Life Lesson: Christian Discipleship is Not About Being Smart

Here are two things I’ve come to learn over the past 20 years – 1) Christian discipleship is not about being smart. 2) Two degrees in Christian theology isn’t a one-way ticket to Christlikeness. I realize I may have raised the eyebrows of many of my friends who currently work in Christian academia, but please […]

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Church Symbols and Stop Signs: We Need Both

In Eugene Peterson’s book, The Pastor, he highlighted the various stages that went into the construction process of their first church building. For instance, he described how much thought went into the placement of the pulpit, at the center of the building, with the seats all around, emphasizing the centered place that scripture should have […]

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Stuff Jesus Didn’t Say – #2 ‘I don’t get mad, I get even’

Have you ever been wronged? I’m confident that most, if not all of you, would say yes. For those who have, Jesus provides us with a quick and decisive response. “Love your enemies” In Matthew’s account of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (5:43), he chose to frame this portion of teaching by using tradition as […]

God as Master Storyteller and Finding our Place within the Divine Drama

‘We know where God is, we do not know where he is not.’ What a liberating and informing statement about God’s nature and activity in the world. And yet, so many have interpreted this presence in abstract ways, detaching God from his creation and defining him in ways that do not correspond to the story […]

Toward the Other: Thoughts from Brian McLaren on Rethinking and Reframing the Christian Response to the Religious Other

The subject of inter-religious and non-religious dialogue normally conjures up images of battle, debate and intense forms of argumentation. Even for those who claim to represent Christianity, hostility, rather than hospitality, usually describes our method of persuasion. In this video from Brian McLaren, he asks a number of important questions about how we normally conduct […]

‘Viral’ by Leonard Sweet – Chaps. 10-11 – Apples and Oranges

Chapters 10 and 11 in Len Sweet’s book Viral ultimately addresses the differences between how Gutenbergers and Googlers approach life. By using the symbols of an orange (Gutenberg) and apple (Googler), he lays out the primary and central ways in which each group sees and lives in the world. And, the differences are significant and […]

Book Review – The Nature of Love: A Theology by Thomas Jay Oord

Thomas Jay Oord.  The Nature of Love: A Theology.  St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2010. Overview: The statement “God is love” is as close as scripture comes to defining the nature and character of the Triune God.  If such is true, then why is it that “many theologians write their formal theologies with love as an […]