Neuroscience, Emotional Health, Human Becoming, and Jesus | New Humanity Institute

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 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 | New Humanity Institute

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…

Jesus, the Heart Transplant Donor, and Denzel Washington’s Movie “John Q”

[This post is part of a series of illustrations for, and analogies of, Jesus’ saving work in the medical substitutionary atonement paradigm.  This series is especially designed for teachers and preachers.] Back in 2002, Denzel Washington starred in a movie called John Q.  Denzel played John Quincy Archibald, the father of a young son, Michael.  Michael…