NT Wright’s Deathbed Advice

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New Huffington Post Article

I’ve got a new article up at the Huffington Post. It’s about the role we are supposed to play in our national life – especially in an election year. Here’s an excerpt: “The church cannot become the state, but the church has an obligation to bear witness to the state. In order to fulfill this [Read More...]

Anxiety, Niebuhr, and Kierkegaard

I’m reading some Reinhold Niebuhr right now and ran across some references to Soren Kierkegaard’s views on Anxiety which blew me away. Kierkegaard famously wrote, ““Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom.” It’s a stunning statement. Kierkegaard believed anxiety to be the existential dread every human being feels when face to face with their own finitude, [Read More...]

A Peaceable Kingdom

A few quotes from A Peaceable Kingdom by Stanley Hauerwas “Ethics… is not primarily about rules and principles, rather it is about how the self must be transformed to see the world truthfully. For Christians, such seeing develops through schooling in a narrative which teaches us how to use the language of sin not only [Read More...]

Storied Theology: Genesis

Daniel Kirk has a great blog post on how we should view the creation accounts in Genesis. What I love about his take is that he emphasizes the fact that we cannot make something into historical writing, when it was not composed as historical writing. Yet, he takes seriously the world Genesis 1-4 envisions. He [Read More...]

Fare-well Rob Bell!

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The Words of Paul

We’re are doing a series on the words of Paul at Redemption Church. The idea is to delve into five words that pop up over and over in Paul’s writings. If we can explore these words – which are really themes that are repeated and developed – we can become better readers of Paul, and [Read More...]

Reading Rauschenbusch

One of the original ideas for the book An Evangelical Social Gospel? was rooted in my reading of A Theology for the Social Gospel by Walter Rauschenbusch. Walter Rauschenbusch was a Baptist minister who led a church of poor German immigrants living in Hell’s Kitchen a little over a century ago. This was a bad [Read More...]

What Makes NT Wright Crazy?

Messianic Lunacy from The Work Of The People on Vimeo. Admittedly – I think N.T. Wright is a genius. Everyone who does New Testament studies for the next century or two will have to deal with him. It’s a blast to be alive at the same time and enjoy his influence. Here’s a quick video [Read More...]

Theoblogy: Christian Spirituality Reading

This is a killer reading list from Tony Jones’s blog. These are works centered on Christian Spirituality listed on a syllabus he’s created for a DMin. class at Fuller Seminary. I love several things about the list: One, it is eclectic – lots of different styles and strands of the conversation are represented. Two, it [Read More...]