Posted in June 2012

God is in charge of the economy?

God is in charge of the economy?

I have always been suspicious that what I am about to say was true. If you follow out the way that folks talk about an interventionist God who meddles, tinkers, intervenes and interacts with ‘His’ (always his) creation … then it has to follow that some within that stream will think that God actually runs … Continue reading

Eucharist isn’t Enough to Combat Consumer

Eucharist isn’t Enough to Combat Consumer

Early today I wrote about my appreciation for a book by John Reader entitled Reconstructing Practical Theology: the Impact of Globalization. I mentioned his use of Zombie Categories and promised to tackle a specific issue today. Globalization and technological developments pose unique challenges and potential assaults on the conception of “self”.  Reader examines three manifestations … Continue reading

Haunted by Zombie Categories

Haunted by Zombie Categories

I have spent that last two weeks reading and shoring up my familiarity with Creation Ex Nihilo and the Trinity respectively. As fascinating as that has been,  I have to admit that am speculated out. I can only take so much speculative theology. This is part of why I am so happy to be in … Continue reading

Explaining Evil: 3 Unique Takes

Explaining Evil: 3 Unique Takes

Earlier this week I wrote about Dealing with Demons - a progressive take, and in it I mentioned that the Devil was a personification of when evil is too big and too bad for us to comprehend as a human result … we outsource to an ancient, cosmic bad guy.  Many were able to track with … Continue reading

Dealing with Demons (a progressive take)

Dealing with Demons (a progressive take)

In the weeks since Pentecost I have posted 2 blogs about the Bible (A Funny Thing Happened and Poetics)  and then 2 about personal prophecy (Why didn’t God tell me? and Process). I love the conversations that have ensued and am amazed at the number of questions that have been generated. Recently I was asked … Continue reading

Personal Prophecy: moving on (part 2)

Personal Prophecy: moving on (part 2)

I wrote earlier that we need to be careful with developing a dependance on personal prophecy. Q: Why didn’t God tell you the accountant was embezzling? A: Because that is not how God designed things to work. Having said that, I want to be clear – I believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, … Continue reading

Church & State are Married in a Civil Union

Church & State are Married in a Civil Union

Originally published at HBC A good questions can get to the heart of an issue – or expose the underlying assumptions that lie behind an issue. I learned early on in ministry to ask a simple question about marriage: If I as an ordained minister perform a wedding ceremony for a couple, but they have … Continue reading