On the Sign of the Cross

Do you ever make the sign of the Cross on yourself? I do. Roman Catholics have always done this, and so also have the Orthodox. But, (esp. evangelical) Protestants have not done this almost entirely because it would be an act that would put them in liminality — a state of in-between: if they did [Read More...]

On Reading the Bible with our Ears

Why do we read the Bible? I’ll venture to guess here. Our tendency is to go to the Bible for something new, to read it in the hope and expectation of a fresh discovery of something we did not know or had not heard or had completely forgotten. As a professor who teaches the Bible, [Read More...]

The Death Penalty and Purple Theology

Tookie Williams was executed last night, at the stroke of midnight. I do not know enough of the facts to judge whether or not California was just, nor do I want to comment on the Tookie Williams case. My view is that the death penalty is just, especially in American jurisprudence, but Christians should oppose [Read More...]

How to Talk to an Evangelical (If I May)

My post, Seven Habits of Successful Emerging Discussions, generated enough suggestions that I thought it would be good to post today on how Emerging Movement folk (EMers) might better converse with evangelicals. Just as I don’t assume to speak for all EMers, neither do I speak for all evangelicals. I apologize for the length, but [Read More...]

Scripture: Authority and N.T. Wright

Tom Wright’s newest book, The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture, arrived on my desk at just the right time. I posted last week on the authority of Scripture, and asked whether or not “authority” is the best term for our relationship to Scripture. If we [Read More...]

Scripture: Authority and N.T. Wright

Tom Wright’s newest book, The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture, arrived on my desk at just the right time. I posted last week on the authority of Scripture, and asked whether or not “authority” is the best term for our relationship to Scripture. If we [Read More...]

Scripture: Authority and Inerrancy

Well, in light of my last post about Scripture and authority we might as well put this term on the table too: “inerrancy.” If I suggested in a hotly-commented post that “authority” does not tell us enough about our relationship to Scripture, and if I suggest that if we love God and God’s Spirit speaks [Read More...]

Scripture: Authority and Inerrancy

Well, in light of my last post about Scripture and authority we might as well put this term on the table too: “inerrancy.” If I suggested in a hotly-commented post that “authority” does not tell us enough about our relationship to Scripture, and if I suggest that if we love God and God’s Spirit speaks [Read More...]

Scripture: Replacing “Authority”

Some of you will remember a previous post when I suggested that a “purple” theology probably will not find the word “authority” as the appropriate word for Scripture. Now, I have no truck with the word “authority” apart from the fact that I do not believe it tells us enough about what our relationship to [Read More...]

Doctrinal Statements and the Emerging Movement 2

It’s been a long day. I got up early, went to a prayer meeting with some wonderful pastors and leaders, had a breakfast, spoke my heart out to these same pastors and leaders, had lunch, two hours of driving and then a flight back to Chicago from Omaha. Had a great time, but am committed [Read More...]


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