Archive for the 'Soteriology' Category

Which way is home? Hell, the will of man, and the intentions of God

You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you. ~ St. Augustine There are profound theological implications for one’s understanding of the fate of sinners depending on whether one believes Augustine’s words. Was Augustine correct? Much of the church’s soteriology in the last several centuries has taken […]

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

A corollary to Godwin’s Law and problematic conceptions of justice

I am more convinced than ever that many Christians suffer from a massive misunderstanding of the nature of justice. Now for the record, I’m no Rob Bell groupie (I’ve never read anything he’s written), and I certainly don’t intend to critique any and every critique of him or his ideas. Nor do I intend this […]

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

“Daddy, what is hell?”

Sometime during the meandering introduction to the sermon this past Sunday, my five-year-old son turned to me and whispered, “What is hell?” The service suddenly got a lot more interesting. I don’t think anyone had said anything about hell in that service. But that’s my son: a chip off the old blockhead. Deep breath. “We’ll […]

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

A PSA regarding the “u-” word

Knee-Jerk Reaction Alert When you hear “universalism”, do not automatically think “there is no hell,” or “God is a soft touch who winks at sin.” Be aware that there are many versions of universalism, many with excellent ancient pedigrees, and most which do not maintain that punishment for sin is unnecessary, but that it is restorative rather […]

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

One Orthodox view of salvation

In conjunction with the original post at Pithless Thoughts, Steven Robinson quotes Orthodox monastic Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain: The person that is struggling to the best of his abilities, who has no desire to live a disorderly life, but who, in the course of the struggle for faith and life, falls and rises again and […]

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

A bit of a rant about limited atonement and unlimited smugness

Come to the table of grace; seek Him who gave you His life Remember the price that was paid, the gift of His sacrifice Come to the table of grace; love there to comfort and hold Remember the cost of His life, given to free ev’ry soul. Come to the table, the table of grace from “Come to […]

Monday, March 7th, 2011

St. Isaac the Syrian on the wrath of God

Amidst the current controversy, some are pointing out that, despite being maligned as though they were novel signs of our wayward times, current trends of Christians questioning the negative attributes of God sometimes presented in Scripture, attitudes like jealousy and vengeance that we find intolerable in other humans, are hardly novel in church history. To underscore this, here’s […]

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011