Get Used to Disappointment: Non-Partisan Politics and the Justification of the Kingdom of God

Brett Vaden is my long-time friend and co-blogger at Philomythois. In his previous post, he invited me to “bring it on” and respond to his post, and several weeks ago, in a private conversation, he also asked me to demonstrate how a particular doctrine can have both a short summary and a broad metanarrative. Here… Continue reading

NIKA, CONSTANTINE, AND THE CROSS

image CONQUEROR’S CROSS The above image is an example of early Christian graffiti. The letters IC represents the first and last letters of Jesus (Iησοῦς), and the letters XC represent the first and last letters of Christ (Xριστός). Νίκα is the Greek word for “conquer.” These letters are situated within a cross showing how Jesus… Continue reading

Active Pacifism

“What exists is possible (p. 1),” says Kenneth Boulding. This is the opening quote in Ronald J. Sider’s book, Nonviolent Action: What Christian Ethics Demands but Most Christians Have Never Really Tried. Sider goes on to quote Mahatma Gandhi, “Between violence and cowardly flight, I can only prefer violence to cowardice (p. 17).” Which brings… Continue reading

Sola Scriptura or Solo Scriptura?

Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval for Theology and Biblical Interpretation is a manifesto, exploring the sensibilities of theological retrieval. Michael Allen and Scott Swain seek to reclaim the role of tradition making as “the processes and products by which the church receives and transmits apostolic teaching not simply as human cultural activities and artifacts but… Continue reading

Human origins: Hubble telescope or van Gogh?

What kind of picture is Genesis 1-3? Is it a Hubble telescope photo or van Gogh’s Starry Night? In his newest book, The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate, John Walton explains his approach to the origins debate in this way: “[T]he Bible is not a scientific textbook…. Continue reading

Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus

Reggie L. Williams begins his historical and theological evaluative book Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistancewith the provocative thought: What type of Jesus inspires what kind of ethical life? Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the beloved World War II theologian, activist, and martyr, was not always so endearing, passionate, and empathetic. In fact,… Continue reading

To Challenge and Confess, “Treading Paper” (Part 1 of ?)

“But our hearts tell a different story Our hands feel a different pulse.”                   – Thrice Treading Paper According to my Google Music account, I have listened to Thrice’s album Major/Minor over 100 times.  In the past several months, it has kept me company through many hours of thinking, reading, and writing as I… Continue reading

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