Click here for details of a new and important book (released next month by IVP) on the cross. The book has been written by a couple of Oak Hill students (Steve Jeffrey and Andrew Sach) and the Oak Hill Principal-Elect (Mike Ovey) in the wake of current confusion, error and division amongst evangelicals over the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement (PSA).
Some readers of this blog might not be familiar with the terminology, but you will probably have come across the idea - PSA is found all over the scriptures in various ways and has filled sermons, been explained in tracts, and inspired Christian song-writers for centuries.
J. I. Packer says it with style when he says
The notion which the phrase ‘penal substitution’ expresses is that Jesus Christ our Lord, moved by a love that was determined to do everything necessary to save us, endured and exhausted the destructive divine judgment for which we were otherwise inescapably destined, and so won us forgiveness, adoption and glory (source here, emphasis and italics mine).
As a sinner, I am really glad about this doctrine. As a sinner training to be a minister I don't want the Church to lose, neglect, or muddle this doctrine.