The ABCs of Faith – Arianism!

I grew up in a church called "Trinity."  As I learned about what Christians believed, I eventually learned about the doctrine of the Trinity: there is one God who exists as Father, Son and Spirit.  Over the years, perhaps especially in my later teens when I first began to learn about and meet people who … Continue reading The ABCs of Faith – Arianism!

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The ABCs of Faith -Marcion and Gnostics!

Last night was our third week in our series The ABCs of Faith: How Good Theology Leads to Spiritual Maturity Through Actions, Belief and Connections.  After discussing a basic understanding of God (God is the infinite, being itself, set apart from all beings in a category his own who creates the universe as separate from … Continue reading The ABCs of Faith -Marcion and Gnostics!

#32 – Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright (My 100 Favorite Books)

This is the second day in a row an NT Wright book makes the list.  Yesterday I listed one of his more recent works, his magnum opus on Paul.  Today is probably the work that truly impacted my reading of the Gospels more than any other.  I read this book right after finishing seminary in … Continue reading #32 – Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright (My 100 Favorite Books)

#62 – I See Satan Fall Like Lightning by Rene Girard (My Favorite 100 Books)

The beauty of the crucifixion of Jesus is that it can be analyzed, meditated on and thought about from many angles and levels.  Rene Girard is someone who has promoted one way of seeing the crucifixion that has is a bit different then what those of us who grew up in conservative Christianity in America … Continue reading #62 – I See Satan Fall Like Lightning by Rene Girard (My Favorite 100 Books)

#71 – Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God by Brian Zahnd (My 100 Favorite Books)

What is God truly like?  This is a question I have wrestled with.  My whole life I have heard people say, and have said myself, that God is a God of love and of justice.  Your sin deserves God’s eternal and unending punishment, or wrath.  You can avoid this punishment by trusting in Jesus for … Continue reading #71 – Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God by Brian Zahnd (My 100 Favorite Books)

Why We Resist Nonviolence (Crucifixion of the Warrior God, ch. 6)

I've quipped that everyone is a Biblical literalist until it comes to Jesus' words on nonviolence.  Then every nuance and caveat is mined to make sure we are assured Jesus doesn't actually mean what he said.  So when it comes to traditional ideas of sexuality or hell, or much else, we're told the Bible just … Continue reading Why We Resist Nonviolence (Crucifixion of the Warrior God, ch. 6)