“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

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

Justice and the demands of the law

Here’s a little thought experiment. Let’s say you heard tell of a ruler of a foreign country who decreed that all citizens of his country who broke even one of that country’s laws deserved to be, and henceforth would be, locked up and tortured for the rest of their lives. Additionally, he took the most […]

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Substitutionary atonement: “a grotesquely deformed absurdity”

Although the term “penal substitution” is not uniformly familiar, the concept itself is something that the majority of American Christians accept as the official summary of how Christian salvation works. In essence, there is tension between God’s justice and His love: our sin offends God in such a way that His wrath can only be appeased […]

Sunday, June 27th, 2010