Atonement Debate: Again

Last year, June or July 07, when Adrian Warnock’s blog had comments, it was a centre for debate on the Atonement, which had begun in reaction to Steve Chalke’s Lost Message of Jesus. Then things went quiet and the blog debates moved onto other things. Now Adrian has again started posting on the atonement and attacking Steve Chalke’s views as expressed in this book. Although this time, his blog can’t be a centre for debate as there’s no opportunity for comments but it is as you would expect gaining a…

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Book Review: Free of Charge

Miroslav Volf’s Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace is an excellent book. Forgiveness is such a tough issue to both understand and more importantly to practice. There are so many emotional barriers that we struggle with and as a pastor I see people still bound to the hurt that they have received, still trapped by their offender because forgiveness hasn’t yet been found. Volf does not shirk the difficult issues, his examples are as heart rending as any – a father forgiving the sniper…

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Bonhoeffer: on the cross

“The cross is laid on every Christian. The first Christ-suffering which every person must experience is the call to abandon the attachments of this world. It is the dying of the old person which is the result of our encounter with Christ. As we embark upon discipleship we surrender ourselves to Christ in union with his death – we give over our lives to death.” This is quite different from many altar calls I have heard. ‘You have sinned, God can forgive you – be guilt free’ but what Bonhoeffer…

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The Simple Pastor reaches first milestone

It occurred to me today that I’ve been actively blogging for a while now and it turns out that I started this blog on the 18th December 2006. So The Simple Pastor has turned one and I didn’t even realise, which isn’t unusual when it comes to me and birthdays, they often go unnoticed until after the event. On the whole I would say it’s been a positive development in my life, it’s given me a creative outlet as well as a positive use of the internet, it’s introduced me…

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The Cup of Wrath

*Warning – Theological post* Ever since the whole atonement debate kicked off in evangelical circles, a few things about it have troubled me. Since reading Pierced for our Transgressions¬†they’ve troubled me some more. One aspect of it is how people answer this question, ‘what was the cup Jesus was referring to in the garden of gethsemane?’ – Those who follow the penal substitution view see it as a reference to the cup of wrath that is mentioned a half dozen times in the OT. I’m not so sure but I…

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Absent again

I’ve been getting ready for our church’s biggest ever outreach which starts tomorrow so I’ve been a bit busy and I guess will be a bit busy until next week. I’ll post some stuff if I get the chance about how things go, but we’re looking to raise the profile of the church, proclaim the good news about Jesus, pray for the sick and trust God for salvation and healings. In the meantime I’ve been debating with another pastor about the nature of forgiveness (more on that soon) and the…

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Book Review: Pierced for our Transgressions

This is my 100th Post on this blog! What better way to celebrate than a discussion of the cross and as always something for us to argue about! *Warning* The rest of the post is a bit theological/boring depending on your point of view. The death and resurrection of Jesus is the most important doctrine in our faith and that is why the temperature rises on this more than anything else, more ‘lines in the sand’ are drawn here than anywhere else. The authors of ‘Pierced for our Transgressions‘ (PFOT),…

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Debating the Atonement

For many evangelical Christians, a debate has been taking place over our understanding of what and perhaps more specifically how Christ achieved for us forgiveness from sin and a restored relationship with God. I’ve been posting on Adrian Warnock’s blog so although that debate isn’t really the focus of my blog here, if you’re interested head there.

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