Coming to Grips with Ourselves

I blog about God and Jesus and Christianity because I think that all of it is pretty awesome. And like most awesome, powerful things all of it has the potential to be deployed with a beautiful strength or nearly limitless destructive force. It is hard to deploy or receive power well when we know we’re […]

Which God?

In working out what I’ve called here a storied or narrative theology, one invitation I issue repeatedly is to discover the identity of God through the things that God does. When we talk about God in the classical Christian tradition, it is easy to fly off to heaven, to think deep thoughts about the Trinity, […]

Knowledge and Power

“How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” “Why are you wasting your time speculating on a useless question?”–John Calvin O.k., so that was more paraphrase than direct quotation. But it’s close enough. For all that Calvinism is accused of undue speculation into the secret things of God, the best of Calvin’s […]

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 […]

Imaging the Biblical God

Rachel Held Evans has drawn attention to John Piper’s recent declarations that Christianity has a masculine feel, and that this is, of course, great news for everyone–even women, whose feminine feel isn’t, apparently, part of what God intended for Christianity. Piper’s point is that God intentionally depicted Himself in masculine imagery, and that this sets […]