I have been teaching the Bible and writing about Christian theology in various ways, in a variety of settings, for over twenty years now. This has mostly been a rewarding task. I love learning new things or discovering new ways of seeing things, and I love seeing the same light bulb turn on for others. … Continue reading Why I Do Not Cease Teaching and Writing
I think most Christians assume that the Bible is a monolithic entity, like a seamless cloth or a fissure-free rock. We may know that there are in fact 66 books, but we view these as essentially different chapters of the same, single book. We may know that there were different human authors in different time … Continue reading “All Scripture is inspired by God” doesn’t mean “All Scripture is equally important”
I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. I’ve tried them in the past, but they’ve never worked. “Resolution” can sounds so decisive, so irrevocable. So guilt-inducing. Let’s call this my pastoral New Year’s goal, then. Here’s what I’m aiming for as a pastor for 2017: to be patient in love, persistent in prayer, faithful in … Continue reading My Pastoral New Year’s Resolution
“I have a dream.” The words are iconic. I’m sure most of us know the speaker, and the context. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. August 28, 1963. Ground zero of the African-American civil rights movement. It had been 100 years since Abraham Lincoln himself had issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Almost … Continue reading God’s Dream for the World
It’s interesting that the New Testament never gives a detailed description of exactly what went on when the first Jesus-followers gathered together to worship. There’s no divinely inspired “order of service.” Sure, we get some glimpses of early Christian worship here and there: some snippets in the book of Acts, some clues in the New Testament … Continue reading (Re-)Imagining Worship
Jesus, coming as a divine warrior to slaughter God’s enemies. How do we make sense of this vision of judgment in Revelation 19? Let’s sharpen the question: How can we reconcile this Jesus with the Jesus of Revelation 5, where Jesus the Lion reigns not by slaughtering his enemies but by being the Lamb slain … Continue reading The (S)Word-Wielder
Pacifism is on the way out in some circles, even as it’s trending in others. I’m certainly not the first or the only one to have noticed this. Many churches and individuals with historic or traditional ties to pacifism are shrugging off that label, while many others are trying pacifism on for size, and liking … Continue reading What is “Pacifism”?