Category Archives: Forgiveness

True Friendships (3)

The goal of life for every Christian should be the kingdom of God. The gospel is the good news of the kingdom of God. Tragically, we have settled for what Dallas Willard calls “the gospel of sin management,” a gospel … Continue reading

Posted in Forgiveness, Liturgy, Patristics, Sports | 36 Comments/Likes

Philomena – A Film That Reveals Gospel Grace and Forgiveness

I saw the new movie Philomena last week. I was unprepared for how much this film would move me to the depths of my spirit. It is my “sleeper” film for 2013! I noted this weekend, with great joy, that … Continue reading

Posted in Current Affairs, Feminism & Women, Film, Forgiveness, Gospel/Good News, Personal, Roman Catholicism, Sexuality, The Church | 14 Comments/Likes

The Danger of Gossip

Which is worse, lying or gossiping? Have you ever bothered to ponder this question? I have asked it, more than once, but not thought about it deeply enough I confess. Seriously, think about this one for a moment. Mother Antonia … Continue reading

Posted in Ethics, Forgiveness, God's Character, Love, Personal, Spirituality, Unity of the Church | 11 Comments/Likes

The Scapegoat Who Finally Removes All Our Sin – Part Two

The four Gospels describe in specific detail how Jesus died during the Passover Feast, not Yom Kippur. So how do we explain this (seeming) problem? I submit that the date on the Jewish calendar was Passover when he died but … Continue reading

Posted in Biblical Theology, Christ/Christology, Death, Forgiveness, God's Character, Gospel/Good News, Jesus, The Church | 7 Comments/Likes

The Scapegoat Who Finally Removes All Our Sin, Part One

I hear numerous objections to what I’ve proposed about how to understand the atoning sacrifice of Jesus in his death. I know these objections quite well since I personally made most of them for decades. The only problem with these … Continue reading

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The Depth & Extent of God’s Forgiveness Displayed in the Atonement – Part 2

Over the centuries theologians have developed numerous models for expressing the saving significance of Jesus’ death. We have sketched out several of these models, ever so simply I freely admit, in several blogs the past few weeks. I have concluded, … Continue reading

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The Depth and Extent of God’s Forgiveness is Displayed in the Atonement – Part 1

Yesterday I wrote about atonement as forgiveness. I showed that there truly is a substitionary aspect of the atonement that must be grasped. This is because our sins actually require the paytment of a debt, or what has been called … Continue reading

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The Atonement and the Grace of Forgiveness

If you follow the idea of atonement that I began to develop yesterday, namely that the atonement is ultimately about divine forgiveness, then you can readily see that a payment is truly made to atone (lit: to make us one … Continue reading

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Ancient-Future Faith: What Has It to Do with the Atonement?

The Holy Spirit seems to be working new convictions –based on ancient ideas about God, Christ and the Holy Spirit – into the younger evangelical generation. My generation was attracted to the details of mastering a theological system and often … Continue reading

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Why I Celebrate Lent

For those readers who do not practice Lent, and I am sure there are a few, bear with me while I tell you why I do. First, what is Lent? The word “Lent” means “spring” and comes from the Middle … Continue reading

Posted in Church Tradition, Forgiveness, Gospel/Good News, Liturgy, Personal, Renewal, Spirituality, The Church | 9 Comments/Likes