To slip on a banana skin once is funny. To slip on a banana skin twice is tragic. Mathew Parris opens his Spectator article by reminding people that the post he wrote for the Times on Easter Saturday was met with “hundreds of comments from Christians protesting that I’d misunderstood the Crucifixion’s meaning…” Well, right... Continue Reading →
Angles on the Atonement
I have chosen, in prayer (of course) during Lent and approaching Easter Sunday, to preach through different angles on the atonement, or what academia calls, models or theories. We mustn't be confused by how the idea of "theories" is being used here. It is not a way to shoe-horn in a text into an abscure... Continue Reading →
The Atonement: Historic and Superhistoric
"When we speak of the centrality of the Atonement, I have said, we mean much more, worlds more, than its place in a religious system. We are speaking of that which is the centre, not of thought, but of actual life, conscience, history and destiny. We speak of what is the life-power of the moral... Continue Reading →
Gunton (via Thiselton) on Atonement
In chapter nine of Thiselton's 2015 Systematic Theology, he asks the question, 'Why Consider Historical Theologies of the Atonement?' The section he covers on Colin Gunton's 1988 work 'The Actuality of the Atonement: A Study in Metaphor, Rationality, and the Christian Tradition' is not only astonishingly concise but well worth popping into this blog: "Colin... Continue Reading →
“Mighty is the water in the seas — yet is it too weak for atonement”
Blessed be He Who was baptized that He might baptize you, that ye should be absolved from your offences.
1. The Spirit came down from on high, — and hallowed the waters by His brooding. — In the baptism of John, — He passed by the rest and abode on One: — but now He has descended and abode, — on all that are born of the water.
2. Out of all that John baptized, — on One it was that the Spirit dwelt: — but now He has flown and come down, — that He may dwell on the many; — and as each after each comes up, — He loves him and abides on him.
3. A marvel it is that surpasses all! — To the water He went down and was baptized. — The seas declared it blessed, — that river wherein Thou wast baptized: — even…
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