God and the Global Public Square: A Response to Os Guinness’ The Global Public Square

Although I come from the progressive theological and political wing of the Christian family, I always appreciate Os Guinness’ reflections. I am very appreciative of his new book The Global Public Square. Though I take a slightly different path, I find his reflections typically spot on in their assessment of social and cultural trends. As a pastor [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary for August 25: God’s Providence — Abstract or Concrete?

Lectionary Reflections for August 25, 2013 Jeremiah 1:4-10 Psalm 71:1-6 Hebrews 12:18-29 Luke 13:10-17 God’s Providence: Abstract or Concrete God’s call of Jeremiah is one of my favorite Biblical stories.  I can relate to the prophet’s dilemma: the prophet is uncertain of his vocation and protests his inexperience and fallibility.  He doesn’t think he is [Read More…]

Transforming Giants: A Response to “Five Stones”

There’s always a giant blocking our future; but, we have the resources to respond with creativity and persistence to overcome what stands in our way.  These obstacles can be Goliath-like in nature, but God has given us five stones and the example of the young shepherd David to respond to any crisis that stands in [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary for August 18, 2013: Divine Withdrawal and Human Suffering

Lectionary Reflections for August 18, 2013 Isaiah 5:1-7 Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19 Hebrews 11:19-12:2 Luke 12:49-56 What is God’s role in natural disasters that devastate whole cities and nations?  It seems that every time there is a human-made or natural disaster, certain televangelists and conservative spiritual leaders have a field day.  They directly inform us why [Read More…]

The Adventurous Lectionary for August 11: The Gift of an Uneasy Conscience

Today’s readings describe impossible possibilities.  Isaiah challenges the people to go from apathy to awareness and transform their worship from ritual to justice-seeking.  Hebrews tells the story of Abraham and Sarah following God’s promises that, although they are childless, they will become the parents of a nation.  Jesus asks his followers to stay awake in every season of [Read More…]

Divine Violence and the Quest for a Non-violent Faith

I applaud Preston Sprinkle’s Fight: A Christian Case for Nonviolence.  He presents a timely word to Christians who wrap the Bible in the American flag and support the USA’s military adventurism, when led by Republican presidents, whole-heartedly, claiming divine sanction for our militaristic policies.  His words invite us to take a second look at violence as a way [Read More…]

Simplicity and Abundance: A Response to Mark Scandrette’s “Free”

Mark Scandrette’s Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most is a testimony to simple living. It is also, to the surprise of some readers, I suspect, a hymn to abundant life.  The heart of the text can be found in Scandrette’s Prayer of Abundance (23), in which the affirmation that we are cared [Read More…]

A God of Personality and Possibility: A Dialogue with Darren Wilson’s “Finding God in the Bible”

Darren Wilson’s book explores what it means to have a personal relationship to God and, more importantly, what it means for God to have a personal relationship to us. This is the best of evangelical popular theology taken to its theological and experiential conclusions. [Read more…]

The Adventurous Lectionary: Personality and Transpersonality — August 4, 2013

Thank God that we can “know” God; but thank God also that God is shrouded in unfathomable mystery. In the liveliness of faith, we need both intimacy and prophetic distance. [Read more…]

Adventurous Lectionary: Divine Parenting and Human Well-Being – July 28, 2013

Lectionary Reflections for Pentecost 10 — July 28, 2013 Texts: Hosea 1:2-10; Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-15; Luke 11:1-13 Today’s readings are profoundly theocentric in their proclamation of a universal God for whom the affairs of humans and nations are of significance. The readings also present the many faces of God – as challenger, restorer, enemy, parent, and transformer. The [Read More…]