When looking through old seminary research, I ran across some quotes I pulled out from Karl Barth, my favorite theologian (hands down), and got to soak in the beauty of his words. I wanted to share them. Now, for people that don't read academic theology, this is it. It's circular, it repeats itself, and it's unnecessarily complicated … Continue reading Karl Barth: Our Freedom, Home, & God’s Directing [QUOTES]
Inspired by last month's Theology Book Club, I want to spend some time on the blog reflecting on baptism. Today, I want to tell you the story of how I changed my views on baptism to be in favor of baptizing babies. I was raised a good Bible Belt Southern Baptist. I was so immersed … Continue reading Baptizing Babies: Re-Creation & Changing My Mind
UPDATE: I've finished this little blog series. We talked about a book, the history, and T-U-L-I-P. Enjoy! This month, our Theology Book Club is going through Richard Mouw's remarkable book Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport, in which he articulates a vision for how Calvinists might understand and hold their doctrinal convictions. But first, what is this … Continue reading Calvinism: What it Is, and Why it’s Crazy
During my tenure as a coordinator of Christian education, I heard a lot from people about their hunger to know the Bible, so I hired professors from a nearby seminary and offered regular courses on the Old and New Testaments. People told me the descriptions sounded like just what they needed, but that was usually … Continue reading Do “Meaty” Churches & Sermons “Feed Us” Where We Hunger?
As I prepare for ordination in the Reformed Church in America, I am wrestling with the documents, Creeds, and Confessions to which I will be committing myself. I invite you to reflect alongside me. In the Belgic Confession, one of the most foundational documents of the Reformed tradition, there is an incredibly odd Article towards the end--number 36. It is about … Continue reading The Belgic Confession: Church, State, & Reformation
My go-to Bible Study software of Logos. They have some amazing sales every once and a while and right now they are having a great sale on the New International Commentary Series (popularly known as NICOT and NICNT). They are selling each volume at $19.99 a pop, which is amazing. I am really picky about … Continue reading Bible Nerds: Help Me Choose NICOT/NICNT Commentaries!
Yes, I graduated from seminary, and yet I still have a couple more classes I'm finishing up. One of them is going through the documents, Creeds, Confessions that define the theology of my denomination, the Reformed Church in America. I'm having to write a bunch of reflections on differents aspects of these writings, and I … Continue reading Developing Ancient Creeds & The Trinity
After going to seminary nearly 8 years ago, dropping out after a year, and then returning 5 years later, I have now graduated with my Masters of Divinity from the Newbigin House of Studies program at Western Theological Seminary. (Sorry for all those links.) I was also proud and humbled to have been voted by the … Continue reading Who has a brand new Masters of Divinity degree? This guy.
Saint Teresa of Avila was a 16th-century mystic and Carmelite nun who traveled around teaching and writing mystical treatises on the interior life of maturing Christian spirituality and contemplative practices. (Here's a great intro on her life.) To read her writings and to read about her life is one of the most powerful testimonies to … Continue reading St Teresa & A Woman’s Longing to Preach
We have but to get quiet, recollect our thoughts, wait for the mild excitement within us to subside, and then listen closely for the faint cry of desire. Ask your heart, "What would you rather have than anything else in the world?" Reject the conventional answer. Insist on the true one, and when you have … Continue reading Contemplative Thought for the Day (from A.W. Tozer)
I am back from Israel-Palestine, but the effects of this trip are still lingering with me, both emotionally and spiritually (and physically). I still want to share this trip with all of you. My time in this land will be popping up in many thoughts, reflections (and pictures) from here on out on this blog, … Continue reading Israel, Day 3: A Roman Siege, the Northern Kingdom, & Hanging Out in Syria
So... things have been crazy enough that I have not been able to regularly update this blog like I would have liked to. Tomorrow is our last day making visits in Israel, and then we fly back on Saturday, so any more updates from me are unlikely. But (somehow), one of my friends on this … Continue reading For Israel-Palestine trip updates, read this…
Both wifi and wakefulness are hard to come by on this trip. My body is still trying to get used to being 7 hours off. Anyway, my biggest lesson on this day was a small, but profound one: I'm having to repaint the mental images of the entire BIble in my mind. Israel is in … Continue reading Israel, Day 2: Christian Pilgrims, Jesus’ Home, and…I’m on a boat!
A couple of days ago, I kissed Philadelphia goodbye, boarded a plane, and began the nearly 24-hour process of traveling to the Middle East for a two-week long trip to Israel and Palestine. Today was Day 1 (I’m 7 hours ahead, so while I’m about to go to bed, most of my readers are probably getting … Continue reading My Pilgrimage to Israel & Palestine: Day 1
This post is part of our on-going series about Male Feminist Theology. When we last met, I tried to lay out a theology of the Bible that makes sense when we take into account the experiences of women--an experience that is marginalized, embodied, and connected to the earth itself. When you do that, you realize that … Continue reading A Male Feminist Wrestles with the Bible (come watch!)