Salt of the Earth

“If you salt the water, you won’t taste the salt. But if you don’t, you’ll know something’s not quite right.” Sage advice about pasta water from Mr. Richard, one of my friendly cooking gurus. It’s the same with the bread we baked up today. If we’d salted it, it wouldn’t have been salty bread, it […]

Where’s This Manna Coming From?

I imagine that I will continue playing with this manna metaphor (see here and here) for a little bit. It’s really another way of attacking the “Storied Theology” project: a way of articulating the idea that our shared Christian story has defining, definitive moments that determine the shape of our current life, to a certain […]

From Faith to Follow

I keep coming back to Confessions of Faith. As I dance around this (repeatedly) there’s one major thing I’m trying go get to: we as Christians have regularly created the impression that being a Christian is defined by thinking/believing the right things. Thinking the right things isn’t bad. At some level it’s necessary. But I […]

Authority Redux

[beginning of throat clearing] The bad thing about leaving no thought unpublished is that sometimes you get one out there that’s just flat or half-baked. The nice thing about thinking out loud in public, however, is that people can show you where you’re being half-baked or ill-reasoned. Or, sometimes, you have thoughts that are going […]

Matthew, Jesus, and Law

I had a professor friend who used to say (maybe he still does) that every controversy of the first couple centuries of the church’s life was over the (dis)continuity of the Old Testament and the life/faith of the church. We see on the pages of the New Testament that questions about circumcision, food laws, and […]

Interpreting an Inspired Bible

Last week there was a bit of conversation on my Facebook page about what difference it might make for interpreting the biblical book of Daniel if someone believes that the Bible is inspired by God. By “interpreting Daniel” I mean, specifically, what sorts of conclusions might one come to about the date on which it […]

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 […]