stories work for “skeptical believers”

I just came across Daniel Taylor’s 2013 book The Skeptical Believer: Telling Stories to Your Inner Atheist. Many of you are likely familiar with Taylor’s The Myth of Certainty: The Reflective Christian & the Risk of Commitment, first published in 1986. Anyway, I haven’t read all of The Skeptical Believer. For my tastes it’s a bit long (almost [Read More…]

being certain of God–not our beliefs–is the mark of the spiritual life

The following was posted as “Gracious Uncertainty,” the daily reading (April 29) at My Utmost for His Highest (I made my own paragraph divisions). My Rector at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Dave Robinson, sent this to me. When you preach 12 minute homilies you’ve got extra time for passing on nice things like this. The text for [Read More…]

On God, Shooting Children, and Still Having no Answers

I posted this a year ago. I haven’t gotten remotely closer to wrapping my head around it, and so I am reposting today.  Who cares what I think about all this. I’m not really sure if I care what I think about all this. I didn’t sleep well last night and I woke up sad and unsettled. For some [Read More…]

Honesty in the Journey (or On the Raising of Young Heretics)

Nearly twenty years ago, my oldest was six years old. One of our bedtime routines was a brief Bible reading. One evening we found ourselves in the Garden of Eden story—Adam and Eve, a piece of fruit, and a snake with vocal chords. As I read, my son kept sighing, as if impatient with my [Read More…]

On Not Having All the Answers (“Coffeehouse Theology” in a postmodern world)

Today’s post is an interview with Ed Cyzewski (MDiv, Biblical Theological Seminary), author of Coffeehouse Theology: Reflecting on God in Everyday Life (NavPress). This book is an introduction to contextual theology, i.e., to “help the reader understand, shape, and live out practical Christian theology in the postmodern context” (from the book’s webpage), rather than seeing honest questions as a [Read More…]