What if God just wants you to discover yourself?

A few years ago, I was given a short book written by James Martin, SJ, Becoming Who You Are: Insights on the True Self from Thomas Merton and Other Saints. I read it quickly, and liked it well enough, but I recently picked it up again and I felt this time I was more ready to listen [Read More...]

The harm of abstract theologizing: some thoughts by Frederica Mathewes-Green

I wanted to share this post I stumbled upon earlier this week by Frederica Mathewes-Green entitled, “Final, I hope, thoughts on abstract theologizing: the Lamp.” These words speak to me, and I think there is much wisdom here. Here main intention is “to defend…the idea that theology must be approached prayerfully, and not as if [Read More...]

Evangelicals and Evolution: expecting from the Bible what it’s not set up to deliver?

Christians have been butting heads with evolution since the 19th century. A lot is at stake. If evolution is right about how humans came to be, then the biblical story of Adam and Eve–which has been answered the question of human origins for almost 2000 years–isn’t. Those who believe that God himself is in some [Read More...]

James Barr on Evangelical Biblical Scholarship

A friend of mine–currently writing his PhD dissertation while in a witness protection program for knowing me–recently passed on the following quotes from James Barr. Barr, who died in 2006, was a world-renown Old Testament scholar, known for such linguistic classics as The Semantics of Biblical Language and Comparative Philology and the Text of the [Read More...]

Is the Gospel necessarily against empires (like, say, even America, he asks sheepishly on the morning of July 4)?

Today is July 4th, and, being independent of oppressive British rule, I chose today, as a free man, to bring to your attention an informative, learned, but utterly readable book published this spring (IVP) and edited by Scot McKnight and by my colleague at Eastern University, Joe Modica: Jesus Is Lord, Caesar Is Not: Evaluating [Read More...]