Strength to Strength

Strength to Strength

Strength to Strength is a virtual, live meeting held every other week.

The purpose of Strength to Strength is to advance Jesus’ kingdom by tackling thought-provoking topics, by stimulating candid discussions, and by sharing faith-building testimonies.

All are welcome to join and participate; the meeting is led by an invited guest. We host speakers who are supportive of a Christ-centered, Kingdom-focused, Scripture-based way of life, specifically as modeled by the Anabaptist tradition.

We encourage you to invite your friends to our meetings.

S2S Sisters: From the World and Into His Kingdom by Christina BaerPatriotic Ambassadors: Hospitality Worthy of a Jesus Embassy by Bryant MartinThe Economics of the Kingdom of God by Edsel BurdgeSinglehood: a Calling to Be Stewarded by Bill ShileyS2S Sisters: Beauty in Suffering by Linda MillerServing the King in Mexico by Josué MorenoPatriotic Ambassadors: The Kingdom Message, Visually Presented by Shawn MillerS2S Sisters: The Battle for Emotional Purity by Darla WeaverBONUS TALK: Ukraine Crisis by four brothersPatriotic Ambassadors: Reclaiming Responsibility by Zack Johnson and David Anderson“Creation to New Creation” Curriculum by Charlton SweazyS2S Sisters: Faithfully Running the Race, Seeing Eternity by Deborah BercotKingdom Reductionism: an Atonement Talk & Discussion by Dean Taylor
Strength to Strength welcomed Dean Taylor to discuss the atonement.When it comes to the doctrine of the Atonement, most theologically minded Anabaptists (including myself) would consider ourselves a “Christus-Victor-guy.” What I mean by this is that we believe that the story of what Jesus accomplished on the cross includes the bigger picture of Christ’s victory over Satan and all of Satan’s kingdom. That’s good. However, what’s not good is that in the process of championing Jesus’ victory over Satan, we have often thrown the sacrifice of Christ under the bus.As a historical theologian, I feel that many in the neo-Anabaptist world have gone way too far with “Christus Victor” and “Ransom Atonement” theories of the Atonement. I think I understand why we have done this. But we were wrong. For this reason, I wrote a paper (see link below) where I discussed a few possible reasons why this reductionism occurred. I called this problem “Kingdom Reductionism.”The current rhetoric among neo-Anabaptist (and many in the academic world) is that the sacrifice themes of the Atonement, commonly known as “Penal Substitutionary Atonement (PSA),” started centuries after the early Church with Anselm in the middle ages. In my paper and in this presentation, I look at several critical early Christian passages related to the Atonement. In doing so, I demonstrate that from a historical perspective, this rhetoric is complete nonsense.In saying that, please understand that I will not be trying to claim that PSA was the exclusive view of the early Church. All that I am saying is that PSA was very clearly one of the metaphors used by the early Church to describe the miracle of the Atonement. From a historical perspective, this is easily proven.As a conclusion, I argue that pastorally I believe that the loss of PSA has hurt our churches producing unnecessary division, a loss of holiness, spiritual pride, and anemic worship.An interactive question-and-answer period follows.Download: Kingdom Reductionism by Dean Taylor
Jan 29 2022
1 hr 52 mins
BONUS TALK: Kingdom Opportunities in 2022Sing the New Song by John D. MartinRise Up, O Man of God by Lamar ShowalterBONUS TALK: Experiences as a Hostage in Haiti by Sam StoltzfusPatriotic Ambassadors: Crossing Cultures by Leonard HegeS2S Sisters: God, Grace, and Godly Womanhood by Darla WeaverPatriotic Ambassadors: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities by Gary Miller