Put God Back in Marathons

Bob Cargill shared the above image of a Facebook status. And David Hayward did a good job with today’s cartoon, getting at the seeming correspondence between tragedy and increased theological nonsense and inanity (I prefer not to use his term, but some of the things people spout at times like these are so offensive that I [Read More...]

BTB Article Published

My article “On Hearing (Rather Than Reading) Intertextual Echoes: Christology and Monotheistic Scriptures in an Oral Context” has finally appeared in the latest issue of Biblical Theology Bulletin. If you are not a subscriber and don’t have access to the journal through your library, you can read a pre-publication version via Butler University’s Digital Commons. Thanks [Read More...]

Good Friday and Deity-Placation

Today's Non Sequitur cartoon fits how some understand Good Friday perfectly: Among our oldest traceable concept of gods are the personalities we once assumed to be behind the forces of nature. How do we find a way to get rain when we need it, or divert illness away from ourselves? Placate the deity. And how [Read More...]

The Dogmatic Young Theologian

And as Jesus was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I believe to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, [Read More...]

Whovian Theology

A blog was recently brought to my attention. It reflects a relative newcomer to Doctor Who, who is blogging about the show, and reflecting in the process on their own shift away from a more fundamentalist approach to religion. It is called Whovian Theology. [Read more...]

House of Mirrors

Here's a demo version the latest song I've been working on. It should be considered a rough draft, but I'd appreciate feedback on the lyrics, the theology, and the music. The “guitar solo” should be treated as a placeholder – in fact, it should be described as a “'guitar' solo” since no actual guitars feature [Read More...]

Who’s In Whose Image?

David Hayward posted this image on his blog yesterday: His botching of the title (confusing “who’s” and “whose”) isn’t the only problem. The statement in the speech bubble is suggesting that we make God in our image, and David’s commentary points out that we are incapable of completely avoiding idolatry. If we think about God, [Read More...]

God is not a Jerk

That’s the conclusion Fred Clark draws in a recent post. Here’s the conclusion: God is not a jerk. God does not want you to be a jerk. So if you ever feel like God’s will, or God’s commands, or God’s rules are compelling you to act like a jerk — to betray your conscience, to be unloving, unjust, unkind, [Read More...]

Martin Luther King and Liberal Theology

Because they are familiar only with famous sound bites, there are many people who do not know that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an American Baptist minister, was a liberal Christian not only in his concern for racial integration and social justice, but also theologically liberal. I recently had my attention drawn to this [Read More...]

Birthday of the Most Famous Liberal Christian

While next Monday is celebrated as the official holiday Martin Luther King Day in the United States, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was born on January 15th. On this the birthday of one who is surely the most famous politically, economically, and theologically progressive Christian, it seemed worth sharing some of the many quote posters [Read More...]

Quote of the Day (The Doctor)

I have long loved this quote from “The Moonbase.” And so given the echoes of the Second Doctor’s adventures, and the theological aspects, in “The Snowmen,” I thought I would share this image plus quote that came my way on Facebook. Even though I am pretty sure he is holding his 100-year diary, with Patrick [Read More...]


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