The End of This Blog—the Beginning of a New One

“Do not think that I have come to abolish Being Filled; I have not come to abolish this blog, but to fulfill it. For verily I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, neither a jot nor tittle will by any means disappear from Being Filled until everything is accomplished.”


I’ve had a great time blogging at Being Filled, but it’s time to move on. For one thing, the name and logo for this blog have always caused undue confusion. But more importantly, some of my most fundamental convictions have shifted since I began this blog. I no longer agree with much of what I’ve previously written.

At the same time, I don’t want to simply remove that content, as if I never believed it. So for now, this blog will remain as it is, and a new blog will begin. I may, over time, transfer some of the content from this blog (the stuff I do still agree with) to the new blog. The rest will stay here.

So if you want to continue following my blogging journey, update your subscriptions to my new blog, Hippie Heretic. And check out my inaugural post, explaining why I chose that name.

Locating Atonement (Book Review) & Ben Myer’s Patristic Atonement Model

Locationg Atonement

There’s been a lot of recent discussion on the nature of Jesus’ atonement. All Christians universally affirm that Jesus’ death on the cross saved us from sin. But we debate exactly how his death brought about that salvation.

Western Christianity has long been dominated by penal views of the atonement, namely Calvin’s theory of penal substitutionary atonement. According to this view, God’s holiness demands that sin be punished; Christ bore that punishment in our place; God’s wrath was thus satisfied; and we can thus receive forgiveness. But this view is starting to lose its dominance. For reasons that I won’t get into now, I count myself among those who believe that it offers a distorted picture of God and that it undermines the nature of forgiveness.

Other views—such as recapitulation, ransom, Christus victor, moral influence, mimetic theory, and many others—are becoming more prominent. And so the debate rages. Those with opposing views lock themselves into their respective camps, and little progress is made.

The Jesus-Centered Bible (Book Review)

Jesus-Centered Bible

My wife and I were recently given the opportunity to review the Jesus-Centered Bible. Be sure to check out her review as well. We’d like to thank Group Publishing for sending us our review copies.

Initial thoughts

Physically, this Bible is beautiful. It feels great in my hands. It lays open pretty well. And it comes with that amazing new-Bible smell. The layout and typesetting are classy. I like the blue-themed Old Testament and red-themed New Testament.

That brings me to the big feature that is unique to this Bible. We’re accustomed to seeing Jesus’ words in red letters. But Rick Lawrence and Ken Castor have taken this concept a step further, applying blue letters to various Old Testament references to Jesus. Cool idea. However, they admit from the outset that the blue-letter references are not intended to be exhaustive. They chose about 700 prominent texts to highlight. Each blue-letter selection comes with a sidebar explaining how the text points to Jesus. I’ll come back to these.

The Image of God and a New Proposal for Resolving Old Testament Violence


The violence problem

I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the problem of violence in the Old Testament. If you’re unfamiliar with this topic, here’s a basic summary of the problem:

  1. Jesus reveals God as completely nonviolent.
  2. The Old Testament frequently shows God engaging in and commanding violence.

If you disagree with the first point, the second won’t pose as much of a problem for you. But for the sake of this post, I’m taking the first point as granted, and I have no intention of debating it here.

My Biggest Problem with Homosexuality

Sermon on the Mount

My friend Keith Giles recently posted an article discussing homosexuality in the Bible. And I’ve previously shared a few thoughts on the subject myself.

But there’s one major issue that just keeps nagging at me—one problem I can’t seem to get around.

My biggest problem with homosexuality is love.

Let me explain. Jesus and the Apostles emphasized over and over again that love is the basis for everything, including every command God has given.

We sometimes get the impression that God arbitrarily prohibits things that offend him. But this could not be further than the truth! God always acts out of love, and his prohibitions always stem from love.