Category Archives: atonement

Evolution and Original Sin: How Calvin’s TULIP Falls Apart

Genesis 2-3 tells the story of Adam and Eve with a focus on their ‘fall’ from innocence by the disobedience of eating the forbidden fruit. We discussed last time why we should not take this story as an historical narrative; … Continue reading

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How Does One Explain the Crucifixion of Jesus to Young Children?

Recently, a reader asked an excellent question. This is our discussion, but I have not used their real name. Joe wrote: I’ve talked with you in the past. The other day, my 3 year old son and I were talking … Continue reading

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Why Did Jesus Die on the Cross?

We talked last time about three atonement theories that I believe are woefully misguided and miss the point of Jesus’ death completely: The Ransom Theory, the Satisfaction Theory, and the Substitutionary Atonement Theory (Penal Substitution). All three are inadequate to … Continue reading

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How Penal Substitutionary Atonement Fails

As we discussed last time, the New Testament writers agree that the death of Jesus on the cross has a tremendous effect on us, but they never quite explain what they think this effect is or how it works. The … Continue reading

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What Does Jesus’ Death on the Cross Do for Us?

When we consider how the death of Jesus on the cross affects us, we should first find the consensus of the New Testament writers—there is none! Next we can turn to the consensus of the Church Fathers throughout history—there is … Continue reading

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The Story of Sin and Salvation—Common Baggage Version (CBV)

From the time I started church as a second grader, I began to hear the story of sin and salvation. I heard it from the pulpit; I heard it from Sunday school; I heard it in adult discussions; and I … Continue reading

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How Does “Dying For Our Sins” Work?

In response to my Tuesday post on the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection, Jane suggested a blog post from Brian Zahnd that was extremely helpful to her. I read Brian’s post and would like to recommend it to you. … Continue reading

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