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June 02, 2017
It’s Not About Paris, It’s About Our Planet
Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement is probably the most...
June 01, 2017
A Charge to Seminary Graduates (Demian Wheeler)
My colleague, Dr. Demian Wheeler, delivered the "charge to the graduates" at the recent commencement...
April 20, 2017
Believe it or Not, People Still Go to Church for the Preaching
The primary reason people give for going to church may surprise you: Good preaching and...
April 19, 2017
The Virgin Birth and Christianity: Is it All Or Nothing?
Not long ago, I assumed my spot in my favorite coffee shop to work on...
April 15, 2017
The Resurrection Revealed Jesus as Divine (Pannenberg)
The resurrection revealed that Jesus of Nazareth was the divine Son of God. Wolfhart Pannenberg...
April 14, 2017
Did Christ Die for Non-Human Animals?
Good Friday reflections on the cross usually focus on the significance of Christ's death for...
April 06, 2017
Four Ways to Interpret the “Rock,” the Foundation of Jesus’ Church
In Matthew 16, Simon (soon to be renamed "Peter") makes his famous declaration that Jesus...
April 03, 2017
The Problem with Seminary? Seven Big Tensions in Curriculum Revision
I recently attended an ATS (Association of Theological Schools) meeting of mid-career faculty where we...
March 31, 2017
The Fundamentalist Heresy: Jesus was a Superhuman Person
I haven't blogged much lately. The reason for that is I've been finishing a draft...
March 12, 2017
A Big Problem with Intelligent Design: “Don’t Look at My Bad Side”
"Intelligent Design" is a theory, a theology really, that claims that the complexity, beauty, order,...
February 08, 2017
“Persistent” Elizabeth Warren Just Enacted one of Jesus’ Parables
I opened up CNN.com today to discover this huge headline: "Nevertheless, She Persisted" These were...
February 07, 2017
A “Case for Christ” Movie? On the Problem with Apologetics
A few weeks ago I went to see Silence, the Scorcese film (based on the...
February 06, 2017
Statement Against Ban of Muslim Immigrants (by United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities)
Donald Trump's ban on Muslim immigrants from 7 predominantly Muslim countries (none of which he...
February 04, 2017
“Pain-in-the-Arse” Nun Says Sex Isn’t Dirty
A Spanish nun, Sister Lucia Caram, recently shocked the Catholic world when she suggested, on...
January 22, 2017
Theology After Babel: On the Role of “Theological Theology” in Public Discourse
What should be the role for theology in public discourse? And, how theological should theology be?...
January 20, 2017
The Inauguration of the Gold-Crowned Jesus
With the inauguration of Donald Trump, the Religious Right hopes for a "new Jesus movement."...
January 07, 2017
Epiphany, Acts 15, and How the Church Makes Decisions
On Epiphany Sunday, Christians celebrate all sorts of events related to the stories surrounding the...
January 06, 2017
Theologians Opposing the Nomination of Jeff Sessions
I joined with many other Christian theologians and other faith leaders in signing a petition...
January 05, 2017
“True Truth” isn’t the Answer to “Post-Truth”
We're living in a post-truth society now, they say. This is what all those conservative...
December 23, 2016
Virgin Births aren’t as Miraculous as You Think
Virgin births are not nearly as miraculous as you think. They happen fairly regularly. Well,...
December 22, 2016
Is Evangelicalism Now Just Right-Wing Politics in Religious Garb?
For those of you brave souls, crying out in the wilderness, who still want to...
December 15, 2016
Inerrancy: A “Comforting Gauze that Conceals Ugliness” (Worthen)
Here's Molly Worthen, writing about the conflict over biblical authority, and in particular the doctrine...
December 11, 2016
Pietism is the “One and Only Consequence of Christianity” (Kierkegaard Says)
Yes, indeed, pietism (properly understood, not simply in the sense of abstaining from dancing and...
December 10, 2016
If Augustine’s Theory of the “Fall” is Right, What About Righteous Noah?
Augustine's theology of "original sin" has dominated and corrupted western theology for thousands of years....
December 02, 2016
Into the Light of Christmas: From Ordinary to Extraordinary, from Facts to Meanings
This post is a contribution to the Patheos Book Club discussion of Thomas Moore's The...
December 01, 2016
What do you Get When You Scratch a Neo-Evangelical?
Molly Worthen's The Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism, is a...
November 21, 2016
The Surprising Evangelical Switch from Virtue to Consequences
White evangelicals used to care a lot about whether political candidates' moral character matched their...
November 11, 2016
Christian Ethics After Trump: A Letter to My Students (Silas Morgan)
The following is a guest post by Silas Morgan. Silas earned his PhD from the...
November 09, 2016
To Fellow Progressives: In the Day of Trump, Let’s Double Down on Love
Like many of you, I couldn't believe what I was watching last night on CNN,...
October 26, 2016
Evangelicals, Trump, and the “Politics of Apocalypse”
What's up with those evangelicals? Is it the end of the world? Matthew Sutton's...
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