Christian AND an Obama Supporter…

I don’t usually do political stuff on my blog. But I’ve had several people ask my why it is that I’m drawn to Barack Obama. I wanted to give a few sources that might perhaps explain why it is that I support him. The first is a video of a talk in which Obama tries [Read More...]

Is It Wierd that This Bother’s Me?

I heard about this through a friend. I’m not sure why I care, but for some reason this just bothers me that nobody never asks these sort of questions of our elected officials and those who campaign for them whether they are family or not. If you want to read more about it the story [Read More...]

Prayer of Self-Dedication

This is the prayer of self-dedication from the Morning Office of the BCP today. Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us, we pray you, as you [Read More...]

Pannenberg for President.

Pannenberg rocks my face off! I finally finished Wolfhart Pannenberg’s “The Church” today. The last chapter was worth the wait. It’s easily the best of the book. Here are some of the notes I took from it: “There is a theologically superficial enthusiasm that makes involvement in social ethics a substitute for the substance of [Read More...]

acb’s on the pitch weekly cover

Last year I produced the first acb’s record. This is some of the coolest music from some of the nicest guys I’ve ever worked with. I’m really proud of this record. This week we heard that they are nominated by the “Pitch” for best pop act. They are on the cover of pitch this week. [Read More...]

Pannenberg on the Church

I’m back to reading Pannenberg on the church. He’s talking about the role of eschatology in the church in ch. 4. What’s interesting is that this stuff could have come out of a typical mission church handbook published over the past 6 months. Here are a few quotes that stood out to me today: Apostolicity: [Read More...]

Finally Zizioulas

I finally finished reading Being as Communion by John Zizioulas yesterday. It has taken me forever because I’ve been attempting a close reading & I kept getting distracted. It’s a pretty amazing book; one which is often referred to as one of the most important Christian theology books of the last half century. I read [Read More...]

MacArthur’s Christomonism

One thing I’m pretty sure of is that if God exists as Trinity and has created humans in God’s image, then most of our monisms and dualisms are distortions of the way the world really is. At monism is defined… Monism: the reduction of all processes, structures, concepts, etc., to a single governing principle; [Read More...]

MacArthur on the Gospel

It’s interesting to hear MacArthur attack the emerging church and say that the scope of the gospel of Christ is utterly limited to propitiating God & eliminating the guilt of sin and that this “is the only reason he came. He didn’t come to fix life here. He didn’t come to eliminate poverty. He didn’t [Read More...]

10 Things I Love – In Order

God, the creator and sustainer of the universe – Father, Son and Spirit – my redeemer and Lord. My wife Kristin – the truest person & and friend I have known – whom I love ardently, fervently, more than any person on earth. My boys Nicholas & Lewis – full of love, laughter, passion & [Read More...]

24 hours at the abbey

Had a good time at conception abbey this week, even if it was only a 24 hour booster. Here is my wisdom from Fr. Adam. He gave me a quote which he said was from Pope John the XXIII, but the internet has it from John Paul II – I’d trust Fr. Adam on this [Read More...]

Rauschenbusch Rules

I ran across one of my all-time favorite Walter Rauschenbusch quotes yesterday… Here is that quote with a few other observations from his book, “A Theology for the Social Gospel.” “Theology needs periodical rejuvenation. Its greatest danger is not mutilation but senility. It is strong and vital when it expresses in large reasonings what youthful [Read More...]