Y is for Y2K (apocalypse)

Y is for Y2K (apocalypse)

In December 1999 I got a call from a newspaper reporter. They were calling pastors and religious leaders in our city to see what they were telling their people about Y2K.  When the article came out I was the only pastor who was telling their people not to worry and that the real fear was … Continue reading

X is for X-ray (technology)

X is for X-ray (technology)

Something a little different today.  100 years ago was the beginning of what became known as World War I. I am fascinated by the changes that have come in that 100 year period. The transition from the 19th to the 20th century houses a fascinating and rapid shift in both politics and technology (to name … Continue reading

V is for Vatican II (and Voluntarism)

V is for Vatican II (and Voluntarism)

The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) was one of the most important things events of the past 50 years.  I grew up in a heavily Catholic area (outside Chicago) and pastored in a formerly-Catholic context in NY (near Albany). The changes that came with Vatican II were monumental. Most of the criticisms and critiques that I … Continue reading

U is for Universalism

U is for Universalism

I used to joke with people that you had to be careful attending churches that had a ‘U’ in them. United, Universal, Unitarian, Unity, etc. They seemed either to believe in almost everything or in not much of anything.  It was much funnier back then… but there is something to it. Theological words are much … Continue reading

ABC Final Stretch

ABC Final Stretch

I was out of town this week and my friends Micky and Callid took care of S and T over at Homebrewed. You can read their articles linked below. Micky wrote on Salvation.  Callid took Theopoetics.  I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify a couple of things before we make the turn toward the … Continue reading

R is for Revelation and the Book of Revelation

R is for Revelation and the Book of Revelation

Revelation is a topic sure to bring raised blood-pressure and raised voices! This is true no matter which ‘revelation’ you mean. ‘Revelation’ to theologians and philosophers is a meta-category addressing ‘Revelation’ to most conservative-evangelical-charismatic believers will refer to the last book in the New Testament. Both are deadly serious in their respective arenas. Let’s deal … Continue reading

Q is for the Quest for the Historical Jesus

Q is for the Quest for the Historical Jesus

The Quest for the Historical Jesus is a topic that I am both annoyed and intrigued by. Chalk this reaction up to my evangelical upbringing but I am like a high-schooler in the midst of drama.  “They drive me nuts, I hate listening to them talk! … What did they say? Tell me everything.” I … Continue reading

O is for Open and Relational

O is for Open and Relational

One of the most vibrant developments in Christian theology has happened in the past 50 years. The conversation is diverse and includes everyone from Process friendly Mainliners to Vatican II Catholics, from Emergent types to progressive Evangelicals – and plenty of others. These diverse perspectives come under a canopy called “Open and Relational Theologies”. The … Continue reading

P is for Perichoresis

P is for Perichoresis

Perichoresis is the most beautiful and elegant picture of the Christian godhead that many Christians may be completly unaware of. The easiest way to break down the word: Peri – as in perimeter Choresis – as in choreograph (from the Greek word to ‘give away’ or ‘make room’) It is the dance of the godhead. … Continue reading