Penal Substitution and the Pacifists

Isaiah 53:5 says that “He was crushed for our iniquities.” On the ordinary and prevailing (evangelical) reading of this passage, what v. 5 expresses is this truth:

(R1)  Jesus was crushed as a punishment for our iniquities. Continue reading

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Rob Bell’s Achilles Heel

bellOn Tuesday, March 12, 2013, New York Times bestselling author, Rob Bell spoke to a captive audience in Brooklyn, NY on the topic of his new book “What We Talk About When We Talk About God” (HarperOne, 2013). The most interesting part of the talk for me was an event Bell recalled from his past. One Easter Sunday morning, while on his way to church, he realized “that I didn’t really know if I believed in God.” The thought then crossed his mind: “What if I just got up and said ‘It’s Easter Sunday, welcome. I’ve been thinking, and in the end, ‘I think we might be screwed’.” [1] Continue reading