Category Archives: Atonement

Atonement: The Sinner’s Prayer

This is isn’t really part of the Atonement series, but the question of the sinner’s prayer certainly has to be considered in a thorough discussion of atonement. Among the Churches of Christ, of course, the sinner’s prayer is routinely rejected … Continue reading

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Atonement: Two Stories

Here’s how I was taught the atonement in countless revival sermons: God is our judge, and we stand before him with countless sins charged against us. His holiness is so far above our own that we can’t imagine how wicked … Continue reading

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Atonement: Putting It All Together

Okay. As I said at the beginning, I’m making this up as I go along. Maybe if I’d read more books and learned more vocabulary words, this would all make better sense to me. But I must say I don’t … Continue reading

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Atonement: Reflecting on the New Covenant Model

Reflecting on the New Covenant Model Gorman does not seek to explain how the cross brings forgiveness. Rather, his goal is to explain that the cross brings much, much more. He wants to teach what the atonement is more than … Continue reading

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Atonement: The Lamb of God

So as we ponder the meaning of the atonement, we have to take up what is likely the most pervasive metaphor for Jesus’s role in the atonement — Jesus, the Lamb of God. What does that mean? What are we … Continue reading

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Atonement: The Covenant Model, Part 3

Romans Gorman does not deal with Romans because, I suppose, there is no explicit reference to “new covenant” in the epistle. But there are plenty of references to Jeremiah 31 and Deuteronomy 30:6. I’ve covered these in detail in the … Continue reading

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Atonement: The Covenant Model, Part 2

What does the New Testament say about the “new covenant”? I dare say few readers could answer this question, because the question is largely ignored in the commentaries, even though — as Gorman points out — it appears to be … Continue reading

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Atonement: The Covenant Model, Part 1

Long time readers will recall that I’m a Michael J. Gorman fan. I did a lengthy series a while back based on his Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul’s Narrative Soteriology — which is truly a … Continue reading

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Atonement: Reflecting on the Powers, Part 3 (Repaired)

Before we leave the subject of “powers,” we need to consider the neo-Anabaptist position on them. By “neo-Anabaptist,” I mean such authors as John Howard Yoder and Stanley Hauerwas, and I’m a fan. They’ve taught me a lot. But I’m … Continue reading

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Atonement: Reflecting on the Powers, Part 2

In the last post, I introduced the idea that God became King of the nations via the cross and the resurrection. It is, indeed, a major theme of the four Gospels, as described by N. T. Wright in How God … Continue reading

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