I have insomnia tonight - a rare occasion these days. I’m not in the mood to read any more about the use of Gadamer’s hermeneutical circle in Practical Theology so I brewed some coffee and revisited some of the online happenings from the past couple of months. I found 3 pairs of things that I … Read more about The Limits of Labels
On this week's TNT I proposed that labels can be good and helpful. They don't need to be divisive or negative. Now some people want to eschew labels all together. I get why they might want to do that but I find that not only a daunting task but a nearly impossible way to proceed through society … Read more about The Thing With Labels
René Girard is popping up in the most interesting places. Among others: Tony Jones mentioned him in our podcast about 'A Better Atonement' I heard Brian McLaren talk about him in lecture at Wild Goose West. Later this week I will be interviewing James Alison on the subject. In fact, … Read more about The Resurgence of René Girard
Over 50 different HBC Deacons have answered the call. They responded to the John 14:6 Challenge & now Bo and I get to Nerd Out with some of your calls! It was a ton of fun to interact with you all and we will be looking forward to more interactive fun in the near future. The release of … Read more about The John 14:6 Challenge Edition!!! [TNT 39]
Over the past two months we have been having a lot of fun talking about John 14:6. The release of Brian McLaren's new book Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World and our subsequent live event with him at Wild Goose West (audio … Read more about What if John 14:6 isn’t even about Salvation?
Brian McLaren recently posted a very interesting note from a former fan who was feeling the need to 'break ranks' with the author over his position regarding homosexuality. I wanted to post part of it here for several reasons. I have been saying that 'People Do Change Their Minds'. We … Read more about McLaren Changed His Mind
It's Football season and in this episode of the Theology Nerd Throwdown, Tripp and Bo break it down for 4 full quarters. Topic #1 is Rob Bell's new TV show. Topic #2 is Brian McLaren's new book (and the John 14:6 Challenge). Topic #3 is Mormonism and the changing role in America. The final … Read more about TNT: Bell’s new show, McLaren’s new book and Mormons in America
This past weekend I got to participate in one of best and most interesting experiences of my christian life - Wild Goose West. This was the festival’s first venture to the left coast and it did not disappoint! Billed as an intersection of 'Art, Justice, Music and Spirituality', the Goose brought … Read more about Wild Goose or Mild Goose?
Jeff Bethke has created quite a stir with his YouTube video that begins “Jesus came to abolish religion.” Many video responses have followed (including a Muslim response) and some bloggers have meticulously attacked the logic behind his poem point-by-point. This past week he was in Time … Read more about Why I hate religion but love Jesus & the missing ingredient
Roger Olson posted an excellent article by Mike Clawson on his blog last week. It was about the fundamentalist roots of evangelicalism and their contemporary implications. In the comments (and Roger always has tons of comments) Olson reminded everyone of an article he wrote 12 years ago for … Read more about There is no Evangelical Orthodoxy
In this hour long conversation Bo and Tripp take up the question "Is too much emphasis placed on the cross?" Bo thinks that it is both out of proportion and ultimately unhelpful to place so much importance in this one symbol. Tripp think that it can be redeemed from those who have misused and … Read more about The Cross, Resurrection, Blood, and Church of Jesus: TNT Crossed Out
Last week I posted that Progressive is not Liberal and also on the term Evangelical. Both got good response. It was part of a bigger conversation that his happening at several nodes around the interwebs. Here is a rundown of some of them. Carol Howard Merritt from Tribal Church.org did a god job … Read more about Update: Categories Clarification