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 […]

God Has The Blues

God Has The Blues   There’s a place I know where the train goes slow Where the sinner can be washed in the blood of the lamb There’s a river by the trestle down by sinner’s grove Down where the willow and the dogwood grow You can hear the whistle, you can hear the bell […]

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 […]

Peter’s Misunderstanding of Jesus

Peter’s Misunderstanding of Jesus   One of the most well known stories in the New Testament is the story of Peter’s denial of Jesus during Jesus’ trial before the Jewish council.  The backstory is just as well known.  At the eve of Jesus’ arrest, Jesus and his entourage are enjoying Passover.  There was much eating […]

The Atoning Work of Jesus: Joel B. Green

The Atoning Work of Jesus: Joel B. Green   For many, it is difficult to understand how the death of one man, considered to be sacrificial, can be a covering or atonement for sin. Still, this is what Christians believe Jesus did for them. Through his death on the cross Jesus reconciled, redeemed, conquered, and […]

Sickness and Suffering in Light of Christ

Sickness and Suffering in Light of Christ   C.S. Lewis once wrote,“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world (1940).” The reality is that we will all experience […]