References to: atonement

Appreciating Christ's Sacrifice

While reading a list of the 100 best novels written since 1900, I noted that there were two by Vladimir Nabokov. Not being familiar with this author, I checked him out on Google (ah, the marvels of search engines!) and found that in addition to being a famous novelist, he is known for coining the term doughnut truth, which refers to truths with holes in them, making them less than the full truth. It struck me that some of the current explanations of Christ’s sacrifice are doughnut truths. Let me explain.

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Joseph Tkach
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George Hunsinger: What Christ Did Was Effective for All

George Hunsinger

George Hunsinger: What Christ Did Was Effective for All

The election that really counts: We are elected or chosen in Jesus Christ, the Chosen One. Mike Feazell interviews Dr. George Hunsinger, of Princeton Theological Seminary.

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George Hunsinger

George Hunsinger is a Presbyterian minister and professor of systematic theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. For a PDF with all four of his interviews, click here. His published works include
___The Eucharist and Ecumenism: Let Us Keep the Feast (Cambridge, 2008)

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Small group discussion guide

Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

Suggested topics:

1. How would you describe the “objective” and “subjective” sides of salvation?

2. What are your thoughts on “bottom up” and “top down” views of the New Testament?

3. How are people “awakened” to the reality of their salvation and acceptance in Christ?

4. What makes the “all” scriptural passages more clear than say, the parables?

5. What makes Christ’s vicarious humanity for all illogical to our way of thinking?

6. How has the “penitential” tradition affected your spiritual journey?

7. How can we be sinful and justified at the same time?

8. How have you found “more grace in God than in humans” to be true in your own life?

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

J. Michael Feazell: Our guest today is George Hunsinger, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology. Dr. Hunsinger is an ordained Presbyterian minister and a major contributor to the new Presbyterian Catechism. He is author of several books, including Disruptive Grace: Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth, How to Read Karl Barth: The Shape of His Theology, and The Eucharist and Ecumenism.

Thanks for being with us today.

George Hunsinger: I’m very glad to be here. Thank you.

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Why Did Jesus Die?

Mike Morrison

Why Did Jesus Die?

The Bible gives a number of explanations as to how Jesus's death helps us, and they each add something to our understanding.

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Michael Morrison has a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is Dean of Faculty and Instructor in New Testament for Grace Communion Seminary. He is the author of Sabbath, Circumcision and Tithing and Who Needs a New Covenant? The Rhetorical Function of the Covenant Motif in the Argument of Hebrews.

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In March or April of each year, Christian churches typically set aside a day to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ. And whenever we participate in the Lord’s Supper or Communion, we commemorate the death of Jesus. It’s an important part of Christian faith and practice. Today, I’d like to explore some of the reasons for this, and I would like to begin by asking a multiple-choice question:

Why did Jesus die?

Actually, there are multiple answers.

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