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

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

Sharing: A Defense

There are a lot of things that I would anticipate having to defend—theology, philosophy, politics… But I have to admit that I never thought that I would need to write a defense of sharing. I started seeing this blog circulate around Facebook called “Why I Don’t Make My Son Share“. Currently it has been “shared”… Continue reading