It was recently announced that a movie will be made about the life of Brennan Manning, author and spiritual leader famously known for his work, The Ragamuffin Gospel. Manning passed away in April of 2013. David Leo Schultz, director of the Rich Mullins’ film, Ragamuffin, is taking up this new project on Brennan Manning. Continue reading
I recently began a series on the topic of “hell”. My main premise is that, for some time now, there has been some off-base teaching concerning this topic. Some thoughts have gone “prodigal,” if you will. And I believe this is due to a few reasons: not knowing the the terminology used throughout Scripture, conflating different biblical terms, and being driven by a post-biblical abstract theology rather than the Jewish, narrative of Scripture. Continue reading
For varying reasons, it’s a topic oft-approached by some and all-together avoided by others. Some see it as part and parcel to the gospel and, thus, must be preached; others struggle with the notion of everlasting torment for all unbelievers.
What are we to make of hell?
For starters, I’ve become convinced that much of our ideas concerning hell are centered in post-biblical, medieval theology, rather than the actual scriptural narrative of the Hebrew-Jewish people.
I’d be so bold as to say our idea of hell itself is unbiblical. This is because “hell” is another whole concept quite different from the actual terms used in Scripture.
So perhaps we need to take a step back and talk about the biblical terminology. Continue reading
I’m about to offer something that I expect to come across as silly, even outright ludicrous. But I suppose that’s the way I roll. Continue reading
You might have heard this narrative taught before: Satan was an exceptional angelic being who once was only second to God himself. Even more, in his angelic role, he was the great worship leader of heaven. Unfortunately, due to a swelling of pride, he desired to rise up and be exalted over all, even organizing an attempt at usurping the throne of God. Thus, he lost his place in heaven, along with a third of the other angels who joined his side, with them all being hurled from heaven to earth.
That’s the general framework of the story we’re taught.
But is this the best storyline for Satan? And was he actually the great heavenly worship leader so many imagine? Continue reading