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December 20, 2020
Recommendation: A Christmas Book for Progressive Christians
Someone just asked me for a recommendation for a book that would facilitate their deep-dive...
December 05, 2020
The Task of Theology in Our Time?
Sallie McFague, in her classic book, Models of God, offers a thought-provoking suggestion for the...
November 25, 2020
Book Talk: How Millennials Can Lead Us Out of the Mess We’re In
A new book, How Millenneials Can Lead Us Out of the Mess We're In: A Jew,...
June 07, 2020
To Better Understand the Destructive Myth of White Supremacy, Read this Book
There is an excellent and concise overview of the historical foundations of and development of...
May 27, 2020
The Breath of God Was in His Body: A Statement from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
Here is a statement (originally published here) from my seminary, United Theological Seminary of the...
May 23, 2020
The Non-Essential Church
Yesterday, Trump declared churches and houses of worship to be "essential" and called on governors...
May 17, 2020
The Denial of Death and the Disruption of Culture
"The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else;...
May 10, 2020
Mother God: What Are We Doing When We Call God “She”?
During the worship service I viewed this morning, a pastor referred to God as a...
May 01, 2020
Needed: Religious Leaders who Play Along with Science
This pandemic has exposed a lot of things, one of which is a division in...
April 10, 2020
The Waiting is the Hardest Part: Holy Saturday and COVID-19:
Tom Petty sang it well: “The waiting is the hardest part.” Today is Good...
December 08, 2018
Eight Things We Gain When We Lose the Virgin Birth
Christians often avoid rethinking traditional doctrinal beliefs because of the fear of what they will...
July 14, 2018
Everything Changes. Now Back to Blogging
"Everything changes" is a phrase I've been hearing a lot lately in my circles. If...
March 30, 2018
If He “Emptied Himself” Was He Still God? A Good Friday Question
Good Friday is a good day to think about kenotic Christology. Kenosis is a tranliteration...
March 24, 2018
The King Who Comes in Peace and the Children Who Proclaim Him
As Jesus and his disciples began their final entry into Jerusalem, prior to Jesus' trial...
March 05, 2018
Want to Understand Bultmann? Here’s a Little Book For You
David Congdon is delivering a lecture at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities on...
February 17, 2018
The Value of Seminary in a World Gone Mad
My colleague and friend, Dr. Kenneth Reynhout, shared the following post on his Facebook page....
January 26, 2018
Announcing a New Commentary on Matthew
Over six yeas ago now, my friend and then-colleague, Jeannine Brown, invited me to join...
December 23, 2017
Virgin Birth or Incarnation? Why You Can’t Have Both
As I worked through the arguments for and against the virgin birth, the single most...
December 22, 2017
Was Jesus Intersex or Was Mary?
When I began researching the material for A Complicated Pregnancy: Whether Mary Was a Virgin...
December 15, 2017
Reading the Virgin Birth as Legend (or Creative Hagiography)
One of the sources I found most useful as I researched for my book, A Complicated...
December 08, 2017
Why We Don’t Need an Immaculate Conception
Today (December 8), Catholics worldwide celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. You might not...
November 29, 2017
Update on the Official Release of A Complicated Pregnancy
The "official" book release date for A Complicated Pregnancy: Whether Mary Was a Virgin and...
November 22, 2017
Saved By Faith and Hospitality (A Brief Book Note for Thanksgiving)
On the eve of Thanksgiving, I thought it a good time to pick up my...
November 07, 2017
Liberal or Liberation Theologians on the Virgin Birth?
In Thinking About God: An Introduction to Theology, Dorothy Sölle describes what she sees as...
October 26, 2017
Kierkegaard on the Incarnation: God is Like an Artist
I recently stumbled across a quote from Kierkegaard, in his journals, where he reflects on...
October 11, 2017
Endorsements of “A Complicated Pregnancy: Whether Mary Was a Virgin and Why It Matters””
With the release of my forthcoming book, A Complicated Pregnancy: Whether Mary Was a Virgin...
October 09, 2017
10 Very Good Books on the Reformation and Martin Luther
As we anticipate the celebration of the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation, I put...
October 01, 2017
The Political Power of Bible Translation (Tyndale’s New Testament)
One of the first things you learn in seminary--assuming you pay attention--is that all translations are...
September 27, 2017
Would You Use the Flag as a Strainer? (What the Anthem Conflict is Really About)
Let's talk about the flag and the anthem. But let's try to get closer to...
September 26, 2017
7 Reasons Why I Won’t Sign the New Protestant Confession of Faith
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