ABC WrapUp

ABC WrapUp

The ABC’s of Theology series has come to an end. Below is a list of all the posts and podcasts. I had planned to do a second round of the alphabet for theologians who you need to know about. That will, unfortunately, need to wait for another day. A family situation and a new semester … Continue reading

Z is for Zebra (evolution)

Z is for Zebra (evolution)

I was taught to refute evolution. It was a cornerstone to apologetics. Zebras and their stripes were a primary example used to refute evolution. If the stripes are for camouflaging a herd of zebras from predators … the first striped offspring would have actually stood out from the heard and thus been an easy target. … Continue reading

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