You may know that I hail from an evangelical-charismatic background. What you may not know is that I am continually challenged in conversations about the need to interpret our experiences and texts. We don’t just have experiences - like we don’t just read (and believe) the Bible - we interpret. … Read more about H is for Hermeneutics
Christian theology has an opportunity moving into the future. In part 1 I outlined modern Christianity’s problem. I could say more about Christendom, Colonialism and Consumerism (the 3 C’s of modern Christianity) and will later this week. In part 2 I looked at modern Christianity’s temptation to … Read more about Neither Barth Nor Schleiermacher: Modern Theology’s Opportunity (3/3)
In light of the massive shifts in culture, understanding and expectation that the last 300 years has seen, there seem to be three great temptations for the devout. Last week we talked about the problems that Modernity brought to Christianity’s doorstep in the West. Science had moved into the … Read more about Modern Christianity’s Temptation (2/3)
I awoke to a provocative text from my friend on the East coast yesterday morning. He had a 3 hour head start on me and I assume he was at an Easter sunrise service. My friend knows that I now minister in a context where not everyone believes in physical resurrection, preferring a more ‘spiritual’ … Read more about Resurrection – whether physical, spiritual or poetic – Really Matters!
We talked about the dangers of a penal substitution theory of atonement yesterday. I want to thank everyone who shared, retweeted, emailed and commented. The sincerity and the level of interest were very encouraging to me - as was the level of pushback. It reminds me of exactly how much all of this … Read more about What About Isaiah 53?
Exploring historic atonement theories during Lent has been eye-opening. At one of the gatherings of my church, atonement theories have fueled our conversations the past 6 weeks (you can listen here). I have to come to appreciate both the complexity and the beauty that has gone into these attempts … Read more about One Thing That Did Not Happen On Good Friday: PSA
For Lent this year I did an interesting experiment. I did not give up anything but instead added an exercise as a discipline. My goal was to engage both the earliest days of the church’s past and stretch myself to imagine the church’s future. I did this by engaging two things: I downloaded a … Read more about Modern Christianity’s Problem (1/3)
I want to thank all of you who shared, commented and emailed about this past weekend’s post on Blood: Easter, the Cross and that quote about Liberals. I have received lots of feedback via email, FaceBook and text. It seems that most people get the main thrust of the article but have one … Read more about Concerns About ‘The’ Cross
It is almost Easter - my most conflicted time of year as a pastor. I am smitten with the empty grave. In fact, I am almost as excited about the Easter imagery as I am horrified by N. American protestant’s fascination with the cross. I have written and talked about this disturbing trend in the … Read more about Blood: Easter and That Damn Liberal Quote
In Aronovsky’s movie, Noah inhabits an enchanted world. From the first rain drop that mystically/magically replaces a plucked flower, we know that Noah is walking in a world that is enchanted is way we are not used to seeing. The rules are a little different. Things work in slightly different … Read more about Noah: Inhabiting A ReEnchanted World
Last week, at the Phyllis Tickle event, the ‘authority question’ came up, as it will/should whenever someone starts talking about ‘the Spirit’. I was sitting out in the audience for the Fuller Seminary part of the evening. A little debate/concern arose about the issue of authority - especially … Read more about The Authority Question – Pentecostals & Methodists
Fun title ... but I’m serious. Yesterday, when I suggested dropping the ‘the’ as a litmus test, I mentioned that we need to revisit the way that we hold our faith. Convictions about God and our religious experiences can be very powerful. As both a minister and an academic theologian I have given … Read more about Hold God Loosely – Like A Lover