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)
Note: all relevant ‘I’ words will be placed in italics. It is an unfortunate quirk in the English language that leads negatives - or negations - to begin with the letter ‘I’. The resulting effect is that some of the most problematic and even disturbing words in the theological tool-shed begin … Read more about I is for Infallible, Inerrant, Impassible and Immutable
Fideism is one of the most alluring, and thus, potentially dangerous developments on the theological landscape in our lifetime. Fideism: The view that matters of religious and theological truth must be accepted by faith apart from the exercise of reason. In its extreme, fideism suggests that the … Read more about F is for Fideism or Why What We Believe Really Matters
Tripp and Bo field phone calls from the SpeakPipe about Missions (Russia), the gospel of Matthew, Jesus being at least as nice as God and a theology of Stryper. We love your calls and thoughts on the SpeakPipe !!! Tell us what you want to talk about. … Read more about TNT: Missions, Matthew, Jesus being nice & Stryper
Tons of people that are 'religious' would be shocked if they just took a religion 101 class. The divide between the academic study of religion is so huge that the experience of many students in their first religion class is disorientating. I don't think this is because religion professors hate … Read more about 10 Not-So-Shocking Things You Learn in Religion 101
I am a passionate worshiper. I sing loudly and feel the songs deeply. As a former drummer, I also dig rockin' worship. Having said that, my recent travels have given me reason to pause. In three different states - in three different regions of the country - I have had the pleasure of attending … Read more about Who Loves Us? or What’s Up With Worship Music?
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)
Tripp and Bo talk about Easter, the cross, bridging gaps and demons. First up is Bo's blog on Blood and Easter - then they talk Concerns about the Cross. They listen to an amazing song about differences and they tackle the topic of demons. If you want to look into the background of these … Read more about TNT: Easter, Cross, Songs & Demons