On Waking Up

On Waking Up Waking up can be one of the most terrifying things we do in life. This is because the old cliché is true: when we’re in a vivid dream we don’t know that we’re asleep. We wake up in different ways an in different times across the course of our lives. We step […]

The Dangerous Act of Reading

I operate with deeply Protestant sensibilities. I read, work with, and respond to scripture anticipating that it will challenge, even upend, the paradigms that I bring with me to the task. As banal as that might sound (the idea that a 2,000 year old book is free to disrupt what we’ve come to know), I […]

God Crucified?

On Sunday we were listening to Nadia Bolz Weber doing her “Lutheran theology rocks” thing in an interview at Wild Goose. (Seriously, folks, she is living out the law/gospel, simul justus et peccator thing better than anyone else I’m familiar with in 2013.) At one point she started talking about the atonement. So much of […]

Living Biblically

Way back in August, just before I decided to take a Blogbatical, I agreed to review Rachel Held Evans’ A Year of Biblical Womanhood. With the awesome press coverage it’s getting, she sure doesn’t need Storied Theology to make folks aware of the book. For all my self-aggrandizing tendencies, I do realize that I have […]

The Story of Christ… Really…

I’ve found myself indirectly thinking about what it means to read the Bible as Christians. By “indirectly” I mean that these thoughts have gnawed around the edges of my thinking while I’ve been working on other things: teaching the Gospels and Acts, writing a paper on wisdom literature in the Coen Brothers’ movies, listening to […]