Category: Theology


Pulpit Authority

Would you take your car to a mechanic who was not knowledgeable about the basic parts of an automobile? Would you visit a doctor a second or third time if they told you that they were “not an expert” in medicine? […]


On Fear and Love

“Perfect love casts out fear.” “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.” “Take courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.” There was a point in my life – not long […]


Presence and Being Human—A Review of Last Days of the Desert

“Father, where are you?” he asks. Wind howls, sand bites his skin. His hair tangles in a thorn bush, an eerie foreshadowing of things to come. The skies remain silent, and the dusty desert gives more of a response than the […]


Faith is Fidelity, but It’s Not JUST Fidelity

When I went through a faith upheaval a couple of years ago, one of the concepts that helped me retain my willingness to remain a Christian was a redefinition of what it means to have ‘faith’ in something. Prior to this, […]

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Making Culture by Doing Good

Christians and Culture Humans are cultural beings. Throughout history, humans have excelled at making and changing the tapestry of their cultures. Cultures are dynamic and constantly shifting with the changing of authorities – not only shifting governmental authorities, but also shifting […]


A Problem with Evolution

In previous posts, I have indicated that I accept the scientific fact of evolution, and that I don’t think this necessarily precludes orthodox Christian faith. I think there are other ways to read the creation accounts in Genesis than literally, because […]

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On the Apocalypse and Death Anxiety

Last week, Elaine and I watched a movie called Take Shelter, which has been roiling in my mind since we saw it. The plot follows a father and husband named Curtis who, from the beginning of the film, has increasingly ominous […]


On Communion with Community

Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of helping serve and talk through Communion with our small group that we attend weekly. I am by no means a preacher (actually, I’m really bad at it… just ask my former Biblical Preaching […]


On Coffee and Ritual

I am something of a coffee snob. Not in the “I’ll only drink Starbucks” sort of way – oh no. More like an “I look down my nose on anyone who might think Starbucks is good coffee” sort of way. Anytime […]


Review of ‘George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father’

 Thomas S. Kidd, George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father (New Haven, CT: Yale, 2014). Hardcover / Kindle George Whitefield is not well known by Americans today, including American evangelical Christians, his spiritual heirs. In the eighteenth century, however, Whitefield was well known not only in America, […]


On the Atonement: Violence and Grace

This is my final post in my atonement series. Previously, we discussed how humans are bound, both systemically and individually, and how Jesus’ death and resurrection saves us on both levels. *** Why is this important? Why should we care about […]


On the Atonement: Christus Victor (Over Death Anxiety)

Yesterday’s post discussed Jesus’ role in saving us systemically from our inherent tendency to scapegoat and victimize others. In today’s post, we are address how Jesus saves us individually. *** Remember, Beck’s argument about the human predicament is that we are enslaved, or […]