A video chat with “Hellbound?” director Kevin Miller

This week on the [ad hoc] Christianity Podcast we were privileged to chat with filmmaker Kevin Miller about his movie “Hellbound?”, which questions eternal hell.

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The righteousness from God, apart from the Law

Jesus’ holiness is not imputed to us from without; it must be cultivated from within.

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

“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

“We might not like it, but it’s in the Bible, so…”

I’m very much disturbed to see how often it is that Christians are so devoutly interested in upholding their scriptures that they don’t mind if either God or neighbor gets black and blue in the process. The trick to being an evangelical these days seems to be the willingness to maintain that evil is not […]

Monday, March 21st, 2011

The strange case of Dr. Universalist and Mr. Reformed

Synchronicity in the blogosphere can be almost spooky. I was sitting in the library working on my dissertation¬†a few days ago when an interesting thought occurred to me out of the blue. I floated it among some of my friends something like this: If the universalist is right, everyone will be reconciled to God in […]

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Inerrantists who ignore Scripture: who killed biblical synergism?

One of Calvinists’ staple arguments in favor of monergism is the inference that positing God as relying, in some sense, upon our decision to participate in salvation is actually a demotion of God, a heinous and (usually) heretical inversion of man’s sovereignty over that of God’s. On Facebook today, a Calvinist posted the following statement: […]

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Baptism: taking Scripture and tradition seriously

Polycarp at The Church of Jesus Christ and I seem to be travelling the same paths lately (does this indicate that I’m finally a part of the Church of Jesus Christ? The U.S. branch, anyway?). He recently wrote a series of posts, some in depth and some quite short, regarding hell and universalism in Scripture […]

Monday, March 15th, 2010