Crucifixion of the Warrior God — Love Laid a Trap

Greg Boyd in his never-ending book, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God, lays out God’s martial arts program. (This won’t hook you enough to actually read the book, but I’m not going to go into any more detail than that because I would have to take three blog posts to explain it.) Continue reading “Crucifixion of the Warrior God — Love Laid a Trap”

Understanding the “wrath” of God through the Cross

Here is the thing with Greg Boyd’s two-volume behemoth titled The Crucifixion of the Warrior God : it is like the never-ending story. I get through a chapter, which is fairly amazing in and of itself, and I think, “Whew!” Then I’m wondering how much farther to go… and I swear more chapters magically appear at the end of the volume. I’m not kidding. It always looks like I’ve read 10 pages at the front of the second volume even if I’ve read 5 chapters. (And Boyd doesn’t do short chapters like most publishers and readers insist on!) I’ll never finish this book.  Continue reading “Understanding the “wrath” of God through the Cross”

The Old Testament God and Violence

“Contrary to the overly generalized and sensationalized description of the God of the OT provided by (other authors), people who read Scripture sympathetically generally find that the God of the OT is by-and-large a relational God of hesed (i.e., covenant-love) who continually strives to bring all people — first the Israelites, and then, through them, all the ‘families of the earth’ (Gen. 12:3; cf. Exod 19:5-6) — into relationships of shalom and covenant righteousness/justice with himself as well as with each other.” Greg Boyd, Crucifixion of the Warrior God

Discipleship is about radical love

“… I would argue that the instruction to love enemies is ‘the very genius of Christianity.’ And this ‘genius’ command mandates nothing less than that we are to demonstrate to all people the kind of love God demonstrated toward us while we were yet enemies (Rom. 5:10; Eph. 5:1-2). This is precisely why, after defining the kind of love that characterizes God by pointing us to Jesus’s death on the cross, John immediately adds: ‘And we ought to lay down our lives for one another’ (1 John 3:16, italics added).” — Greg Boyd, Crucifixion of the Warrior God 

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