Bo’s Bookshelf

Bo’s Bookshelf

I like Top 10 lists … and I love books.  These lists of books that have been going around FB lately have been an interesting snapshot to see what books have impacted folks.  Here is my ‘Top 10 Books that have stuck with me’ list and I would love to see yours.   – Books … Continue reading

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