Protestants, Catholics, Communion–oh my! (Happy Corpus Christi!)


Today is a Christian Holy Day called "Corpus Christi" (Latin for "the body of Christ"). Today we meditate on the mystery of Communion/Eucharist/The Lord's Supper. I've mentioned some of my Communion views before and what I articulated is a synthesis and summary of the ideas of many theologians, both Protestant and Catholic. And so today, I … Continue reading Protestants, Catholics, Communion–oh my! (Happy Corpus Christi!)

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Churches & Theological Growth (on 1 Cor. 1)


“For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who … Continue reading Churches & Theological Growth (on 1 Cor. 1)

Jung, Whitman, & Aquinas Walk into a Bar – Thoughts on Divine Suffering [GUEST POST]


As I've been outlining a Male Feminist Theology, I have said there is an aspect of Suffering-Unto Life in the very nature of God. This started some conversation on Facebook. Today, along this vein, we have a guest post by one of my dearest friends (and blog contributor), Austin Ricketts.  Years ago, he wrote in favor of … Continue reading Jung, Whitman, & Aquinas Walk into a Bar – Thoughts on Divine Suffering [GUEST POST]

Crazy thought of the day: God Died. [QUOTE]


"The task of witnessing to the gospel is to vitalize the astonishing fact of the gospel. The message "the Son of God has died" is indeed most astonishing.... God has died! If this does not startle us, what will? The church must keep this astonishment alive. The church ceases to exist when she loses this astonishment. … Continue reading Crazy thought of the day: God Died. [QUOTE]

The Church: Being in Becoming (a Sunday pre-game)


For my Gospel, Culture, and Church course this past week, we had to read the opening chapter of this book on the Church as mission, rather than seeing the Church as something that does mission. We also had to read some mind-blowing pages from Hans Kung's epic work The Church. It got me thinking a lot about … Continue reading The Church: Being in Becoming (a Sunday pre-game)

A Brief History of Secular Discernment & Decision-Making


This is a post in our series on the Christian Practice of Discernment.  Struggles around decision-making have existed ever since humans first had a sense that their lives had some sort of telos or purpose. Eventually, humans came to an understanding that each decision directly bears on the events and “story” that will come after it. And … Continue reading A Brief History of Secular Discernment & Decision-Making

Discernment: Making Decisions Christianly & Why It Matters


More so than other practices, Discernment is not something we try to do to enrich our lives or draw closer to God. Rather, it is a basic function of our storied existence, driven by our own internal narratives. Because of this, we necessarily find ourselves in positions where decisions great and small need to be … Continue reading Discernment: Making Decisions Christianly & Why It Matters

“Simplistic Atheism: a final response” by Daniel Bastian [GUEST POST]


(Note: These exchanges are now complete. There is a Table of Contents to the discussion now available.) Well, it seems that we were not in fact done with this little series. After my final post, Daniel chose to take me up on my offer to have the final word (as I normally try to do in exchanges … Continue reading “Simplistic Atheism: a final response” by Daniel Bastian [GUEST POST]

A Christian & An Atheist: A Discussion [a table of contents]


I had the privilege over the past couple of weeks of engaging in a spirited back-and-forth with a good friend of mine, Daniel Bastian. Unfortunately, in the speed with which this exchange occurred, I know it was hard for people to keep track of the writings, the arguments, and the comments. And so, I'm writing … Continue reading A Christian & An Atheist: A Discussion [a table of contents]

Simplistic Atheism {4}: What could make me an Atheist?


(Note: These exchanges are now complete. There is a Table of Contents to the discussion now available.) In this series of exchanges with my friend Daniel, I've tried to argue that his Facebook post on why he is an Atheist expressed an overall view of the world that is too small and too simplistic. I think … Continue reading Simplistic Atheism {4}: What could make me an Atheist?

“The Cocoon of Unfalsifiability” by Daniel Bastian [GUEST POST]


(Note: These exchanges are now complete. There is a Table of Contents to the discussion now available.) Paul, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your most recent piece. It's the best one yet in the series. You actually (finally) lay down some things we can really sink our teeth into. Something tells me you should have started with … Continue reading “The Cocoon of Unfalsifiability” by Daniel Bastian [GUEST POST]

Simplistic Atheism {1}: a Reason & Spirituality that’s too small


(Note: These exchanges are now complete. There is a Table of Contents to the discussion now available.) Last week a friend of mine named Daniel Bastian posted a well thought-out catalog of the reasons why he is an Atheist (let me know if the link doesn't work). This list includes items that don't usually pop up … Continue reading Simplistic Atheism {1}: a Reason & Spirituality that’s too small