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, […]

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 […]

The Cross, Human Violence, and The Crucifixion of God

The Cross, Human Violence, and The Crucifixion of God   The Paris attacks and global crises have had me thinking, thinking a lot (and losing sleep). My emotions over these devastating events have me feeling angry, enraged, and sad, depressed, and in other words, I am wrestling with human emotion. There is no escaping the […]

Am I my Brothers Keeper?

Am I my Brothers Keeper?   I recently came across the story of Cain (spear) and Able (fleeting breath) and it made me think about a few things. We all know the dark and twisted story of Cain murdering his brother able. When the Lord asks, “Where is Able?” Cain’s words are haunting and scary. […]

Wrestling with Tough Old Testament Questions

Wrestling with Tough Old Testament Questions   Matthew Schlimm is Associate Professor of Old Testament at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. His most recent book is This Strange and Sacred Scripture: Wrestling with the Old Testament and Its Oddities (Baker Academic). 1) Why does Genesis have two creation stories? On really important matters, the […]

Relinquishing Power and Following Jesus in Humility

Relinquishing Power and Following Jesus in Humility   The struggle for power resides in all of us, we all desire to be strong and powerful (we live in society that has created superheroes and stars, though I confess, I am a comic fan). When one studies the history concerning civilizations and empires of the world, […]

Living as a Transformed People.

Living as a Transformed People   What does it mean to be a transformed person living in an age of conformity? Is conformity a bad thing? More specifically, what I want to address is this, what does it mean to be a transformed Christian living in light of being in Christ. I hope to address […]

Racism and The Bible

Racism and The Bible Erick Cobb is a teaching pastor at Covenant Grace Church in Temecula. Check out Covenant Grace’s Church, here is a link to their website http://www.covgrace.org/ 1. Erick, does the bible support racism as many atheist claim? I have heard that claim as well and I know that the Bible has been used historically to […]