Atonement and Adiaphora

Atonement and Adiaphora

Today we begin a Summer Series on the A B C’s of Theology. Atonement is one of those rare words that actually works in English: people often utilize the at-one-ment memory device. At its most basic, atonement simply means the re-pair of something that was broken or separated. Specifically here, we are saying that something … Continue reading

The A B C’s of Theology: a new series

The A B C’s of Theology: a new series

Family needs and school matters forced me to take a break from blogging for the past several months. I have missed the conversations. My Summer language intensive is almost done and I will be returning to the blog this Friday. I am also aware that we have picked up a lot of new readers this … Continue reading

Modern Christianity’s Temptation (2/3)

Modern Christianity’s Temptation (2/3)

In light of the massive shifts in culture, understanding and expectation that the last 300 years has seen, there seem to be three great temptations for the devout. Last post we talked about the problems that Modernity brought to Christianity’s doorstep in the West. Science had moved into the driver’s seat and was none too kind … Continue reading

Modern Christianity’s Problem (1/3)

Modern Christianity’s Problem (1/3)

For Lent this year I did an interesting experiment. I did not give up anything but instead added an exercise as a discipline. My goal was to engage both the earliest days of the church’s past and stretch myself to imagine the church’s future. I did this by engaging two things: I downloaded a lecture … Continue reading

Concerns About ‘The’ Cross

Concerns About ‘The’ Cross

I have received lots of feedback via email, FaceBook and text on Blood: Easter, the Cross and that quote about Liberals.  It seems that most people get the main thrust of the article but have one doubt/hesitation they can’t shake/make sense of. I was asked to write a response at a non-grad school level (which I … Continue reading

How We Imagine Ourselves: Technology

How We Imagine Ourselves: Technology

I am fascinated by how we both image ourselves and imagine ourselves. The connection between them is significant and the implications are even more so. In March I wrote about how conceptions of a ‘people’ and a ‘nation’ have come through historic transitions in the past 2 centuries. More recent authors extend that concern beyond just … Continue reading

Drop ‘The’

Drop ‘The’

Twice is a trend, three is a pattern.  The word ‘the’ has become a stumbling block. The first incident occurred on TNT when I spoke up about my friendship with ‘Al’ – as in incarnational, etc. – and Tripp professed his love for the word ‘the’. Tripp wants to talk about the incarnation and the … Continue reading