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Creed or Chaos by Dorothy L. Sayers

I’m still paging through Creed or Chaos (1948) when free time presents itself. Sayers has left us with an incredible little treatise on the importance of Christian doctrine. Here’s just one of many thought provoking excerpts: Read More »

Novelist, Playwright, and Theologian Dorothy Sayers

I was just introduced - for the very first time - to novelist, playwright, and theologian Dorothy Sayers. Dorothy writes, in a collection of essays cumulatively titled Creed or Chaos? Why Christians Must Choose Either Dogma or Disaster (Or, Why It Really Does Matter What You Believe), the following assessment of the current situation in the Church (the really amazing thing is, that Sayers actually penned this in the 1940s): Read More »

God’s Voice in The Shack

“I am what some would say ‘holy, and wholly other than you.’ The problem is that many folks try to grasp some sense of who I am by taking the best version of themselves, projecting that to the nth degree, factoring in all the goodness they can perceive, which often isn’t much, and then call that God. And while it may seem like a noble effort, the truth is that it falls pitifully short of who I really am. I’m not merely the best version of you that you can think of. I am far more than that, above and beyond all that you can ask or think.”
God, The Shack

Things Fall Apart: Sin, Redemption, and Free Will

Humanity was created perfect and in the very image of God, according to the Biblical story. Humanity, however, chose to separate itself from God by succumbing to the temptation to become its own God. Our embrace of this temptation led to a cataclysmic break in our original relationship with God. We are constantly tempted by Satan to crumple and discard our trust and dependence upon God and instead rely upon our own self-effort and humanistic delusions of a divine-like grandeur. Satan persistently lures us into believing we are capable of becoming our own God. Jesus was not exempt from Satan’s chess game. Jesus was sorely tempted in the wilderness just as Adam was tempted in the Garden. The temptation was eerily similar in both cases. Satan’s goal, in both cases, was to convince his targets that they could in fact be their own God. Adam succumbed to this temptation and the world was changed; Jesus held tight to God and defeated Satan and the temptation. The world was changed again. Humanity, in Adam, failed; Jesus set things right. Humanity, in Christ Jesus, has salvation; just as in Adam we have Sin. Read More »

Hauerwas on the End of Religious Pluralism

Stanley Hauerwas video and audio lecture: The End of Religious Pluralism.

What’s Your Theological World View

What’s your theological world view? I took the quiz and scored the following: Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 79%; Neo Orthodox 68%; Charismatic/Pentecostal 64%; Emergent/Postmodern 50%; Reformed Evangelical 39%; Classical Liberal 39%; Roman Catholic 36%; Fundamentalist 25%; Modern Liberal 21%. I’m glad I scored pretty low on Fundamentalism and Modern Liberal scales. TIFWIW.

What Difference does Theological Thinking Make?

I recently stumbled upon and purchased a very, very interesting read: Theology That Matters: Ecology, Economy, and God, Edited by Darby Kathleen Ray. The book is constructed upon a very important question: “What difference does theological thinking make?” Theology does sometimes seem totally irrelevant, as far as the big and immediate picture that is life and living are concerned. Theologians tend to spend much time and energy on insider jargon, ecclesiastics, and apologetic-based arguments designed to meet the needs of an insatiable academy and its spiritual-sounding but extremely individualized ritual of cognitive calisthenics. Read More »

Listening to Theology by Sinead O’Connor

Will Conservative American Christian retail outlets stock their shelves with Sinead O’Connor’s Theology? Probably, not. Read More »

Views on Homosexuality by LT Johnson and Tushnet

Luke Timothy Johnson and Eve Tushnet’s views re: homosexuality are articulated so powerfully in a June 15th Commonweal article titled Homosexuality & the Church: Two Views (Volume CXXXIV, Number 12). Read More »

On Joining Community: Unity, Duty and Fellowship

I just finished working on a doc for Inner Metro Green re: joining. The doc is titled “One Body Built upon Christian Unity, Christian Duty, and Christian Fellowship: On Joining Christian Community.” Basically, it is a call to take seriously three unique aspects of Christian community, before one actually joins the community. Said another way, one should know full well what he or she is getting into before he or she actually jumps into it! In our case, we are intentionally focusing on Unity, Duty and Fellowship. The following excerpt is directed toward fellowship. Read More »