I love organizing my favorite things. So, here goes: You can read recent articles I have enjoyed. Read snippets I saved from recent articles I’ve read. (I also keep quote book.) Below are specific articles and videos that have taught me and shaped my thinking. I pass this all on to share with you the journey I’ve gone on and possibly encourage you if you find yourself on that journey too. If you’re on a similar journey and need encouragement, I’m here for you!

We end up with a story that says, “God’s holy and he’s perfect. You’re not. So, God has to kill you in the name of his justice. But, instead he takes out his wrath on Jesus and not you. This allows you to go to heaven when you die so you can sing forever the praises of the God that didn’t kill you.”  If you read the character of God in the OT and NT, you will spot this caricature as a total perversion of God’s character and the Good News. It’s the opposite. ¹

Rethinking Atonement ¹
By Tim Mackie

Penal substitution is mistaken.  Penal substitution perceives God’s justice to be retributive.  Medical substitution, by comparison, perceives God’s justice to be restorative. Penal substitution makes retributive justice the default setting of God’s character. So how do I interpret people who support penal substitution?  With deep concern for brothers and sisters in Christ who are spiritually and neurologically immature. ²

Penal Substitution Doesn’t Fit God’s Character ²
By Mako Nagasawa

The mistake in the line of reasoning that leads to the Reformed doctrine of election is the assumption that God’s grace must be irresistible. It’s one thing to say that humans won’t believe in Christ without the Holy Spirit and quite another thing to claim that with the Holy Spirit humans must believe. ³

God Doesn’t Coerce Humans Into Loving Him ³
By Greg Boyd

“Is it on the merit of works or on the basis of grace?” This question is not only not what the New Testament is really wrestling with, but it is actually a question that Paul and his audience would hardly have been able to understand. ⁴

How to Interpret Paul & the Epistles 
By Tim Ritter

The bible isn’t a golden tablet falling from heaven. This book has a traceable history of human origins and that claims about it’s self that it is a human and divine word. It tells the story of this people and demands the people live under God’s goodness as a new and different kind of people. It tells the story of their failure and it tells the story of what God wants to do with these people and his world. ⁵

Bible in the Making 
By Tim Mackie

An Open View of the Future
By Greg Boyd

Sometimes I think it’s easier for us to talk about “saving millions of babies” than it is to work at creating a culture that can sustainably welcome those babies as they grow into children and adults. ⁶

Pro-Life vs Pro-Birth 
By Rachel Held Evans

The idea that you’d have to leave a fertile country (rural America) in order to make a living is preposterous. It’s a result of the wrong idea of what we mean to make a living in the first place.  To make a living is not to make a killing. It’s to have enough. ⁷

Sustainable Agriculture 
By Wendell Berry

God is much bigger than the carefully-crafted, well-defined, neatly-packaged theological systems we’ve all created. And, the funny thing is, we actually believed these human systems of thought were capable of ever defining God in the first place! Who are we as creatures to tell the One who created us what He can and cannot do? ⁸

Moving Beyond our Theological Boundaries in Pursuit of Jesus 
By Jeff Clarke

What if we Christians chose to approach culture, not as their condemners, but as those who are for them. We are for human flourishing. We are  for love. We are for equality. We may not all agree about our theology of sin, but we can choose to live together as a people known for building bridges into culture instead of building walls against it. Isn’t this what Jesus modeled? He never said “good-bye” to those who were labelled as “other.” Actually, Jesus partied with such people and allowed his presence in their midst to shape their common experience. Jesus said “hello” much more often than he said “good-bye.” And when Jesus says “good-bye” it usually is to religious people who fail to live God’s way, especially concerning issues of justice. ⁹

#FarewellJohnPiper? – What Boyd, Wright, Bell, and Whoppers Have in Common 
By Kurt Willems

Compassionate Dominion and Factory Farms
By Greg Boyd

Before the Flood
By Leonardo DiCaprio

New Perspective on Paul

10-min Summary of Rethinking Paul
By Dunn and Wright

Rethinking Paul (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
By Kurt Willems