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

L is for Liberation (and Logos)

L is for Liberation (and Logos)

Two concepts that anybody doing theology in the 21st century must know are Liberation and Logos. They play into so much of what we do in the theological endeavor. Liberation Theology: This term most often refers to a theological movement developed in the late 1960s in Latin America (where it continues to hold prominence). In … Continue reading

K is for Kenosis (and the Kingdom)

K is for Kenosis (and the Kingdom)

Kenosis is one of those Greek words in the New Testament that I wish went untranslated in English. It is a special and mysterious word that would be great just left as it was and put in italics by Bible translators. I have a list of words that I wish remained in Greek. Words like … Continue reading

J is for Justification

J is for Justification

The word Justification in English has the same convenient memory device as atonement did. Many use the Just-as-if to remember ‘it is just as if I never sinned’. Here is how our pocket dictionary defines it: Justification, justification by faith: A forensic (legal) term related to the idea of acquittal, justification refers to the divine … Continue reading

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