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What we traditionally call the “doctrine of atonement” has been a recent conversation topic around the theological table. It has been a helpful dialogue in bringing some familiar images and formulas into the clarifying light of careful reflection. Unlike “big” doctrines like that of the Trinity and Christology, the concept of atonement did not have […] Read More

Jesus’ life and teachings didn’t matter very much. At least that’s the idea one gets from those U.S. Christians who see his only earthly purpose in coming to die as a penalty for human sinfulness – and then rocketing off to heaven to fix up some cushy mansions for our afterlife while awaiting our arrival. […] Read More

A Fresh Atonement

A sermon delivered by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ark., on January 6, 2013 Psalm 16:1-11; 1 Peter 1:3-9 Do you mind if I share with you a story I have told before? It’s been quite awhile, so many, if not most, of you may not remember it. When I pastored […] Read More

Sermon delivered by Joel Snider, pastor of First Baptist Church in Rome, G.A., on Mar. 22 2009. Mark 10:35-45   The Lenten Season is the opposite of Easter. It prepares us by helping us reflect on our sin and the sacrifice of Christ. It also helps us think of exactly why Christ died in order to help […] Read More


“Atonement” shows the power of a lie and how hard it is to undo a wrong done. It begins as a piece of fluff, during the days before World War II, on an English estate. Young writer-to-be Briony Tallis (Saorise Ronan) witnesses an act and misunderstands what she has seen, then tells a lie. That […] Read More

Now that the rush of excitement surrounding The Passion of the Christ is over, it is time to step into the space it has provided for dialogue about the meaning of the life of Jesus. I believe the most profound question facing the church is whether the life and death of Jesus have had any […] Read More