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, […]


Learning to Walk in the Darkness with Jesus

Letting Go of the Message of Avoidance to Capture Jesus' Message of Embrace

The idea of removing oneself from the darkness and pain of the world was never a life Jesus entertained. Instead, over and over again in the Gospel accounts we see a Jesus who intentionally immersed himself within the darkness of the world around him and sought to bring the light of God’s love into the […]

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Isolation or Insulation? Christian Witness Re-Visited

In Christian circles, we often hear a plethora of messages pertaining to the apparent danger of having relationships with those outside the realm of the “faith.” We are told to be watchful of worldly contamination and that such relationships can and will help to facilitate this deadly defilement. As a result, knowingly or unknowingly, intentionally […]

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A Conversation with Leonard Sweet on the Future of the Church

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A Few of my Favorite Quotes From the Interview “Jesus is already in our future and he is inviting us to join him in what he’s already doing there.” “You grow a soul from the sound up.” “There is no artist in history that has painted Jesus singing.” “There is only one singularity that matters […]

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 […]


When I See the Cross…

“For God so loved the entire created order that he gave is one and only Son. For God did not send his Son into the created order to condemn it, but that the created order through Him might be renewed and transformed.” – John 3:16, 17 When I see the cross I see… Myself in Judas […]


The Church of Me, Myself and I

We know that contemporary Christian faith is being largely defined as a private and personal affair when, in the name of setting a mood and atmosphere for worship, we make our gathering places so dark that we can barely see those sitting next to us, let alone those on the other side of the room, all in the […]


Not Everything in the Bible is Biblical

The Bible does not provide a prescription or formula for something that, when applied, will guarantee success, happiness, and prosperity. The Bible was never intended to be read, interpreted and applied in these flat ways. In fact, there’s a lot more going on inside the stories of this sacred book than a formulaic reading will […]


Why Do Bad Things Happen Even After We Pray?

I’ll begin by asking this question –  what kind of world did God choose to create? While a number of models have been proposed in response to this question, many of which deserve attention, I’ll briefly outline two of the most popular viewpoints – those that exist on opposite ends of the spectrum. Determinism Model […]