October 14, 2015

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 […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: September 13, 2015 (+Wilco!)

Whenever you are ready, I’d like to tour the dark side of this thing we call theology. I have high hopes that, once we emerge on the other side, we may be better theologians for having confronted some aspects of theology its promoters usually ignore. I hate theology when it’s without humility. Theology and humility. […]

Rob Grayson: The judgement of the cross

Note from CM: This week we will feature posts by several guest writers, starting today with our friend Rob Grayson from across the pond. You may find some of these posts to be a bit controversial, and I chose them because I thought they would prompt lively discussion. I ask you to think before you comment […]

Sacramental from the beginning

…the mysterious character of all created reality lies in its sacramental nature. • Hans Boersma • • • Many of us have grounded our theology concerning the sacramental nature of life in this world in the Incarnation, when God took on flesh and walked among us in Jesus Christ. The Infinite clothed himself in the finite, and gave […]

Relational God, relational creation

For your contemplation today, here is more from Terence Fretheim on the “fundamental relational character” of God and the creation. • • • A basic claim I wish to make about the Old Testament understanding of creation is that it has a fundamental relational character. …Crucial in thinking through biblical texts regarding creation is the […]