We want to believe, says Peter Rollins. It’s natural. We want to know that someone is watching. We want to know that things beyond our control will get better. We need to hope for a brighter future. And, he says, this is just the problem. In his book, Insurrection, Rollins makes the case that our […]
The reading plan for reading through the Dogmatics has been updated on my Karl Barth Reading page. The plan for year 2 entails 35ish pages per week, with breaks sprinkled throughout. Word on the street is that you can pick up the Dogmatics and jump in anywhere. So if you began last year with good […]
Is Christianity just about my personal relationship with God? Is that what Paul thought? Read more about Christianity as Community in this free sample chapter. The full book, of course, is for the having at Amazon, et al.
The first advent season, we must imagine, was longer than four weeks. Probably, the season of waiting for Joseph was more like four months, or five. How long would it take before Mary knew she was pregnant? How long before Joseph was told–or noticed? The first Advent was the waiting-out of a pregnancy. Waiting for […]
When you think of Paul, what, or who, do you think of? Some thoughts on various Pauls that need deconstructing, and what might go in the place: Get the full story here!
Why write a book on Paul for Jesus people? Here’s the quick and dirty:
Matthew begins his narrative with quite the gripping tale. If it takes well-meaning, would-be readers of the Old Testament several weeks before they get mired in seemingly jumbled laws and endless genealogies, it takes their New Testament counterparts all of ten seconds. Jesus is the son of David, the son of Abraham–and we get 20+ […]
If there’s one thing that everyone seems to agree about, it’s that ethics are rooted in love. At a party this weekend at my parents’ house, I had a chance to talk with a man who is a self-described “seeker.” He loves to study religions, all religions. He loves Eastern and Western. He has seen […]
For all the ways that our country has moved toward separating church and state, one of the remaining points at which the two are bound is marriage. Churches marry people in the name of the state. They are therefore bound to marry only those whom the state approves to be married. This, of course, has […]
In John 6, Jesus feeds the 5,000. In the wilderness. What could this possibly mean? The people seem to know: When the people saw that he had done a miraculous sign, they said, “This is truly the prophet who is coming into the world” (John 6:14, CEB). “The prophet,” the prophet promised in Deut 18:15: […]