I’m an Atheist

Okay, it’s confession time: I’m an atheist. It’s true. But probably not in the way you’re thinking. Early Christians were sometimes called “atheists,” did you know that? Not because they didn’t believe in God, but because they didn’t believe in the Romans’ gods. In a world in which there were many “gods” and “lords,” for … Continue reading I’m an Atheist

“The Word Made Flesh”: On Doing Theology Afresh

A Jew, a Greek, and a Roman walk into a church. No joke. Imagine it: a Jew, a Greek, and a Roman walk into a church, back in the first century. Let’s say it’s a gathering of believers in Ephesus. And imagine that they happen to do this on the day a brand-new opening to … Continue reading “The Word Made Flesh”: On Doing Theology Afresh

Seeing God Face to Face

Seeking God’s Face “Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face, O Lord, do I seek. There are many ways to think about Christian spirituality, but these words from Psalm 27 do a pretty good job of summing it all up. You could say that the spiritual life is all about “seeking God’s face.” Different … Continue reading Seeing God Face to Face

Christians Need to Be More Conservative, Not Less

It’s happened again. The other day someone casually referred to me as “liberal” (don’t worry, Peter, I don’t hold it against you). Every time that happens I kind of smile to myself—if it’s said innocently—or else I cringe inwardly—if it’s said pejoratively. It’s not that I particularly mind being called “liberal.” In some circles that’s … Continue reading Christians Need to Be More Conservative, Not Less

“We should re-think our theology? Say what?”

Earlier this summer I preached a sermon on grieving the losses in our lives, whether it’s the loss of someone we love through death or the loss of something we have invested with great significance—a relationship, a career, a home. In the sermon I talked about the need to adjust to the new reality of … Continue reading “We should re-think our theology? Say what?”

On Not Throwing the Theological Baby Out with the Bathwater

I’ve been reflecting recently on my faith journey, in particular on the “stuff I believe” side of things. I think that journey could be summed up this way: continually sifting through it all, sorting out the essentials, casting off the non-essentials. I suspect many Christians go through that kind of process as they get older, … Continue reading On Not Throwing the Theological Baby Out with the Bathwater