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…

Athanasius as Evangelist: Jesus Paid the Debt to God, and Helps You Pay the Debt You Still Owe to God, Too | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry

Did Athanasius Believe in Penal Substitution? At this juncture, I want to consider specific objections to my understanding of Athanasius.  Specifically, I will explore Athanasius’ use of the terms ‘debt’ and ‘satisfaction’ in De Incarnatione 9 and 20.  Athanasius says: ‘For being over all, the Word of God naturally by offering His own temple and…

Athanasius as Evangelist: Where Penal Substitution Goes Wrong, and Medical Substitution Succeeds | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry

The Problem of Evil:  An Evangelist of Modern Evangelicalism In a thoughtful and witty presentation called The Problem of Evil, prominent evangelical apologist Ravi Zacharias offers his answer to the most vexing questions of our age, and, indeed, of all time.  How could God be good, in a world where there is evil?  Especially gross…

Athanasius as Evangelist: Why Human Evil is Even Possible, and Why Sin is Addictive | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry

Made for Pleasure with God In Contra Gentes chapters 2 – 7, Athanasius defends God from any accusation of evil or caprice on account of humanity’s wickedness.  He does this by explaining God’s intention for the creation.  After defending God as ‘good and exceeding[ly] noble,’ he defends God’s creation of the world and humanity as…

Athanasius as Evangelist: Ways the Early Church Differed from the Protestant Reformers | The Anástasis Center for Christian Education & Ministry

Who is Athanasius?  And Why Is He Important?  Among those who know little else about church history, Athanasius is often appreciated as the defender of the doctrine of the Trinity, and as the first Christian leader who identified the twenty-seven books of the New Testament as we receive it today.[1]  We must, therefore, take Athanasius…