August 20, 2017

Today I want to talk with you about the difference between power-over grace and empowering grace. In the end, it is empowering grace we want. You see, power-over grace comes from a particular understanding of sin and forgiveness called substitutiary atonement. Marcus Borg reminds us this newer understanding of a more transactional atonement was not the default of Christian faith for the first thousand years. St. Anselm articulated it for the first time in 1098 in his treatise on “Why God became human.” In this formula of t...

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