God is like Jesus

This changes everything we thought we knew about God, how we relate to God and to one another.

The Place of Creeds and the Ongoing Task of Christian Theology

Moving Beyond Fence-Building to a More Open and Contextualized Approach to Theological Construction

Theology is a matter of emphasis. Though from the surface this may appear rather abstract, the history of theology seems to authenticate this claim, for every significant theological position has shared this element of emphasis. From the various creedal formulations within Christianity, to the more modern articulations of the 20th century, i.e., Bonhoeffer’s religionless Christianity, […]


Jesus – Son of a Carpenter

Seeing Beyond the Mess of What Is To What Can Be

For much of his adult life my father was a carpenter by trade. I never really cared much for carpentry myself, but what always amazed me about my dad was his ability to see the completion of a project long before it even began. In his minds-eye, my father has the ability to see beyond […]


Learning to Embrace the Humanity of the Bible

Understanding the Bible as an Example of God Using the Finitude of Human Language as Symbols of Communication

Many Christians hold to a doctrine of scripture that sees only the divine side of the documents, while significantly downplaying the human dimension. Others believe they were divinely dictated, leaving the writers to simply record what they were verbally given. However, I believe the latter view dehumanizes the bible. It doesn’t take seriously the cultural, linguistic, […]


Enemies of Grace

How a False Conception of God as an Angry Judge Creates People Who Judge Themselves and Others

What if I stumble? What if I fall? What if I lose my step and I make fools of us all? Will the love continue when the walk becomes a crawl? What if I stumble? What if I fall? These lyrics from the song What if I Stumble? by DC Talk echo questions we all at one time […]


The Return of Christ Revisited

Will We Leave the Earth or Participate in its Renewal?

The trumpet sound that will herald the return of Christ will not initiate our leaving the earth, but will signal God coming to finish what he started upon the earth. Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 that Jesus’ followers will go out to meet him in the air at his return. Many understand this passage to mean that […]

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Following Jesus is Not About the Verses

On Finding Our Story Within God's Story

Following Jesus is less about a verse by verse detailed map that we’ve grown accustomed to, and more about following an overarching ethos, style, mood and way of following Jesus that pays attention to the verses, but ultimately seeks the heart of Jesus within them. For longer than I care to admit, my way of […]


On Adopting a Posture of the Cross

Jesus, Enemy-Love and the Implications for Everyday Life

For longer than I care to admit, I’ve approached the cross of Jesus more for theological reasons than anything else. As a result, my primary motivation in reading and studying Jesus’ crucifixion had less to do with transformation and more to do with gathering information I could use to formulate a theological position. Questions that […]


Blinded by Expectations

When Our Picture of Jesus Meets the Real Thing

Throughout the Gospel accounts to the first chapter of Acts, we are confronted with story after story highlighting the dilemma that erupted when cultural expectations surrounding the Messianic identity of Jesus met with the real thing. The vast majority of people living in Israel at the time of Jesus’ arrival would have believed the primary […]