April 27, 2016

Interview with Jeremy Myers, Author of The Atonement of God

Interview with Jeremy Myers, Author of The Atonement of God

I’ve long enjoyed discussions and debates with my friend Jeremy Myers on his blog and on Facebook. He’s played a big part in my own journey, and I’m thrilled to share his latest book with you now.

In The Atonement of God, Jeremy examines what it means that Jesus died for our sins. Many different theories attempt to explain how Jesus’ death secured our salvation, but as Jeremy shows, they can mostly be divided into either violent or non-violent views of the atonement. Using the cross as the center of his interpretation, Jeremy dismantles the notion that God ever uses violence to achieve his purposes.

Jeremy has agreed to discuss his book with me as an interview you can all enjoy.

April 18, 2016

Why I’m Excited About the Africa Study Bible Project

Why I’m Excited About the Africa Study Bible Project

The Africa Study Bible is a project being completed in partnership with Tyndale House and Oasis International. The idea is to support Africans in making their own study Bible, containing notes written entirely by Africans, designed specifically for their cultural context. It promises a fair amount of diversity, with male and female contributors making up “350 writers and editors from 40 African countries and representing 50 denominations.”

I love their vision, and I pray that this study Bible will indeed be helpful to folks across the African continent.

And I’m also interested in this project for myself and other North American Christians. I’ve been trying lately to diversify my reading and study materials, but it can be difficult when the majority of resources I have easy access to are all written from the perspective of Western white males.

April 12, 2016

No, Denying Inerrancy Does Not Make One a Marcionite

No, Denying Inerrancy Does Not Make One a Marcionite

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve witnessed an inerrantist accuse someone of Marcionism for denying inerrancy

This is an absurd claim based on a gross distortion of history, but somehow the claim persists. So it’s time to set the record straight.

To that end, I’ve compiled a list of Marcion’s major teachings—for which he was condemned as a heretic—and I’ve contrasted them with what “we” believe. By “we” I mean myself, along any number of other perfectly orthodox Christians who hold to a different view of scripture than inerrancy.

April 11, 2016

The Nature of Scripture, Prophecy, and Fulfillment According to Matthew

The Nature of Scripture, Prophecy, and Fulfillment According to Matthew

In the first two chapters of his Gospel, Matthew directs his readers’ attention to four different prophecies that he says are fulfilled in the story of Jesus. He will continue making such claims throughout the book, but these four provide an adequate base for us to begin examining how Matthew understands the nature of scripture, prophecy, and fulfillment.

We’ll take a look at them one by one.

April 2, 2016

My Long Fight to Defend Inerrancy & Why I Finally Accepted the Bible We Have

My Long Fight to Defend Inerrancy & Why I Finally Accepted the Bible We Have

I was raised as a missionary kid in a fundamentalist family. My dad, a pastor as well as a missionary, preached on plenty of different topics, but the theme that has always stuck with me was this:

Never blindly accept what someone teaches you, not even if he’s a pastor, and not even if it’s me. Test everything by the Word of God.

To one extent or another, that piece of advice has directed the entire course of my life.