In this podcast, Greg Boyd argues that the violence of God is actually the shadow of God, and we must not confuse the God as revealed in Jesus with the shadow of God in the Old Testament. In this way, he says the violent portrayals of God point beyond Himself to something better, which is what is revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
When you look at the cross of Jesus, what is it that comes to mind about God? Do you see Jesus rescuing us from the wrath of God so that God’s anger about sin falls on Jesus instead of us? Or do you see God and Jesus working together, with one mind and one purpose, not to rescue us form God’s wrath, but rather to rescue us from the destruction caused by sin?
I recently spent several hours discussing life and theology with people who have left traditional church and are seeking to follow Jesus in new ways. This episode of Theology.fm looks at some of the things we talked about, and how you too might be asking similar questions about how to follow Jesus in a more relational way.
If you believe that God truly is violent, I have a question for you as well which you could answer in the comment section. The question is this: How is it that Jesus can fully reveal God to His disciples (and to us), but never exhibit any murderous or retaliatory violence toward others?
Lots of Christians completely misunderstand who Jesus actually was, what He came to do, and how we learn about both from the Gospels.
In this episode of Theology.fm, we learn from leading New Testament scholar, N.T. Wright about the Jesus of myth and history. In this message. N.T. Wright helps us separate popular false conceptions about Jesus from who Jesus truly was (and is).
When you think of Genesis 1, what do you think of?
Do you think it is a scientifically accurate account of how God created the world in six twenty-four hour periods?
Or do you think it is a terribly misguided and backward myth from thousands of years ago which has been completely debunked by modern science, so that anyone who believes in what Genesis 1 says is like those who still believe the earth is flat?
If you hold one of those views, this Theology.fm show is for you.
In this episode, Darin and Hans discuss a quote from Brandon Armstrong. It was this: If you read the Bible without the Holy Spirit, it is as valuable as reading the Sunday newspaper; if you read the Bible with the Holy Spirit, it is as valuable as reading Harry Potter with the Holy Spirit.
That is a challenging thought! In this episode, Darin and Hans discuss this idea more.
Do you enjoy reading, studying, and learning about theology, or is it more of a cuss-word for you? I imagine that if you are listening to a podcast from Theology.fm, that you are part of the former group. You are someone who enjoys theology. If so, do you know anyone who does not like theology? I invite you to recognize that they have probably been burned and damaged by theologians in the past, and to not judge or condemn them for staying clear of theological pursuits.
This show is from Brian Zahnd, and he shows this same truth. He explains that if we want to know God’s attitude toward us, all we need to do is look at Jesus. Why? Because God is like Jesus and Jesus reveals God to us—not just how God acts, but also how God thinks and feels about you and me.
In this first episode of Theology.fm, Jeremy Myers not only explains why theology is so important, but also that the most important thing to remember about theology is that we must not take ourselves too seriously.