapter-by-chapter discussion of Gonzalez’s Church History books…what I thought was boring in Seminary makes for lively conversation in the church! So the conversation came up about the early Christian martyrs and trying to define what ‘martyr’ meant. We waffled between two definitions: Someone who dies for a cause *OR* Someone […]