I is for Infallible, Inerrant, Impassible and Immutable

I is for Infallible, Inerrant, Impassible and Immutable

Note: all relevant ‘I’ words will be placed in italics. It is an unfortunate quirk in the English language that leads negatives – or negations – to begin with the letter ‘I’. The resulting effect is that some of the most problematic and even disturbing words in the theological tool-shed begin with ‘I’. Infallible Inerrant  Impassible Immutable  … Continue reading

H is for Hermeneutics

H is for Hermeneutics

You may know that I hail from an evangelical-charismatic background.  What you may not know is that I am continually challenged in conversations about the need to interpret our experiences and texts. We don’t just have experiences – like we don’t just read (and believe) the Bible – we interpret. We do it as second … Continue reading

F is for Fideism or Why What We Believe Really Matters

F is for Fideism or Why What We Believe Really Matters

Fideism is one of the most alluring, and thus, potentially dangerous developments on the theological landscape in our lifetime. Fideism: The view that matters of religious and theological truth must be accepted by faith apart from the exercise of reason. In its extreme, fideism suggests that the use of reason is misleading. Less extreme fideists … Continue reading

E is for Empire

E is for Empire

  “Christian theology suffers from an imperial condition” This is how Catherine Keller begins her chapter in PostColonial Theology.  [Keller podcast] The people that I know who love, quote, and believe the Bible the most happen to be the least aware of the Bible’s concern with /critique of Empire. What is fascinating to me is … Continue reading

D is for Deconstruction

D is for Deconstruction

Deconstruction is love. If it were not love then one would employ destruction. If the way things are is good enough, one would take up preservation. Deconstruction is not destruction – but to those into preservation it often feels like it. Think of de-construction as a controlled burn (purifying fire) that clears out the old … Continue reading

Podcast (ABC’s) and Video (Loft LA)

Podcast (ABC’s) and Video (Loft LA)

For those who are interested I have two pieces of media to share. The first is a podcast with my friend Callid over at HomeBrewed Christianity on the A B C’s of Theology. Elder of Graphical Sweetness Jesse Turri is providing icons for each letter!     The second is a video from Sunday at … Continue reading

C is for Christology

C is for Christology

Christology, like our previous topics of Atonement and Baptism, is one prone to both diversity and contention. This is a significant distinction because it is nearly impossible to say anything about any aspect of christology without drawing the ire of some group, camp or school of thought. Having said that, it is vital to state … Continue reading

B is for Baptism

B is for Baptism

Baptism, like atonement yesterday, is one of those topics that is vitally important to the Christian tradition but which has developed and evolved over time to have a multiplicity of perspectives. Let’s talk about the second aspect first. Sprinkling, pouring and immersing in water are the 3 main methods. There are churches that have fonts … Continue reading

Atonement and Adiaphora

Atonement and Adiaphora

Today we begin a Summer Series on the A B C’s of Theology. Atonement is one of those rare words that actually works in English: people often utilize the at-one-ment memory device. At its most basic, atonement simply means the re-pair of something that was broken or separated. Specifically here, we are saying that something … Continue reading