November 29, 2015

Richard Beck on a faith of deepening contrasts

The following is a quote from a recent post by Richard Beck at his blog, Experimental Theology. I encourage you to click the link and read the entire piece. It’s especially fun the way he teases out his point with references to Johnny Cash, Dorothy Day, and Flannery O’Connor. He describes a phenomenon I’ve seen […]

The communion of saints

I believe . . . in the communion of saints • The Apostles’ Creed • • • One of the basic teachings of Christianity that I turn to often in my work as a hospice chaplain is that of the communion of saints. It comes to mind often at this time of year, with All Saints […]

Questions about Penal Substitutionary Atonement

Now before I became a Christian I was under the impression that the first thing Christians had to believe was one particular theory as to what the point of [Jesus’] dying was. According to that theory God wanted to punish men for having deserted and joined the Great Rebel, but Christ volunteered to be punished instead, […]

Eugene Peterson on Trinity

Trinity is the most comprehensive and integrative framework that we have for understanding and participating in the Christian life. Early on in our history, our pastors and teachers formulated the Trinity to express what is distinctive in the revelation of God in Christ. This theology provides an immense horizon against which we can understand and […]

Brueggemann: The hurt God and the possibility of faithfulness

Walter Brueggemann is among my favorite Bible commentators and theologians. He represents a generation of scholars in a tradition that my evangelical/fundamentalist roots taught me to avoid. But though he comes from the Protestant mainline with its history of embracing higher critical approaches to the Bible, Brueggemann, like many others has been honest about the […]

A time for theology

I am not a professional theologian. Never have been, never will be. I am a Christian who practices my faith in the Lutheran tradition. I am a minister of the gospel and, by specific vocation, a chaplain who serves the dying and their families. I have also served as a parish minister, a setting in […]

The joy of humans at play

Theology Week Part 4: The joy of humans at play Previous posts: Part 1: Some problems with “theology” itself Part 2: Premises of a “bodily” theology Part 3: The God, not of foundations but of new things • • • I was with him as someone he could trust. For me, every day was pure delight, […]

William Stacy Johnson: The God, not of foundations but of new things

Theology Week Part 3: The God, not of foundations but of new things Previous posts: Part 1: Some problems with “theology” itself Part 2: Premises of a “bodily” theology • • • It is time that we recognized this foundationalist way of thinking for what it is. In its Christian guise, it represents not the […]

Luke Timothy Johnson: Premises of a “Bodily” Theology

Theology Week Part 2: Premises of a “Bodily” Theology Previous posts: Part 1: Some problems with “theology” itself • • • Today I will simply reproduce an excerpt from Luke Timothy Johnson’s new book, The Revelatory Body: Theology as Inductive Art, in order that we might see his premises and discuss them. This is from the […]

Theology Week at IM: Some problems with “theology” itself

Theology Week at IM Part 1: Some problems with “theology” itself I would like to spend some time following up on yesterday’s “Sundays with Michael Spencer” post on theology. Michael’s original post which I excerpted was called “I Hate Theology,” and he specified what he meant when making that striking remark: “I hate what I see theology […]