Paul and Pluralism (A Reply to Ken Brown, Continuing the Bloggersation)

Thanks, Ken, for your insightful reply. I certainly would agree to a large extent with you (and Michael) that Paul saw himself as inviting people to experience redemption from the powers of the present evil age in and through Christ. To deny that this is central to his worldview, and his writings, would scarcely be [Read More...]

Brief Reply To Michael Halcomb

This is my reply to Michael Halcomb’s most recent contribution to our ongoing bloggersation. First let me address an apparent misunderstanding. You suggest that I think Paul is addressing legalism, when in fact I asserted (or meant to assert) the opposite. Perhaps I was unclear – indeed, I may have assumed that you would take [Read More...]

LOST: The Island and the People

Are the mysteries of the island on LOST ultimately irrelevant? Any true fan will of course be ready to hurl a can of Dharma Initiative baked beans at me for even thinking such a questions, much less putting it in writing. But please hear me out. I am not suggesting that the mysteries of the [Read More...]

Continuing Diablogue about Salvation and Christianity

This is a reply to some of the points Michael Halcomb made in responding to my previous post in this “blogalogue” (or is it “diablogue”?). Michael wrote: Paul is arguing that to trust in God is to trust in Jesus and Jesus only. It is not simply a social marker or some identity issue at [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Discovery Institute)

“The misreporting of the evolution issue is one key reason for this site” (Discovery Institute’s Evolution News and Views site. At last, something we agree on. The Discovery Institute does indeed maintain that site for the very reason specified: to misreport the “evolution issue”. HT John Pieret [Read more...]

Community of the Saved, or Salvation of the Community? (A Continuing Bloggersation)

I am grateful to Michael Halcomb, Ken Brown (twice) and Drew Tatusko for replying to an earlier conversation-starter of mine about Christianity, salvation and other religions. Since these responses are each rather different, I find myself wondering how to best reply. Rather than take each in turn, I want to try to ask a question [Read More...]

This Is The Word Of The Lord

Marcus Borg (in his book Reading the Bible Again For the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But Not Literally (HarperSanFrancisco, 2001) p.33) disusses the custom of adding “This is the Word of the Lord” after Scripture readings. After amusingly suggesting replacing the statement with “Some thoughts from ancient Israel” or “Some thoughts from the [Read More...]


Since I started using Google Reader, I have tended to add new blogs of interest to my feeds there, without in most instances adding them to my blogroll. The result is that my blogroll is rather out of date. If you know I read your blog (or think I should if I don’t), and your [Read More...]


Minutes ago I received a letter, delivered especially to my office, letting me know that the Butler Board of Trustees has approved the recommendation that I be granted tenure and promotion to associate professor. This calls for a size of font I have not used before on this blog… WOO HOO!!! [Read more...]

Take The Flaming Meteorite Challenge (Starting a Bloggersation)

Michael Halcomb and I have decided to have a ‘blogversation’ (or is it a ‘bloggersation’?) about Christianity, salvation, pluralism and other subjects that are of interest to both of us and about which we seem to disagree. We are going to try doing it in ‘blog-to-blog’ form, like the ‘wall to wall’ feature on Facebook. [Read More...]

Jim West Returns!

Someone hacked Dr. Jim West’s blog, and so it is a sad day in the blogosphere for all who value intelligent discussion of serious issues related to theology and the Bible. But there is happy news: he seems willing to start over! [UPDATE: Bob MacDonald at Sufficiency has made an archived version of the posts [Read More...]


When the moon moves across the face of the sunWe see it in ways we could not otherwiseWe see other things blotted from view by its brilliance.When the moon darkens and turns redWe become aware of the shadow we cast.When the possibility of proof becomes elusiveThe importance of story comes into focus.When certainty slips awayThe [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (Philip Hefner)

“The question about which story is truer is not equivalent to which story is more factual, because we weave the facts and the stories in the same cloth, like warp and weft on a loom” (Philip Hefner, Technology and Human Becoming (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2003) p.69). [Read more...]

Random Acts of Silliness (and Sorrow)

Some of you may have noticed that from time to time I turn words here and there throughout a post into links to all sorts of silly pages around the web. Earlier today, in doing that, I unintentionally gave the impression that I was connecting that page with someone I was disagreeing with. I apologize [Read More...]