July 27, 2017

The Conundrum of a Warrior God (5)

Greg Boyd’s The Crucifixion of the Warrior God is the kind of book that gets my juices going. I love thinking and talking about the Bible and how to read, study, and interpret it, and I find Boyd’s book exhilarating. Greg is a wonderful writer, is passionate about Jesus and the Scriptures and relentless in his efforts to […]

The Conundrum of a Warrior God (4)

Greg Boyd’s “Cruciform Hermeneutic” The cross does not just happen to be the place where God decided to concretely illustrate the kind of love he eternally is. The cross rather contains within itself a logic that necessitates that we embrace it as the definitive, unsurpassable revelation of God’s loving nature. (CWG I, p. 154) The […]

The Conundrum of a Warrior God (3)

Note from CM: First of all, I want to commend and thank everyone for one of the best discussions of the Bible and theological issues this week that I’ve ever been part of. This has been most stimulating and encouraging. Today, as we prepare to look at Greg Boyd’s book, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God, […]

The Conundrum of a Warrior God (2)

Note from CM: When I have a question about reading the Hebrew Bible, one of my first stops is Pete Enns. We reviewed his great book, The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It, a while back, and since one of its emphases is on helping Bible readers understand […]

Navigating the Conundrum of a Warrior God (1)

I am currently working through Greg Boyd’s massive and challenging new book, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God: Volumes 1 & 2, his two-volume explanation and defense of a hermeneutical approach that Christians can take to resolve the disparities between the wrathful, violent, even genocidal God of the Hebrew Bible and God revealed through the non-violent teachings […]

Difficult Scriptures: Luke 12:49-56

I was pressed into service to preach on Sunday because of an illness, and I was delighted (delighted, I say!) to learn that the Gospel text for Sunday was Luke 12:49-56. Oh boy. I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be […]

Why the Change in the Crowd?

A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the […]

Difficult Scripture – Why Did Jesus Stop Reading When He Did?

Over the past several Fridays we have been looking at extracts from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book, Reconsider Jesus – A Fresh Look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark. In our extract a few weeks back Michael Spencer wrote: The good news is about God and what God is doing. It is not about me. […]

Difficult Scriptures: Romans 5:12-17

12 When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. 13 Yes, people sinned even before the law was given. But it was not counted as sin because there was not yet any law to break. 14 Still, everyone died—from the time of Adam to the time of Moses—even those […]

Difficult Scriptures: The Sermon On The Mount

I saw it coming, just like you sometimes see a car wreck coming. The preacher used the verses in Matthew’s account of Jesus’ most well-known sermon dealing with divorce to talk about marriage. He talked about strengthening our marriages and how important marriage is to God. How the family is the first institute ordained by […]