Enlarge My Heart | New Humanity Institute

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 | 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…

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…

Jesus Saves Us from the Toxins Within – My Kidney Story

[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.]   In January of 2007, I was recovering from surgery.  I had donated one of my kidneys to my wife’s brother.  My brother-in-law was at…

Jesus, Harry Potter, and Medical Substitutionary Atonement

I really enjoy Harry Potter for its portrayal of friendship and for its clever literary allusions and historical references, like 1945 being the year Dumbledore, a Brit, defeated Grindelwald, a German, over blood purity issues – Rowling is paralleling Grindelwald with Adolf Hitler.  But the even deeper connection is between Voldemort and Harry.  Now for…

Jesus Heals Human Evil By Being Both Surgeon and Patient

[This is part of a blog series of illustrations and analogies for medical substitutionary atonement.] This photo is Dr. Evan O’Neill Kane (April 6, 1861 – April 1, 1932) operating on himself at the age of 60.  He is removing his own appendix.  He did this on February 15, 1921.  The reports I’ve read do not…