The World in Miniature

The ancients understood something about the world that we, too often, don’t. They understood that the patterns of being and interacting in each sphere of the world were establishing ways of being and interacting that affected the others. When Aristotle wanted to make hay about politics, he started with the most basic political unit: families. […]

Who Am I?

As a Christian, who am I? As Christians, who are we? Lots of different answers are given to this one, many of which we don’t speak out loud, but simple assume. Other answers are spoken out loud, at times, but perhaps they do not seep in deeply enough to come to the point of “unspoken […]

Empire and Cross

I’m playing catch up with my podcasts these days, so I just now came across “Nerd Out: Leaving Church, Packing Heat, and Metaphysical Violence” in my Homebrewed Christianity Queue. The discussion of peace and metaphysics was rich and challenging. Right around the 51 minute mark, you get this stream from Tripp: Caesar’s editors got a […]

Performing the Truth

“Martyrdom is communicative action.” This is a claim that Kevin Vanhoozer expounds, following the writings of Kierkegaard (First Theology, p. 364). This claim was brought to the table this morning as we were talking cross, kingdom, and gospel. What kind of reign is this reign of God of which we speak? What kind of power […]

Gospel as Cruciform Kingdom

When Jesus was proclaiming the advent of the reign of God, he was proclaiming the good news (the gospel). The introduction to Mark tells us that his whole story demarcates the beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ—and that story culminates in Jesus’ crucifixion and report of his resurrection. As I prepare for a […]