Pondering Providence: Responding to Robert Tracy Knight’s “The First Thanksgiving”

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Robert Tracy McKenzie does a masterful job of liberating the pilgrims from the cultural and economic myths that often disguise their faith and practices in his new book The First Thanksgiving. He sees them as God-centered people, leery of religious holidays, and focused on covenant with God and one another. The pilgrims were inspired by [Read More...]

Bonhoeffer’s Vision and Process Theology

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A Response to The Bonhoeffer Reader, edited by  Clifford J. Green and Michael P. DeJonge Few theologians have responded as creatively and forthrightly to the postmodern challenge as Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer recognized the pluralistic, multi-centered, experience-oriented world of our current religious landscape. He imagined an emerging Christianity, no longer at the center of culture, but [Read More...]

Grace Even for Those Who Can’t Believe: A Conversation with Tullian Tchividjian

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Tullian Tchividjian’s One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World speaks a word of grace to a world of legalism and perfectionism. Tchividjian believes that in a world of self-justification and ever-increasing and impossible performance standards, grace abounds. God’s love for us comes without our having to earn anything, but out of God’s pure [Read More...]

Order and Novelty in Family Spirituality: A Response to Tim and Sue Muldoon’s Six Sacred Rules for Families: A Spirituality for the Home

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A well-known saying from Zen Buddhism notes: “Before enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water. After enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water.” Although deeply rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition, this is the essence of Tim and Sue Muldoon’s Six Sacred Rules for Family: A Spirituality of the Home. Quite often in life, the issue [Read More...]

What Kind of God are we Playing? A Response to Andy Crouch’s “Playing God”

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“Power is a gift” says Andy Crouch in his excellent new book Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power. Our use of power can either create or destroy, and power that leads to flourishing, Crouch notes, is grounded in our relationship with God. Crouch believes that the use of power is inevitable and can be good, and [Read More...]

Suffering, Divinity, and Power: A Response to Jeanne Murray Walker’s “The Geography of Memory”

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The specific questions raised here are: “Does the omnipresent God continue to act in the lives of persons with Alzheimer’s? Does God continue to work in the lives of persons with Alzheimer’s, or does this disease somehow render God’s presence null and void?” Or, in simpler language, “Where is God in Alzheimer’s?” [Read more...]

A Monastery in the Heart – A Response to Judith Valente’s “Atchison Blue”

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The healing and guidance we need, Valente aptly notes, may come from “simply listening to the voice of God.” That voice is everywhere, but it is found most especially in the monastery of the soul where God provides possibilities, insights, and the energy to embody them in the concreteness and bustle of life. [Read more...]


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