I have heard a bunch of jokes by the close-minded religious person that Seminary is best pronounced Cemetery. While theological education has been one of the greatest gifts to my faith, I do understand why this reputation has developed. Part of the problem is ministers' inability to trust the … Read more about Seminary or Cemetery? How Theological Educators Can Assist Their Students
In his interview for Homebrewed Christianity (episode 103), David Campbell covers just about every aspect of American Christianity that one could hope for. Recounting his book American Grace, written with Robert Putnam, he addresses generational differences, cultural shifts of the 20th century and … Read more about Sound Off: American Grace and Islam
On this holiday when we remember those who served and died, there are so many interesting things that get presented and portrayed in regards to our national storyline. Some of them are valiant and deep, others are pithy and cliched. There is one, however, that gets used pretty flippantly and … Read more about War and Weight Watchers
Sojourners caused a stir when they wouldn't publish a "Believe Out Loud" ad. Jim Wallis attempted to explain the decision but it didn't ease the tension for everyone. When I saw Tony Jones, Brian McLaren, First Things, Christianity Today, Peter, David Henson, Chad Holtz, & (my favorite post) … Read more about Sojourners, Identity Politics, & Justice: RATT 3
Here is a newspaper report and interview with Harold Camping: Washington Post article The thing that people seem to be feeling bad about is that some gullible individuals got duped. I am sympathetic with the mild compassion...but I think that there is something far more sinister and devastating … Read more about Hangover: waking up from the rapture
Welp, today is the rapture. And I got left behind. It seems all my friends did too. If we're going to live here together, let's try to fix this place up — shall we, roomies? Here's a good read from my and Tripp's former professor, Dr. Bill Leonard. Tomorrow I'm posting audio from my sermon … Read more about Left behind.
Theology nerds unite! I know you love books but which ones? I am totally interested in your answers so post them here, facebook, or link to the post. My wish-list is ready..... 1. A book you get excited just looking at 2. Your favorite book by your favorite living theologian 3. A … Read more about Theology Nerd Book Survey
The resurrection matters. Sometimes I make my progressive theological friends anxious when I get going on about it. A friend told me last week, "Tripp your Christology is so high it might as well come from Venice Beach." While I am not sure about the comparison (p.s. non-LAites Venice has a high … Read more about Why the Resurrection Matters….
This was my meditation for our church email this week. For Youth Sunday, I'm preaching on the Good Samaritan. There’s a woman named Grace who lives on my street in the Tenderloin District, San Francisco. When I say she lives on my street, I mean that literally — she's homeless. I pass her … Read more about Grace
Today the new University Project announced it’s official name - Claremont Lincoln University. You can read about the background story of the name here. As a Claremont student, I am invested in the future of the project. I had desired to come to the School of Theology for a while but that was … Read more about Claremont’s New University
Today is a very exciting day for all those with connections to Claremont School of Theology! The visionary President Jerry Campbell has succeeded in putting together the first inter-religious University on our planet. With a very generous gift from Joan and David Lincoln, beginning next fall … Read more about Welcome to the World Claremont Lincoln University!!!!
I was editing the 101st episode of Homebrewed Christianity, a conversation primarily between Paul Capetz and John Cobb. It was a fantastic theological dialogue ... and then then subject turned toward practical matters. What happened to the Mainline church? Why is it in such decline? It turns … Read more about what went wrong with the Mainline?