The old Stealers Wheels song says "clowns to the left of me - jokers to the right" , when I do watch the news I find myself humming "wingnuts to the left of me - nut jobs to the right" here I am stuck in the middle with you. Over a decade ago I read an amazing book called The Argument Culture by … Read more about Stuck in the Middle with you
in light of the current protests. A few weeks ago Joerg Rieger cautioned about a type of Christianity that was a cheerleader for the system, that reinforced the status quo, and participated in society in way that strengthened Empire. I have said before I come from a background where this type … Read more about Hey Hey Ho Ho – the Status Quo has got to go!
In the book “Who Needs Theology?” Grenz and Olson provide a helpful little spectrum of 5 kinds of theology: Folk, Lay, Pastoral, Professional, and Academic. I have pastored for over 15 years and have always considered myself a Pastoral Theologian. Over the last 5 years I have been transitioning … Read more about Transitioning toward Theology
I have migrated - both theologically and geographically - from where I was raised. My move from the east to the west coast was mirrored by a similar (and more than symbolic) move in theology. I grew up with Josh McDowell being the most reasonable (pun intended) voice of faith. I even went to the … Read more about From Apologetics to Apologizing: the liberal and the future of the church
Kevin Corcoran, mastermind behind the book Church in the Present Tense (along with Scot McKnight, Peter Rollins, and Jason Clark) talks with Tripp. In the intro we have fun dreaming of Johnny Depp playing Pete Rollins in The Insurrection movie with Christopher Walken as John Caputo. (Bo has … Read more about Church in the Present Tense with Kevin Corcoran: Homebrewed Christiainity 120
In this week's installment of the Theology Nerd Throw-down (TNT) we come in with a bunch questions but never get past the first one. "How are we to understand Christian unity with somebody like Mark Driscoll?" Make no mistake though - that one question leads us on a wild tour of the issue. We … Read more about Christian Unity, Mark Driscoll and Progressive problems: TNT week of Sept 29
I love John Caputo. I have only read four of his book, but one of those was The Weakness of God - and that is a crowned jewel in my library. If you have not read it, you can just check out chapter 4 of What Would Jesus Deconstruct? where he summarizes it in about 7 pages. I love when he says … Read more about The Weakness of John Caputo
This conversation with living legend Merold Westphal covers everything from the Rapture to Rob Bell, from his friendship with John Caputo to everyone's favorite theological game: Name Association! He also introduces us to the 'Gang of Four'- the Desert Father, the Geneva Calvinists, the American … Read more about Merold Westphal on the Rapture, Rob Bell, John Caputo, & More! pt2: Homebrewed Christianity 119
This Theology Nerd Throwdown is sponsored by Claremont School of Theology. Tripp and Bo take on three topics in the news from a progressive Christian perspective with an eye toward the theological. 1. Did 9/11 really change us? You can read the initial blog here. 2. The crows at the … Read more about TNT : week of September 15
Last month I asked the question "Is anyone evangelical enough anymore" and called C.S. Lewis an honorary patron saint of evangelicals - or something. Some disagreed with this assessment on the grounds that Lewis was not evangelical. Well, in the latest issue of the online magazine Heretic … Read more about The Evangelical C.S. Lewis
As we all know,this past weekend was a big one. I watched with much interest as the commemorations and memorials passed. My senses were especially heightened today due to five things: We put our the interview with Graham E. Fuller this past Friday. I heard an interview and read an article with … Read more about Did 9/11 really change us?
On the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, we talk to Graham E. Fuller about the world we live in and geo-political roots of our contemporary conflicts. We talk about Israel, Turkey, Russia, Bosnia, Malaysia, Indonesia and America. We also go back in history - past the Crusades - to … Read more about 9/11 Special: Graham E. Fuller and a world without Islam