If Everything is God’s Plan, Then Nothing Is

March 6, 2013


I’ve been doing some personal and theological “reverse engineering” lately. It goes a little something like this: I see signs pointing in one direction. Could it be that hand of God moving in my life? A possibility opens before me and, could it be, God is opening a door? I am normally hesitant to make any such claims […]

Posted in: Prayer, Theology

Don’t Pay for a Disembodied Gospel

February 15, 2013


Working for a not-for-profit organization, there is a lot of talk around the office about how “young people” (whatever that means) don’t give money to churches or charities. If they do, it will only be to organizations that provide people with food, water, or mosquito nets. The common refrain is that “people under forty don’t care about […]

Nothing Special, Simply Amazing

February 8, 2013


I’m tired of listening to NPR. On my morning commute I only ever catch the news, which follows this formula: (terrible event) + (responses of jaded politicians) + (“it’s not that simple” + complicating factor) = there is absolutely nothing that you, the listener can do to help this situation I don’t get any of […]

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Getting Theology Right

January 22, 2013


The most important current social discussions is the issue of biblical interpretation. What is the Bible? How is it to be read? Who does it speak to? And who gets to speak to it? These are all questions whose answers are lurking below the surface of most of our ethical and social debates. They are […]

Posted in: Theology

Seasons of the Christian Life

November 14, 2012


I am more affected by the world around me than I once thought. I used to think that my decisions, outlook, and beliefs were determined in the rational space of my mind. But as the weather gets colder, the sun shines less, and as there are less and less seasonal fruits and vegetables available, I […]

Posted in: Patience

Who I’m Voting For, and Why

October 23, 2012


I love democracy in action. It’s messy and frustrating and gets ugly, but it is also transcendent. I know that politicians are self-serving or corporation-serving or servants of some unseen conspiracy. I know they often don’t have the influence which we ascribe them, but they do have influence in ways we don’t always see. There […]

Posted in: Ethical Choices

What do you think of these blogs?

October 11, 2012


I am in the middle of teaching a class at Western Theological Seminary called “Writing Outside the Sermon: Devotionals, Blogs, and Articles.” As part of the class each student needed to start a blog (or use an existing blog). Since blogging is meant to be a social thing, I thought I would list all the […]

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