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What The Hell is Hell? (Part 1)

What The Hell is Hell? (Part 1) Illustration by Casey Dayton  Hell is a weighty and often heavy topic — In a few posts I thought maybe I would tackle this beast in three segments outlining and highlighting the beauty of this wonderful doctrine, said no one ever. KEEP IN MIND THIS WILL BE A […]

Old Testament Diversity. It is real and God is Cool With it….

Old Testament Diversity. It is real and God is Cool With it….    “The word of God cannot be kept safe from the rough-and-tumble drama of human history. For the Bible to be the word of God implies the exact opposite.” Lately I have been re-reading Peter Enn’s book “Inspiration and Incarnation, evangelicals and the […]

Authentically Engaged

Authentically Engaged   As Christ ascended skyward into the heavens, he left his apostles with over three years of ministry experience, a central commandment to follow, and in awestruck wonder. Christ did not give his apostles a ten step program in how to develop the Early Church. No true structure was in place for leadership, […]

Current Interest: Textual Criticism

Current Interest: Textual Criticism   Prior to the emergence of the printing press (c. 1440) every ancient classic, philosophical treatise, historical record, and religious text was hand written. Some of these documents were copied in order to distribute them to the public, archive them in libraries, and preserve their continual availability for successive generations. Because […]

No Bacon For You….. “Strange prohibitions in the Bible.”

No Bacon For You….. “Strange prohibitions in the Bible.” In the strange book of Leviticus (read it, it’s an exhausting read with strange foreign commands )  we are told that bacon is extremely bad and one should not eat it — some of you are thinking, “it’s a good thing we have move past this […]

What is an Amateur Theologian?

What is an Amateur Theologian? Amateur Theologians is not simply the name of this project. It is much more. Amateur theologians encapsulates our approach, understanding, and expectation of theological reflection. In other words, the title of this project is shorthand for describing a particular kind of theologian. Strictly speaking, then, we are setting out to […]

Why is The Bible Weird?

Why is The Bible Weird? Rembrandt, Belshazzar’s Feast Before you call me a heretic, or write me off as a Bible basher, that’s not the case at all,  I actually love the Bible (and the God it reveals) – so here me out…… One sunday afternoon, the preacher had been speaking about having devotional time […]

The Early Christians Were Protesters

The Early Christians Were Protesters   The earliest believers who followed Jesus were protesters. Yes, that’s right, protesters. What did they happen to be protesting? Empire and what it means to be human (no small thing, right?). The way they went about doing this was with—it might be a new word for you—but it’s called […]

Penal Substitution and Divine Child Abuse

Penal Substitution and Divine Child Abuse Illustration by Casey Dayton Certain doctrines are more liable to critique and controversy than others. Doctrines like the love of God are generally accepted and affirmed by virtually every theologian, albeit with variations. Other doctrines engender more complexity and a variegated range of views, perspectives, or are sometimes outright […]

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