Posted in October 2011

Reading Revelation Better (part 1)

A month ago I threw out some ideas about Reading the Bible Better. I loved the comments and questions that it generated. It led to a short discussion about the book of Revelation – which is one of my favorite topics. I had to take some time off for the Soularize conference and some other … Continue reading

4 best blogs of the last 2 weeks

I was at Soularize for a week and have been playing catch up this week. Here are the 4 best blog posts I read while I was away: Julie Clawson on the end of Soularize and the future of the emergent conversation Bruce Epperly (who I interviewed here) on why the progressive church needs process … Continue reading

The cancer of criticism

The cancer of criticism

In various forms, I have heard the following concern expressed: does being a part of a system take away the possibility of bringing a substantial critique? Can one gain the needed perspective to level a valid critique on the program as a whole if one is a participant?  Is it possible to escape ones location … Continue reading

Is God a Rock?

Is God a Rock?

part 2 In the last post I asked if the Bible was ‘man’ made. Now, I want to ask if God is a Rock. If you say ‘No’, then someone will point to one of the many passages like Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my … Continue reading

Is the Bible man made? No.

Is the Bible man made? No.

part 1 Before we talk more about the book of Revelation, I wanted to ask a preliminary question: Is the Bible man made? Now, the simple answer is no. It is not. As people of faith we believe that the Bible is inspired by God and was written by its authors under the guidance (lead) … Continue reading

talking about the Bible [links]

I have really enjoyed the recent conversations about Reading the Bible better and the book of Revelation. I will pick up on those themes tomorrow and Thursday. Until then, I wanted to point to one of my favorite blogs with professor of Bible J. Daniel Kirk. He has been reviewing a new book about the … Continue reading

The difference between Mercy and Justice

for Columbus Day Last week this quote was tweeted by Greg_Boyd: “You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the…distance of miles, there is complicity.” R.W.Emerson I also found this quote from Desmond Tutu: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If … Continue reading

The Status Quo has got to Go!

written for Homebrewed A few weeks ago Joerg Rieger (on Homebrewed Christianity) cautioned about a type of Christianity that was a cheerleader for the system, that reinforced the status quo, and participated in society in way that strengthened Empire. I have said before I come from a background where this type of thinking is not … Continue reading

the Theological transition

originally posted at Homebrewed In the book “Who Needs Theology?” Grenz and Olson provide a helpful little spectrum of 5 kinds of theology: Folk, Lay, Pastoral, Professional, and Academic.  I have pastored for over 15 years and have always considered myself a Pastoral Theologian. Over the last 5 years I have been transitioning toward more … Continue reading