Why Did Jesus Die? (Paper for 2016 Theological Conference)

Why Did Jesus Die? Exploring the Multifaceted Biblical Doctrine of the Atonement from a Biblical Unitarian Perspective Presented at Restoration Fellowship’s 25th Theological Conference in Hampton, GA on April 29, 2016 by Sean Finnegan (restitutio.org) Here is the PDF Abstract In part one, I categorize and summarize what the New Testament documents say about the[…]

Jesus’ Spiritual Warfare during His Passion

Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion put on display a rampant and unrestrained unfairness and cruelty that is hard to understand apart from demonic influence.  The night of Jesus’ arrest, the Jewish elders—men respected for their dignity and leadership—degenerated into madness as they spat on my Jesus, blindfolded him, and beat him.  “Prophesy,” they commanded. “Who[…]

Steve Chalke on Holiness

As the American theologian Walter Wink puts it, “Holiness [not sin] becomes contagious in Jesus’ ministry.”  Jesus demonstrates that, far from being something brittle that needs to be protected, true holiness is God’s robust cleansing and including agent.  Instead of Jesus’ holiness driving him into isolation, it compels him to get out on the streets[…]

Steve Chalke on Shalom

Shalom, a word that appears over two hundred and fifty times in the Hebrew Scriptures, is a kaleidoscopic vision of what life is like when lived in line with God’s agenda.  It incorporates contentment, health, justice, liberation, fulfillment, freedom and hope. Steve Chalke, The Lost Message of Jesus (Grand Rapids: Zondervan 2003), p. 37. What a[…]