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

O is for Open and Relational

O is for Open and Relational

One of the most vibrant developments in Christian theology has happened in the past 50 years. The conversation is diverse and includes everyone from Process friendly Mainliners to Vatican II Catholics, from Emergent types to progressive Evangelicals – and plenty of others. These diverse perspectives come under a canopy called “Open and Relational Theologies”. The … Continue reading

P is for Perichoresis

P is for Perichoresis

Perichoresis is the most beautiful and elegant picture of the Christian godhead that many Christians may be completly unaware of. The easiest way to break down the word: Peri – as in perimeter Choresis – as in choreograph (from the Greek word to ‘give away’ or ‘make room’) It is the dance of the godhead. … Continue reading

N is for Neoplatonism

N is for Neoplatonism

In the same way that Empire influences and underlies nearly every thing in the Bible – and yet many do not know about it – Aristotelian thought, Platonism, and neo-Platonism saturate early church history and thus the inherited tradition. I had also suggested (in Liberation & Logos) that all theology has philosophical underpinnings – whether … Continue reading

M is for Metaphor

M is for Metaphor

Today we explore two words that appear at opposite ends of the language/reality spectrum but in fact have a great deal to do with each other and inform each other mutually. Before we dive into metaphor, there are two words that are needed in our theological tool-belt. Univocal and Equivocal are important 2nd tier vocabulary … Continue reading