#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)

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#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)

Why Do We Resist Jesus’ Teaching?(Crucifixion of the Warrior God ch.3)

As I read Boyd's long book Crucifixion of the Warrior God, I am reminded of a common debate and inconsistency in Christian circles.  Some Christians will argue for a literal interpretation of every passage of scripture.  They argue for this when it comes to social issues like gay marriage and anyone who questions them is … Continue reading Why Do We Resist Jesus’ Teaching?(Crucifixion of the Warrior God ch.3)

What God is Like (Crucifixion of the Warrior God chs. 1-2)

We all have notions of what God is like.  These ideas and images are built from all sorts of sources - stories, pop culture, holy scriptures, teachers, friends.  I imagine even atheists have some picture in their minds of what the God they do not believe in is like.  In many cases, it is just … Continue reading What God is Like (Crucifixion of the Warrior God chs. 1-2)