Kierkegaard and the Modern Theology Cocktail Party

Tomorrow I make my way to Copenhagen to participate in a conference at the University of Copenhagen’s Kierkegaard Research Centre. The conference is titled: “Kierkegaard Sources and Reception: The State of Kierkegaard Studies Today.” (click the link to view the schedule). The occasion of the conference is to celebrate the 2/3 completion of a massive [Read More…]

A New Barth Book is On the Way

I’ve been eagerly anticipating the publication of a new book on Barth and evangelicalism, co-edited by Christian Collins Winn (my friend and colleague here at Bethel) and John Drury. My contribution is on the connection between Barth and the Missional Church around the theme of “witness.” The publication date hasn’t been released yet, but Christian [Read More…]

Kierkegaard on the Atonement: A Reflection for Maundy Thursday

In Practice in Christianity, Kierkegaard writes this: Let us look at him and his life; let us speak altogether humanly about it; he was, after all, truly human. He began his life in lowliness, led his life in lowliness and abasement to the very end, then ascended on high–what does this mean? It means that temporality in [Read More…]

A Very Difficult Teaching

Jesus deliberately stays silent before Pilate and brings Isaiah to fulfillment. When he finally speaks from the cross he speaks from the Psalms of lament. God stays silent and allows the evil, further prodding skeptics to malign a heavenly Father who would commit what looks like savage child abandonment and abuse. However, in the mystery [Read More…]

Who Do People Say That I Am?

I came across a fascinating, and disturbing, retelling of the 1993 Waco debacle written by best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell. Remember Waco? The FBI fatally stormed a compound occupied by a religious cult called the Branch Davidians led by a crazy man named David Koresh. Gladwell based his article in The New Yorker on a recent [Read More…]

The Goldfinch

Just finished Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. It’s the story of young boy’s coming of age after his mother dies tragically and he finds himself in possession of a masterpiece–an obsession not unlike that induced by “the precious” in the Lord of the Rings. Tartt’s writing is vivid and flourishing, at times over the top, especially given [Read More…]

Silence

Silence has long been considered an invaluable and sacred spiritual discipline—especially during Lent. To be still makes space for the Spirit to stir. Silence consents to the Lord’s presence and acknowledges his providential hand. “Be still and know that I am God,” we hear in the Psalms. Silence before God is silence with God, a [Read More…]

Bestseller

Today’s guest post comes from Tracy Kennedy, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work. Imagine if Oprah aired a special show depicting a miracle pill that could produce the energy within one person to do that of thousands.  And even more impressive is that the [Read More…]

Evocative

Today’s guest post comes from Eric Morgan, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work. Do we even have time for vocation?  My daughter has honors math, literature, and chemistry.  She plays in the orchestra and runs track.  Our factory education system is training her to [Read More…]

Whatever You Do

Today’s guest post comes from Mona Lee, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work. It seems that there is this tendency that Christians somehow learn to separate the work of God and regular everyday work. Personally I am unsure of where we learned this; maybe [Read More…]

Just Work

Today’s guest post comes from Abbie Borchers, one of an excellent class of students from Bethel Seminary who recently studied the intersection between faith, vocation and work. NPR reported a story out of Japan a recently: sixty years ago two boys–one born to a rich family, the other to a poor family–were switched at birth. One boy grew [Read More…]

The Battle Rages: Can We Move Beyond the “Conflict Model”?

I’m a day late and a dollar short with this post, since yesterday was the prime day to enter the fray and offer perspectives on the recent Creation debate. But hey, I haven’t blogged in awhile, and I have a cool photo to share. Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. Jesus versus Darwin. The [Read More…]