Teaching the Atonement, Part 4: Some Conclusions

One of the more overlooked aspects of atonement theories is the importance of the resurrection. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:17 that if Christ is not raised then “your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” Here I think we have a possible aid to our assessment of atonement theories. To Paul, Christ’s death apart from his resurrection makes nonsense of Christ’s … Continue reading Teaching the Atonement, Part 4: Some Conclusions

The Adulteress: Guarding Your Students From Her Destruction

“O race of men, born to fly heavenward, how can a breath of wind make you fall back?” The Divine Comedy: Purgatorio Canto XII, lines 95-96 The above lines reiterate the oft-repeated and self-incriminating truth that the heart of man is corrupt, quickly returning to the entanglements of sin (Heb. 12.1). The greatest enemies of man are the sin planted deep in their hearts (Jer. … Continue reading The Adulteress: Guarding Your Students From Her Destruction

The New Philistine; Objective Polemicist

By Dan Snyder “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the … Continue reading The New Philistine; Objective Polemicist

FOR US AND FOR OUR SALVATION: INCARNATIONAL CONTEXTUALIZATION

Fracture. When has the word “fracture” been used in a way that we might call a “positive usage”? Indeed, it seems impossible to think of a circumstance in which we refer to something that has been “fractured” as a good thing. Even the word “shattered” can be conceived of in a positive context—as in a pot is shattered by the potter, so that it might … Continue reading FOR US AND FOR OUR SALVATION: INCARNATIONAL CONTEXTUALIZATION