False Atonement: Modern Dichotomy and The Postmodern Christian

While postmodernism is a ground-shaker, and many have taken to it rather…slowly…for good reasons, there’s one highly disagreeable reason, and that is the desire to hold onto false dichotomies. Pop quiz!   Postmodernism, as a rule, deconstructs things in order to their root assumptions. One misunderstanding about postmodernism is that reconstructing things is not an… Continue reading False Atonement: Modern Dichotomy and The Postmodern Christian

Brian McLaren on “Reasonable Doubts”

I was invited to listen to Brian McLaren, emerging church forefather (I guess you could say) on a show called “Reasonable Doubts.” The show is basically an intellectual, agnostic show, attempting to reason out issues in religion that people don’t usually realize. In other words, it’s the Skeptic Station. Frankly, I liked the show for their honesty in questions. And I still have some questions, yes.

Sanctifying N.T. Wright

God has me in 2 Timothy at the time that I am writing this. It’s a letter centered in “grace, mercy and peace from God” (1:2). I’ve learned quite a bit about God’s nature, our identity, the residing Holy Spirit, suffering, and the importance of faithfulness. It’s helped me tremendously to grow in my own suffering, and the purpose I should see behind that.

One thing I didn’t expect was to learn how Tom Wright’s position on “justification” makes sense. And how it doesn’t. At the same time.

Steps Towards a “Both-And” Theology

You don’t have to stretch or squeeze into one of only two positions within Christian orthodoxy, based on whether it’s easier for you to stretch or squeeze. You fit where you fit, and God is very much in favor of a healthy, all-encompassing life, as well as making sure you can continue on the journey towards fulfillment in Christ. Not to mention the fact that he doesn’t really play our games of “limiting” him or “defining” him beyond what he himself reveals.

An Honest Bishop

Right authority always holds the right kind of influence. And that right kind of influence, to many outside the church, is rare. When you see right authority, you tend to know it, don’t you? … If you’re unaware of N.T. Wright, let this be your first invitation to consider him, because he is one whom I believe has that “just-know-it” authority.

How and Why Creation Care is Fitting for The Church.

Creation Care is about acting as one in a faithful community, to restore God’s creation from the brokenness that our own wrongs have caused. The greatness about this is that God already enables and empowers us because we identify with Jesus. So we don’t have to worry about how often we fail, when we really identify with Jesus. And we don’t have to be intimidated by the enormity of restoring creation as much as possible, because we identify with Jesus. Jesus is our comfort, our strength, our joy, our empowerment, our freedom, our restoration.