We need to talk about sex. But what I have to say might be unpredictable. It would probably result in my being relieved of duties from about fifty percent of churches worldwide, and my being ignored in another twenty-five percent. But those who would hear it should hear it.
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
‘It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.’ — Ecclesiastes 7:18 As we close out American Independence Day and its weekend, I started reflecting once again about the worth of identity, action, and purpose. Surely being part of a nation rouses these… Continue reading Naming The Middle
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.
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.
Lord, have mercy: This is going to be very controversial.
Man, I love them Orthodox peeps. From the beginning of our Faith, as more and more people starting reading the Scriptures, more and more people had to become accustomed to them, and some hardly knew how to do that. Theologians and scholars (mostly bishops and priests) tried to examine the text not only to see… Continue reading Growing Orthodox Roots
I like the idea. What say you? –Michael+
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.
God’s intended relationship between all believers is like a tapestry, or a prayer shawl: every thread keeps its color and length, but still it must be flexible to interweave with the others.
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.
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.