God is Love?

“God is love.” This is one of the most important things Christians say about God. And, it is one of the most abused. The problem with saying “God is love” is twofold. First, we assume that we know what love means already, so the phrase becomes a bit of a mirror rather than an insight […]

Post-Doc in Durham

In the other Durham (not the one that’s one of the three greatest cities in the U.S.) there is a fantastic three-year post-doctoral research opportunity for NT and early Christianity types. Post Doctoral Researcher “The Fourfold Gospel and its Rivals” Durham University – Department of Theology and Religion Salary (£) 23811 – 29249 University of […]

What is Narrative Theology?

A commenter on my previous post about Narrative Theology referenced Joel Green’s article, “Narrative Theology,” in the Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible. That article nicely encapsulates the much of the positive vision for narrative theology I’ve been fumbling for here over the past week: Yahweh’s purpose thus determines the shape of this narrative […]

Job and Jefferson Airplane

Over at Reel Spirituality, Part 2 of my work on the Wisdom Literature in Coen Brothers films is up. This time, the topic is the reflection of Job in A Serious Man. If True Grit embodies Proverbs’ economy of just recompense, A Serious Man provides us with a modern-day Job story: the economy of Proverbs […]

On Christ and Shadows

How, exactly, might a Lenten practice “shadow” the Christ who is its substance? This question come from a reader, who was tracking with my “Shadowing Christ at Lent” post, but wanted to drill down a bit into how to think through the Christological implications of a practice of fasting. It seems that all the rage […]

Luther’s Insults

You moderate enforcer and eulogizer of moderation. You are one of those bloody and deceitful people who affect modesty in words and appearance, but who meanwhile breathe out threats and blood. (Luther, “Against Latomus,” Luther’s Works, 32, p. 142) That is how I was insulted by Luther today. Indeed, there is a seemingly endless supply […]