Approaching the Atonement: The Reconciling Work of Christ

Back in April, when I decided that it was time to return to blogging, I figured the best way to start was to reach for a book for review. My eyes traveled across my bookshelf and fell upon the word “atonement.” I’m sure this was due to the fact that we had just celebrated Easter. Even so, the minimalist cover and the theological nature of the book easily sucked me in, and I knew that this had to be the next book for the Heart Man Blog. This month’s book is Approaching the Atonement: The Reconciling Work of Christ by Oliver Crisp, published by InterVarsity Press in February 2020. Crisp seeks to give his reader an understanding of one of the most important doctrines of the Christian faith. For as long as people have had faith in Jesus, they have argued about how it is that Jesus’ death actually means salvation for humanity.

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Faith in the Shadows: Finding Christ in the Midst of Doubt

This month’s book was one that I was truly happy to have read. This book came across my desk at a time when I was really down and had trouble keeping up with my faith. God seemed so far away that I felt that He truly did not care about me. Then I read this month’s book, Faith in the Shadows by Austin Fischer from InterVarsity Press. This book came out in 2018 and is designed with discussion questions in the back so you can have a small group discuss the content of this book. But what is the content?

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This month’s book was one that I was truly happy to have read. This book came across my desk at a time when I was really down and had trouble keeping up with my faith. God seemed so far away that I felt that He truly did not care about me. Then I read this month’s book, Faith in the Shadows by Austin Fischer from InterVarsity Press. This book came out in 2018 and is designed with discussion questions in the back so you can have a small group discuss the content of this book. But what is the content? Continue reading “Faith in the Shadows: Finding Christ in the Midst of Doubt”

The Gospel of John: John 21

This week, we will finish this study with a look at the third and final time John records the resurrected Jesus appearing to his disciples.

This is it. The final week of our study of John. We have come quite a long way from Jesus being with God before time began. He was born and spent time among humanity He was crucified because the Jewish authorities did not understand who Jesus actually was. Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to his disciples. This week, we will finish this study with a look at the third and final time John records the resurrected Jesus appearing to his disciples. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 21”

The Gospel of John: John 20

Last week Jesus was faced with questions and was ultimate paraded through town to a hill where he would be nailed to a cross and die. The disciples were scared. But the story does not end there. As a professor of mine has said, the Resurrection is the biggest “but” in all of history. This week everything changes.

Last week Jesus was faced with questions and was ultimate paraded through town to a hill where he would be nailed to a cross and die. The disciples were scared. But the story does not end there. As a professor of mine has said, the Resurrection is the biggest “but” in all of history. This week everything changes. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 20”

The Gospel of John: John 14

On the night Jesus was betrayed he took the role of a servant and washed the disciples feet. Knowing that he was above all creation, he took the role of a servant to serve those that were below him. Yet Jesus knows that there is still more the disciples will need in the time to come. Simply serving them is not enough. They need something else.

On the night Jesus was betrayed he took the role of a servant and washed the disciples feet. Knowing that he was above all creation, he took the role of a servant to serve those that were below him. Yet Jesus knows that there is still more the disciples will need in the time to come. Simply serving them is not enough. They need something else. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 14”

The Gospel of John: John 13

Last week we saw how we cannot make it on our own. We need someone to help guide us. But what if we do not understand them? What if they are so beyond our comprehension, we cannot see what is right in front of our faces? The disciples faced that, leading into the last days of Jesus’ life. What they expected was not what was done, and maybe that is the way it is supposed to be.

Last week we saw how we cannot make it on our own. We need someone to help guide us. But what if we do not understand them? What if they are so beyond our comprehension, we cannot see what is right in front of our faces? The disciples faced that, leading into the last days of Jesus’ life. What they expected was not what was done, and maybe that is the way it is supposed to be. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 13”

The Gospel of John: John 11

Last week Jesus continued to explain how he is God. He pointed towards testimonies of others, Scripture, and even the miracles he was able to perform. There were many who believed, and still many that did not. This week Jesus shows us that he is in the messiness of life with us. He does not sit above it all and never gets touched. Rather, being human, God experienced the same pain and struggles that we have to deal with on a regular basis.

Happy Thanksgiving! I know that this time of year might be hard for you with the loss of someone special. I think this week’s chapter is a good reminder that we can still be joyous through pain.

Last week Jesus continued to explain how he is God. He pointed towards testimonies of others, Scripture, and even the miracles he was able to perform. There were many who believed, and still many that did not. This week Jesus shows us that he is in the messiness of life with us. He does not sit above it all and never gets touched. Rather, being human, God experienced the same pain and struggles that we have to deal with on a regular basis. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 11”

The Gospel of John: John 10

Last week, Jesus healed a blind man. This miracle began to cause division among the Jews as they were not sure what to make of it. Jesus kept pushing the people in charge, telling them that they did not know as much as they thought they did. Jesus pointed out how they were missing out on seeing him for who he is. This week, Jesus continues to teach the Pharisees the truth.

Last week, Jesus healed a blind man. This miracle began to cause division among the Jews as they were not sure what to make of it. Jesus kept pushing the people in charge, telling them that they did not know as much as they thought they did. Jesus pointed out how they were missing out on seeing him for who he is. This week, Jesus continues to teach the Pharisees the truth. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 10”

The Gospel of John: John 9

Last week we saw Jesus make his testimony about himself. Now his attention goes to show himself to a man that was in desperate need.

Last week we saw Jesus make his testimony about himself. Now his attention goes to show himself to a man that was in desperate need. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 9”

The Gospel of John: John 8

Last week’s chapter ended with a call from Nicodemus (yes, the same Nicodemus from chapter 3) for the Pharisees to hear Jesus’ testimony. This chapter is Jesus’ testimony, but first we have to make a small detour. There are some older manuscripts that do not have 7:53-8:11. There are some scholars that might say I should skip over it, but it is in my Bible so we are going to look at it anyway.

Last week’s chapter ended with a call from Nicodemus (yes, the same Nicodemus from chapter 3) for the Pharisees to hear Jesus’ testimony. This chapter is Jesus’ testimony, but first we have to make a small detour. There are some older manuscripts that do not have 7:53-8:11. There are some scholars that might say I should skip over it, but it is in my Bible so we are going to look at it anyway. Continue reading “The Gospel of John: John 8”