Cheating the system with Jesus is not justice

I usually like Coffee with Jesus, but this time… via Radio Free Babylon on Facebook In a way I do like this one because it flatly exposes the chicanery involved with the kind of Atonement so popular in Evangelical circles these days–although seemingly without realizing it. Sadly, it appears Kevin and Jesus haven’t read their […]

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

“He could not do it without us”: synergistic atonement — Mondays with MacDonald

“Then again, as the power that brings about a making-up for any wrong done by man to man, I believe in the atonement.”

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Engaging Olson on the objective theories of the Atonement

I thought I was done posting about this subject for a while, but apparently I’m not the only one thinking about this! The following comes from Roger Olson, someone whose views I often find quite compelling. What does he think about the atonement? …I do think denial of any objective-transactional aspect of the atonement is […]

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Mondays with MacDonald (on penal substitution’s pagan affinities)

They say first, God must punish the sinner, for justice requires it; then they say he does not punish the sinner, but punishes a perfectly righteous man instead, attributes his righteousness to the sinner, and so continues just. Was there ever such a confusion, such an inversion of right and wrong! Justice could not treat […]

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Thoughts on “Christ crucified” and the gospel according to Jesus and Paul

Recently I was listening to a pastor describing the gospel in the predominant Reformed fashion as the message that sinners are absolved of guilt because Christ died in order to allow God to punish sin without condemning vile, sinful humanity (at least those of us who are fortunate enough to be among the elect). Under this rubric, […]

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

One of the greatest Christian sermons comes to YouTube

At long last, David Baldwin‘s labor of love has given us an annotated recording of George MacDonald’s theological tour de force, “Justice.” This is definitely MacDonald at his finest; his beliefs on the Atonement, hell, God’s Fatherhood, and, of course, justice are nowhere more compelling than in this masterpiece. Enjoy, disseminate amongst all your loved ones […]

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Mondays with MacDonald (on the disconnect between orthodoxy and biblical faith)

What I come to and insist upon is, that, supposing your theories right, and containing all that is to be believed, yet those theories are not what makes you Christians, if Christians indeed you are. On the contrary, they are, with not a few of you, just what keeps you from being Christians. For when […]

Monday, November 8th, 2010