Category Archives: resurrection

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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Death is Not the End Because Jesus Offers Us Eternal Life and Happiness

The first four aspects of the Good News are very energizing, exciting, and fulfilling; and they impact our lives tremendously. If these were the only benefits we receive from the Good News of Jesus, then they are more than enough. … Continue reading

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What is the Good News of Jesus Anyway?

Nearly all fundamentalists and evangelicals promote some concept of the Good News—also called the Gospel. In fact, the words ‘evangelical’ and ‘evangelism’ are taken directly from the New Testament Greek word for good news. But what, exactly, is the Good … Continue reading

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What is the Significance of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection?

Recently, a reader asked me a question privately about Jesus’ death and resurrection. I plan to do a series in the future, but that won’t be for a while. But because it is such an important question, I decided to … Continue reading

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Why Hope and Vapid Optimism are not the Same Thing

This is one of my favorite blogs in a long time. Nadia Bolz Weber talks about Christian hope in a refreshing and inspirational way.  Here is one snippet, It all reminds me of that story at the end of Luke’s … Continue reading

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Proposed Explanations for the Resurrection of Jesus

When Jesus lived, his enthusiastic followers anticipated great things of him, but then he was captured and killed. His followers were dejected and demoralized; the great things they anticipated did not happen and now their failed leader was dead, and the … Continue reading

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Jesus as a Failed Leader

Why do people today follow Jesus when he was a failed leader? For a time, he was a great leader and thousands flocked to see him and hear him. They were so excited about Jesus that they once tried to … Continue reading

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