Liberal Christianity has a problem. I am not a liberal myself, but I do get to hang out with many liberal Christians and I can say with some confidence that I see where the problem is seated.  Liberal Christians ‘get it’. They are more mature or wise than their fundamentalist cousins from the … Read more about Liberal Christians Are Not Going To Hell
Sex Is Not Simple
Sexuality and spirituality have been on my mind as we prepare for tonight’s Level Ground Film Festival. I am very aware of the cultural conversation that continues to circle around marriage equality and issues related to legal matters. As a pastor and theologian, my concern is more specifically … Read more about Sex Is Not Simple
Theopoetics Book Blog Tour
Theology Nerds! It is time for a book blog tour with one of our very own! In fall 2014 Callid released his book, Way to Water: A Theopoetics Primer with Cascade Books and they've been awesome and said they'll kick in a dozen books for you all to get your nerdy hands on. The book itself is chock … Read more about Theopoetics Book Blog Tour
PostChristian Piatt Fun!
Christian Piatt of the Homebrewed CultureCast was recently in SoCal to hang with Tripp Fuller and talk about his new book PostChristian: What's left? Can we fix? Do we care? They were joined by Bart Campolo, Peter Rollins and Benjamin Cory to talk about the implications of moving on. Imagine … Read more about PostChristian Piatt Fun!
More On Miracles (Q&R)
Yesterday I got a comment on blog post from 2 years ago. Since this subject comes up frequently, I thought it would be good to respond. I hope you get some sort of update from comments posted on old posts. Indeed I do! Thank you so much for taking the time to write in. I've been trying to work … Read more about More On Miracles (Q&R)
Marx & Whitehead: Reviewing “Organic Marxism”
by Austin Roberts If you’re like me and have ever wondered what a “process Marxism” would look like, the recently published Organic Marxism: An Alternative to Capitalism and Ecological Catastrophe by Philip Clayton and Justin Heinzekehr is an exciting vision of such a possibility. It is in fact … Read more about Marx & Whitehead: Reviewing “Organic Marxism”
Christianity Without A Cross?
On this week’s TNT I introduced an interesting thought experiment: take the cross out of the Jesus story and see what you can still do. This this thought experiment appeals to me for two reasons: Modern Protestants have overdone it on the cross The incarnation and resurrection hold far more … Read more about Christianity Without A Cross?
Brian Bantum on Redeeming Mulatto
Brian Bantum teaches theology at Seattle Pacific University out in the mighty Northwest. This spring when he and Callid were both at the Christian Leadership Forum of FTE they sat down to talk about Brian's book Redeeming Mulatto: A Theology of Race and Christian Hybridity. Because they are in a … Read more about Brian Bantum on Redeeming Mulatto
Y is for Y2K
In December 1999 I got a call from a newspaper reporter. They were calling pastors and religious leaders in our city to see what they were telling their people about Y2K. When the article came out I was the only pastor who was telling their people not to worry and that the real fear was people … Read more about Y is for Y2K
T is for Theopoetics
First off, “T” should probably be “theosis,” “trinity,” or “theodicy,” but since Bo is piloting this ship and he asked me to cover theopoetics I figured I should probably do what the captain asks. Aye-aye. Since theopoetics isn't likely in Bo's dictionary of theological goodness I'll first offer … Read more about T is for Theopoetics
M is for Metaphor (and Metaphysics)
Today we explore two words that appear at opposite ends of the language/reality spectrum but in fact have a great deal to do with each other and inform each other mutually. Before we dive into metaphor, there are two words that are needed in our theological tool-belt. Univocal and Equivocal … Read more about M is for Metaphor (and Metaphysics)
L is for Liberation (and Logos)
Two concepts that anybody doing theology in the 21st century must know are Liberation and Logos. They play into so much of what we do in the theological endeavor. Liberation Theology: This term most often refers to a theological movement developed in the late 1960s in Latin America (where it … Read more about L is for Liberation (and Logos)