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 […]

Story within the Story

If approaching the Bible as Story, and God as a story-bound God, opens up our interpretation of scripture, and Christianity, how does this not become a free for all? Today I have a guest post up at Peter Enns’ site wrestling with just this issue: if we open ourselves up to the idea of “story,” […]

Memorial Day

This is Memorial Day in the United States. It’s a great day to be an American. And a dangerous day to be a Christian. It’s the sort of national holiday that creates remembrance of freedom, celebration of democracy, a reificiation of our identity as A People–A People willing to die (and to kill) in the […]

Gospel of Deeds?

The May edition of Christianity Today has an article by Duane Litfin (president emeritus of Wheaton College) on the inherently verbal nature of the gospel. He especially has it in for the saying of the great saint, Pseudo-Francis (who will be seated next to Deutero-Paul and Trito-Isaiah in the heavenly banquet hall, no doubt!): Preach […]