Understanding Jesus’ Cry of Abandonment

Understanding Jesus’ Cry of Abandonment

Now that Good Friday is fast approaching we can expect to see a surge in online discussion about Christ’s saving work on the Cross. In this post I want to discuss Christ’s ‘cry of abandonment’ from the Cross – “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27:46; Mk 15:34) – because I feel this is one of the most misunderstood texts in all of Scripture. The historical Protestant (mis)understanding of Christ’s Atonement,...

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Two Years a Catholic

Two Years a Catholic

On September 23rd, 2012 (two years ago today), I was received into full communion with the Catholic Church. Humanly speaking, it was one of the worst decisions I have ever made. The last two years have brought me almost nothing but loss. Most of my fellow alumni and former professors at Westminster Seminary no longer speak to me, I am denied entrance into the church I planted (where my family still attends on Sundays) — I wasn’t even...

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What the Hell?

What the Hell?

I recently streamed a fascinating documentary on Netflix called Hellbound?, in which the traditional view of hell as eternal torment is compared and contrasted with annihilationism and universalism, both of which are gaining popularity with contemporary theologians. The film featured many evangelical thinkers with whom I am not familiar, but among the ones I knew were Rob Bell, Mark Driscoll, Brian McLaren, Kevin DeYoung, Justin Taylor, Hank...

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When I Find Myself in Times of Trouble. . . .

When I Find Myself in Times of Trouble. . . .

One of the themes I hope to explore here at Creed Code Cult is the effect that becoming a Catholic has had upon me personally. After all, it’s not only about arguments and prooftexts — these matters necessarily touch upon the core of what makes us who we are as Christians and as people. In a word, being Catholic has made me less argumentative, less threatened, and less bloodthirsty. It’s not that I was even among...

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Christ’s Sacrifice and Christian Suffering

I have been preaching a ten-week series at Exile called A Living Sacrifice during which we have traced the theme of sacrifice through the pages of Scripture, beginning back in the garden of Eden (of the ten, nine sermons have been preached). The full list looks like this: Man the WorshiperCreation of a Cosmic TempleHumanity’s High PriestThe Cup and the CrossThe Mystery of the GospelA Sacrifice of PraiseBaptized to DeathSupper and...

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