This blog is having an
existential crisis

While I tinker with a new design, I’m also pondering how, what, and why I write here. I don’t know how long that will take, but you’re welcome to email me and see how things are progressing.

Stress-testing the
mind of Christ

Where a recovering ex-atheist rams the Bible into other worldviews to see what breaks (note: Scripture cannot be broken)

The gospel is inherently political

The fact that Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world does not imply that it is not on this world.

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Presupposing freewill theism is the opposite of the Naked Bible method

Modern ideas about libertarian free will, conditioned by our culture and theological history, are completely foreign to the assumptions that ancient readers would have brought to the Bible.

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Is lack of healing a failing of the church to exercise authority for their King?

In response to a reader’s question, I suggest a moderate path between taking kingdom theology to humanistic extremes that presume upon God’s authority, and swinging so far the other way that we refuse to represent his authority at all.

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What is the kingdom of God? Part 7: where we are now, and what we can look forward to

Why do the gospels represent the good news as being about the “kingdom of God”? What is this kingdom, and how does it relate to us today? In this series I trace the surprising biblical narrative of kingdom, from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22. Part 7 concludes by looking at God’s end-game: the final, restored kingdom, and the glorification of believers as the new sons of God, ruling with Jesus forever.

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What is the kingdom of God? Part 6: how God is retaking Adam’s kingdom from Satan

Why do the gospels represent the good news as being about the “kingdom of God”? What is this kingdom, and how does it relate to us today? In this series I trace the surprising biblical narrative of kingdom, from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22. Part 6 traces how God used the collapse of his kingdom and the death of his king on a cross to disarm Satan and start inexorably transforming Adam’s ruined kingdom into Jesus’ restored one.

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Demonization and mental illness

Despite popular assumptions, ancient peoples could usually tell the difference—just like we usually can.

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Advice for women on International Women’s Day

This is directed especially to Christian women, but any woman—and indeed any man—will benefit from it:

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