How We Imagine A ‘Nation’ part 3

How We Imagine A ‘Nation’ part 3

In the shadow of the Sochi Olympics and the unfolding tension in the Ukraine, we are exploring the theme/thesis that: ‘Nation’ is both sovereign and transcendent. ‘Nation’ is both a social imaginary and an emergent reality. [Trust me - I am going somewhere with this] Benedict Anderson explains that the notion of imagined communities was … Continue reading

Missed in history? (10 of 52)

Originally posted on theonlydraft:
This week I finished a book called The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone. I was turned onto this book by listening to a podcast that was a theological breakdown of the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave. I was working while listening to the podcast and was…

Imagining a ‘Nation’ part 2

Imagining a ‘Nation’ part 2

In part 1 I introduced a theme/thesis for this series of posts: ‘Nation’ is both sovereign and transcendent.  ‘Nation’ is both a social imaginary and an emergent reality. Charles Taylor utilizes the term ‘social imaginary’ to refer to god-like capacity described by Anderson.  The term encompasses a threefold meaning: First is the way that ordinary … Continue reading

Imagining a ‘Nation’ part 1

Imagining a ‘Nation’ part 1

Watching the Olympics was different for me this time. During the past four years I have been in a PhD program and have burrowed down into topics that have deeply impacted me.  Within one of my cognate fields (non-core studies) I addressed the issue of nationalism and the modern imaginary. The news about events that … Continue reading

Add an ‘S’ as a test

Add an ‘S’ as a test

I started doing this several years ago. It is surprising how often it reveals something that significantly alters the perception of the topic. When a complex topic is overly simplified it actually makes it more confusing and becomes less helpful. Topics that are appropriately complex and multifaceted are not served by being pressed down or … Continue reading

The Meat and Potatoes of Theology

The Meat and Potatoes of Theology

Have you ever overheard two doctors talking to each in medical speak? Ever had a plumber try to explain to you why this or that fixture/joint is not compatible with this or that coping/fitting? Ever gone to a ‘do it yourself’ weekend-warrior class at the hardware store, then tried to rewire/retrofit that thing only to … Continue reading

Calling God Names

Calling God Names

I wanted to share some thoughts coming out of our conversations at the Loft LA. You can listen to the podcast of our gatherings here.  As we near the end of the ‘New Gear for the New Year’ series we have two final topics to cover: the Name of God and the End of the … Continue reading

HomeGrown Christianity Begins Today

HomeGrown Christianity Begins Today

I am very excited to announce that 2014 has brought a new Eco-Theology series called “HomeBrewed Grown Christianity” all about-earth care and lovin’ God. It has grown into an 8 part series including a TNT follow-up to the initial run of interviews that begin today. Episode 1: Leah Kostamo Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling, … Continue reading