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...]

Doctrinal Statements and the Emerging Movement

I’ve done this more than most. When I see a church with no denominational affilation (say, the Rock of Wonders Community of Jesus Christ now dwelling at this corner), I wonder “what do they believe?” When I see a Lutheran Church, I think to myself: the Lutheran dialectic of Law and gospel, etc.. When I [Read More...]

The Church, Embracing Grace, and Racism 3

Fighting racism isn’t a tack-on to what happens “after I believe,” but an issue wrapped up in the gospel grace of God we embrace when we embrace Jesus Christ and his kingdom vision. How often do we make distinctions between “faith in Christ” for redemption and “discipleship” for sanctification? or what we embrace for salvation [Read More...]

The Church, Embracing Grace, and Racism 3

Fighting racism isn’t a tack-on to what happens “after I believe,” but an issue wrapped up in the gospel grace of God we embrace when we embrace Jesus Christ and his kingdom vision. How often do we make distinctions between “faith in Christ” for redemption and “discipleship” for sanctification? or what we embrace for salvation [Read More...]

The Church, Embracing Grace and Racism 2

Let us define racism as an ideology of superiority in which a person, due to a biological or physiological or cultural condition, which are tagged as inherent to the person, is systemically considered inferior, leading both to ideas and policies of exclusion. Thus, as is found in Emerson and Smith’s influential book, Divided by Faith, [Read More...]

The Church, Embracing Grace and Racism 2

Let us define racism as an ideology of superiority in which a person, due to a biological or physiological or cultural condition, which are tagged as inherent to the person, is systemically considered inferior, leading both to ideas and policies of exclusion. Thus, as is found in Emerson and Smith’s influential book, Divided by Faith, [Read More...]

Franke’s Character of Theology 6

This is our last post on Franke’s book, The Character of Theology. Here’s my overall assessment: The book exposes themes that penetrate deeply into the fabric of doing theology and deserves to be read, especially by students who have teachers who disagree with Franke. Some kind of endorsement, I know, but Franke puts on the [Read More...]


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