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

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

Babies: Little Sinners? Part 4

Are babies “little sinners”? How we answer this question impacts not just how we view babies, but how we treat them. Jesus describes a true Christian as one who receives children, the “little ones” (Matt. 18:1-6). Whether we are receiving babies or young children rightly depends upon what we think of them. People who have… Continue reading

Beauty and the Cross (Part 1 of 3)

I don’t think you trust In my self-righteous suicide –      System of a Down, “Chop Suey!” Recently, I read Joe Hill’s best selling novel, Horns. I don’t necessarily recommend it (it’s one of those book that depends on the reader, however his comic Locke and Key is absa-freakin-lutely amazing), but the reading merits of the… Continue reading