Recommended Book: “The Sin of Certainty” by Peter Enns

Several years ago, I posted a list of resources that contained truths, which were---at the time---useful for setting me free from the shackles that fundamentalist evangelical Christianity placed on my mind and soul. One of those books was "Prisoner in the Third Cell." If you were helped by that book, then allow me to recommend …

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Bill Hybels: The Emaciated & Very Bony Fish — Part 2

Once again, institutional, corporate Christianity reels with groans and the grief that comes from exposure of high level corruption, this time from one of its seemingly untouchables---Willow Creek and Bill Hybels. It is no small stir. News publications such as the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times have covered the story. Colleagues figuratively shook …

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3 Crucial Reasons Why Holding to PSA (Penal Substitution Atonement) is Legitimate

1. Only Exclusive PSA is Problematic Justice can be both restorative and retributive; these complementary aspects of authentic justice are not mutually exclusive. Rather, the two aspects belong together in order to comprise and demonstrate a well-rounded justice. Penal Substitution Atonement can harmoniously coexist with other Atonement views, such as Medical Substitution, Christus Victor, Aikido …

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Romans 5:12 Series | Dr. Michael Heiser

Here is the series of posts on Romans 5:12. I do not take the traditional view — that the verse is about the transmission of Adamic guilt. I think it is inserted into the text. However, all humans are sinners (presuming they are allowed to live) and in need of Christ for salvation (i.e., salvation …

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Forgiveness & Justice

To hope for justice is neither anger, nor bitterness. It is rather the opposite of bitterness, because to hope for justice is to expect a thing only God can hand down... to trust in God to send deliverance. And God always does send a deliverer: "I have surely seen the affliction of my people who …

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Question & Answer: What is the Longest Anyone Could Go without Sin?

Brother Sam, I have an odd question. What do you think the longest is one man could go without any sin? Well, that is quite a hypothetical. The point is not to be sinless but to sin less, as a way of showing love to God.  A dear professor once said to me, "Can you …

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What About Baptism?

I write this blog post with two audiences in mind, admittedly. But, I choose to write it centered around (not based off of) one text of Scripture. I do so for the sake of brevity. Many passages have been weighed and examined before choosing this one. [If you have comment or question, please feel free …

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What About Those Who Have Not Heard?

I'd like to answer the argument against biblical Christianity that goes something like this: If faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to God, then what about those who have not heard about Jesus? Aren't all religions the same, and aren't there many ways to God? Christians should not be so dogmatic and arrogant …

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Grace

Grace is one of those "fuzzy" Bible words Christians use but rarely explain. Yet one can find the word "grace" in almost every sector of life. Finance has its "grace period." The fine arts dances refer to one's being "graceful." One of the world's most recognizable tunes is "Amazing Grace." Some families might say  "grace" …

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