Rethinking Sacrifice and The Practice of Biblical Atonement

A central thesis of the book The Sacrifice of Jesus: Understanding Atonement Biblically by Christian Eberhart is the idea that we, predomonatly in the Protestant west, have reduced the sacrificial system to mean and represent two things- blood and necessary death. When in fact the sacrificial system reflects a much broader liturgy that isn’t aboutContinue reading “Rethinking Sacrifice and The Practice of Biblical Atonement”

The Law, The Women, and the Revolutionary Spirit of Numbers 27

Numbers 27:3-73 “Our father died in the wilderness. He was not among Korah’s followers, who banded together against the Lord, but he died for his own sin and left no sons. 4 Why should our father’s name disappear from his clan because he had no son? Give us property among our father’s relatives.” 5 SoContinue reading “The Law, The Women, and the Revolutionary Spirit of Numbers 27”

Everything Everywhere All At Once: Nihilism, Irrationality, and the Search For Meaning

Keep in mind that I still (I think) really like the film Everything Everywhere All At Once And I am definitely elated to see the film single handedly carrying independent cinema on its shoulders with its surprising theatrical run. It is one of the more important film stories of 2022 on a number of levels.Continue reading “Everything Everywhere All At Once: Nihilism, Irrationality, and the Search For Meaning”

Tolkien, The Ring of Power, and the Power of the True Myth

I always find it a lonely space to occupy as a considerate Tolkien fan and follower. There remains an inevitable divide between those who miss his ability to critique his Christian worldview and allegiances while also very intentionally writing stories and creating treaties steeped in what he saw as the “true myth” of Christ whichContinue reading “Tolkien, The Ring of Power, and the Power of the True Myth”

Schools In: A History of American Education and Recovering the Need For Wisdom

An interesting podcast episode on the history of the American Education system (with obvious overlap here in Canada, albeit with a slightly diffeterent emphasis) to kick off a new school year. Interesting to note the religious roots and how secularization also emerged as a way of controlling ideology and assimilation. Uncovers a common tension betweenContinue reading “Schools In: A History of American Education and Recovering the Need For Wisdom”

The Dangers of Ideology and the Discovering the Worth of Uncertainty

Came across this article recently and I thought it provided a great discussion on the dangers of ideeolgy both within religion and within society at large. Sparked a question for me- how do we hold to the hope that Jesus represents in and for the world while also recognizing that true intellectualism asks us toContinue reading “The Dangers of Ideology and the Discovering the Worth of Uncertainty”

Marcel The Shell With Shoes On: The Space We Occupy

Some thoughts on this film partly inspired by this Podcast conversation First, this is a perfect example of the kind of film you might not think requires the big screen experience, but if you have the chance i would say absolutely engage it in that setting, not only because it deserves and needs your supportContinue reading “Marcel The Shell With Shoes On: The Space We Occupy”

Trading Individual Salvation For God’s Faithfulness to the World

Call it Protestantism. Call it Reformed Theology. Call it American Evangelicalism. Call it Calvinism. Call it Western Christianity. Call it whatever you want. But this is the version of the Gospel I grew up with- I sinned, my sin needs punishment, God took the punishment on my behalf so that I can be saved. Now,Continue reading “Trading Individual Salvation For God’s Faithfulness to the World”

The I of Romans 7: Resisting the Need for Opposition

Romans 7:7-207 What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”a]” style=”font-size: 0.625em; line-height: normal; position: relative;Continue reading “The I of Romans 7: Resisting the Need for Opposition”