“Kingdom Reductionism” and the Atonement Debates – Essay by Dean Taylor

https://youtu.be/ZFsbGgmo4x0 Today I am teaching my students in the historical theology class about the Atonement. I wanted to find some different opinions surrounding the doctrine of the Atonement. I found a few, and I will warn you, these are some pretty strong words. I chose clips that purposefully conflict with each other. Dean Taylor As seen in the video compiled by brother Dean Taylor above, debates around atonement theory in the Christian…

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God’s Loving Care and Human Suffering by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

This little-known sermon by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a poignant take on human suffering and what God's love means to us and to others. It was preached at a Harvest Festival in Berlin on October 4, 1931. “Your steadfast love is better than life” (Psalm 63:3) Two and a half millennia have passed since that ancient Jewish saint, far from Jerusalem and his homeland, devoured by misery in body and soul, surrounded by…

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Is “Critical Theory” against the gospel?

It's particularly interesting when Christian and academic worlds intersect, particularly on a current socio-political issue like "critical race theory". Across the Christian world, we see a lot of debate about what this really means and how it affects us as Christians. In fact, we hear a lot of allegations that it's fundamentally "anti-gospel". One particular resource I would like to recommend is the recent series by Asher Witmer on "Critical Race Theory".…

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Discipleship and Submission in the Church

When Jesus gathered His disciples to Him soon before the ascension, He said, “go and make disciples of all nations”. He didn’t say, “go and build churches” or even “go and establish My reign” - not that we are not to do these things, but we are to first and foremost make disciples and teach them, and thus establish the reign of God. Today's article is a bit of a word study…

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Moving Beyond Hot Takes: Preston Sprinkle’s approach to controversial topics

One of the few positive things about the endless stream of hot takes, Twitter wars, and podcast rants that surround us today, is that truly thoughtful engagement with Scripture in public forums stands out. When followers of Jesus dig into the Word for guidance, rather than wielding it as a weapon in the latest internet squabble, we should all notice.  That’s why I appreciated Preston Sprinkle’s recent two-part series on the Christian…

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Growing Greener Grass: A Challenge to Kingdom Christians

At different times throughout “plain” Anabaptist history, there have been new movements that have had a significant impact on the Anabaptist movement as a whole.  Many religious movements gain traction whenever there are significant missing components within a particular segment of the church that truly need addressed, whether spiritual, scriptural, or relational in nature.   Doctrinal statements are written at various times in church history to address heresies that are being promoted in…

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The Broken Body: Communion and Community

Communion is an extremely important event for Christians, or at least it should be. Jesus tells us that it’s something we ought to do in remembrance of him, and many faith traditions believe that there is a very real, but mystical means of grace which is manifested in the meal. Our church, and many other churches in our denomination, partake of communion weekly, as we strongly value the mystical bond of communion, not only in its binding…

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