Easter is Fathers Day

This week I spoke with a friend who, this past Sunday, was able to celebrate fathers day with her husband for the fist time. They had been trying to have a baby for a long time. For all that our Hallmark holiday is a celebration of the parent, for the parent the day conjures up […]

Ordering Chaos

Genesis 1 is magnificent: from tohu vebohu, desolation and deserted, the world is given order. Chaos is pushed back. Life emerges. I like to imagine that imitation of God includes little acts of bringing order out of chaos. I’m not a clean freak, or a tidy freak. But when the chaos has encroached too long, […]

Don’t Give Up on Eschatology

With great confidence (and financial expenditure), May 21, 2011 is declared to be the day of Jesus’ return. Or the rapture. Or whatever. But, of course, it wasn’t. Neither was 1994 or 1982. When the obsession with eschatology (ideas about “the end”) produces such crazy results, it’s tempting to leave eschatology aside altogether. Let the […]

Theological Adams: Gendered

Someone asked what the ramifications would be for male female relationships if the Gen 1-3 stories are not intended to be “history,” as such. Here, I don’t think that literal history matters very much. The point of the story is to describe how things came to be the way they are. They provide indicatives that […]

Adam as Story Starter

The creation stories were written with agendas. This is not saying anything negative about them. All stories told and preserved and retold are told and preserved and retold because of an agenda. The story is a model. It is a warning. It is a source of mockery. It is an object of honor. Biblical stories […]

Back to Adam, again…

Last week I highlighted Adam’s return to the news. At a point more directly related to Christian theology than previous scientific realizations, current investigations into human origins are calling a traditional Christian understanding of the world into question. We survived a round earth. We survived a heliocentric solar system. Can we, as Christians, survive the […]

Image of the King

What does setting up an image have to do with rule? It’s sometimes argued that ancient kings would set up images of themselves in the lands they ruled as a reminder to all the people of who the king was–especially if he was not physically present. I’m not sure that this is historically accurate; however, […]