April 24, 2014

An Ordinary God

O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! ‘For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?’ ‘Or who has given a gift to him, to receive a gift in return?’ For from him and through him […]

Who Is Christ for Us Today?

What is bothering me incessantly is the question what Christianity really is, or indeed who Christ really is, for us today. The time when people could be told everything by means of words, whether theological or pious, is over, and so is the time of inwardness and conscience–and that means the time of religion in […]

Brian Zahnd: Axiomatic Thoughts on Christ and the Bible

Brian Zahnd has written a wonderfully clear article on the distinction between biblicism and Christianity, called Scripture as Witness to the Word of God. I commend it to you in its entirety. As a taste, I present this list of “axiomatic thoughts on Christ and the Bible” with which he opens his post: The Bible […]

Thoughts on Southern Africa

With the passing of Nelson Mandela yesterday, the world lost a great statesman. Through his words of reconciliation South Africa was able to transition out of Apartheid without the bloodshed that characterized so many of the independence movements of the region. While I am known as the Canadian voice on Internet Monk, my family had […]

Are We More Gracious than God?

 Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8, NRSV Love…keeps no record of being wronged. – 1 Corinthians 13:5, NLT * * * This is not meant as a formal theological analysis of the meaning of the atonement. It’s more like street-level questioning of […]

On Peter Rollins: Deconstruction Is Not Enough

The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction By Peter Rollins Howard Books, 2013 – Part two of a two-part review and meditation * * * It is dangerous to put a chainsaw in the hands of a preacher. We live in a house that is 112 years old and this has […]

Good News from Peter Rollins: God does not exist, is not sublime, and has no meaning

The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction By Peter Rollins Howard Books, 2013 – Part one of a two-part review and meditation * * * Peter Rollins thinks that much modern Christianity has become, in essence, idolatry. Today the “Good News” of Christianity operates with much the same logic. It is […]

Eugene Peterson: “Nothing disembodied, nothing impersonal, nothing in general”

Theology is about God, and God is Spirit — so why the adjective ["spiritual" theology]? Maybe because we have accumulated a lot of experience in the Christian community of persons treating theology as a subject in which God is studied in the ways we are taught to study in our schools—acquiring information that we can […]

Third Use of the Law? No, Something Better

The Debate One of the great debates in theology regarding Law and Gospel is whether or not there is a third use of God’s laws. The first two uses of the Law are accepted by all: The Civil Use of the Law: God’s laws serve all humanity by restraining sin, setting moral and ethical boundaries […]

Our Therapist, Who Art in Heaven

“When God Is Your Therapist” By T. M. Luhrmann Published: April 13, 2013 New York Times * * * I have started reading T.H. Luhrmann’s book, When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God, and hope to be reviewing it soon. In the meantime, I noticed that she had an op-ed piece […]