God as Dialysis Machine: The Sacrificial Calendar as the Renewal of the Covenant and the Retelling of Moses’ Mediation on Mount Sinai

Pictured: A statue in Bern, Switzerland of Moses coming down the mountain, carrying the tablets of stone, his face shining (represented by the rays).  Photo credit:  Mike Lehmann, Wikimedia Commons. The table comparison below is a summary of previous work I have done on the Old Testament sacrificial system (see posts).  The comparison shows that…

Enlarge My Heart | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry

This Series: This is the second blog post in a series called Human Being, Human Becoming.  I am exploring what human nature and human personhood are from biblical and theological perspectives.  I combine those insights cautiously with other disciplines, like neuroscience, psychology, etc.  Throughout, I am explaining why the medical substitutionary atonement view of Jesus –…

Neuroscience, Emotional Health, Human Becoming, and Jesus | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry

This Series: This is the first blog post in a series called Human Being, Human Becoming.  I am exploring what human nature and human personhood are from biblical and theological perspectives.  I combine those insights cautiously with other disciplines, like neuroscience, psychology, etc.  Throughout, I am explaining why the medical substitutionary atonement view of Jesus…

Theology and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter

In the spirit of continuing full and fun explorations of Christian themes in important stories for today, here is The Theology of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter.  Hope you enjoy it! Click to access article-theology-of-harry-potter.pdf

Theology and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

In the spirit of continuing full and fun explorations of Christian themes in important stories for today, here is The Theology of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.  My dad read these to me when I was a kid.  My appreciation and love for the story has grown ever since.  Hope you enjoy! Click…

Theology and Marvel’s Black Panther

I was encouraged by friends to explore The Theology of Marvel’s Black Panther. This movie is a brilliant, timely reflection on our times, and has not one wasted word. I hope this reflection on the movie conveys some of my appreciation for it. Check out the slides – they are self-explanatory enough, and I might…

Why Jesus’ Atonement Involved the Retelling of Older Stories:  He Carried Human Nature, But Did It Better | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry

What Penal Substitution Misses:  The Human Impact on Human Nature A further unfortunate result of Stott’s approach to Jesus’ cry is that he obscures Matthew’s actual atonement theology.  As I argue in what follows, Matthew utilizes the narrative format of atonement called recapitulation, where Jesus ‘fills to the full’ the narratives and stories before him,…

‘My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?’: Why the Father Did Not Turn Against or Away from the Son | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry

John Stott’s The Cross of Christ In his now-classic book, The Cross of Christ, John R.W. Stott presents a sweeping and impressive defense of penal substitutionary atonement.  He gives a thoughtful exposition of Jesus’ ‘cry of dereliction’ from the cross, his quotation of Psalm 22:1, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’[1]  Stott…