Messages on the Atonement

A mosaic of fishes and loaves in the Catacombs of Priscilla, in Rome. Early Christians recalled these symbols because Jesus did a multiplication miracle of bread and fish, twice, to feed crowds of people (Matthew 14 - 15; Mark 6 - 7). At a minimum, Jesus used these miracles to represent his feeding people spiritually through his teaching. Photo credit: Berthold Werner | Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons.


The Theology of Marvel’s Black Panther (45 - 60 minute presentation, or 2 hour presentation with discussion) A fun exploration of the movie as social commentary, reliance on actual African and African-American history affected by Christian faith, and concepts of good and evil which are ultimately theological. Why is Wakanda like Ethiopia? How does the T’Challa vs. Killmonger dynamic play out like the MLK vs. Malcolm X dynamic?

The Theology of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (shorter presentation; 50 - 60 minutes) Tolkien was writing an equivalent to an "Old Testament" which he thought existed among the Angles (English) before Christian faith was preached to them.  See also Like Stories of Old, Heroism and Moral Victory - The Lord of the Rings, Part 1 (Like Stories of Old, Aug 24, 2018) and Like Stories of Old, A Mythology of Hope - The Lord of the Rings, Part 2 (Like Stories of Old, Aug 31, 2018)

The Theology of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter (40 minute presentation) A fun exploration of J.K. Rowling's reliance on Christian motifs and the biblical plot arc. Why is book 4 the turning point of the 7 books? Why do the two New Testament passages quoted in book 7 summarize the whole story? Why did Harry have to surrender his life?


The Healing of Human Nature in Jesus (video, Nov 15, 2013) 

Who is Jesus? Exploring Two Christian Traditions (ppts for a 40 minute presentation on medical vs. penal substitution; focus on Psalm 22)

The King Who Entered Our Sin and Suffering (and ppt) (Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12) 

Knowing the Love of God (1 John 4:9 - 14) 

Why Trust This Jesus? (John 1:14 - 18) 

The Making of a New Humanity (Colossians 1:15 - 20) 

God's Response to Human Evil: The Faithfulness of Jesus (Romans 3:21 - 26) 

God's Victory over Human Evil in Jesus (Romans 6:1 - 11) 

God's Victory over Human Evil: Presenting Ourselves to Jesus (Romans 6:12 - 14) 

God's Victory over Human Evil: We Are Bondslaves to Christ (Romans 6:15 - 23) 

Beyond "Near and Far": Jesus Overcomes Shame and Alienation (Ephesians 2:11 - 22) 

Jesus Frees Us from the Evil One (Matthew 3:13 - 4:11)

bible studies and messages from the anastasis center