Archive for September, 2011

This Golgotha of Nuanced & Subtle Academic Theology

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The following is an email I sent to my theology students for the Intro to Theology and Ethics class that I am teaching this semester. I sent this email because we just took a turn from C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity to a text titled, The Essentials of Christian Theology, edited by William Placher, which is […]

Becoming Ourselves Beyond Us

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

In recently rereading one of my many theological notes that I jot down on whatever I can get my hands on I came across the following: The essence of humanity is an eschatological reality called forth in Jesus Christ. Related to this idea I came across a passage from C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity where he […]

Salvation in the Body of Jesus

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Salvation is not an individual affair. It is not a direct line from God thrown to the individual soul. Our salvation is located in the body of Jesus, for he worked out our salvation in his body through utter reliance upon the Spirit. And through reliance upon this same Spirit we are incorporated into the […]

The Pouring

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

From all eternity was the Pouring, the Father forever pouring himself completely into the Son, and the Son completely pouring himself back unto the Father, the Father only knowing himself in the Son, and the Son in the Father. From all eternity the Father was perfect will and the Son was perfect response, and this […]

Betray Him With A Kiss

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

The Church in the flesh can love God for her own reasons and in her own ways, but ultimately she will betray him with a kiss.

Pray And Pull The Trigger

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

The thematic thread running through today’s lectionary was forgiveness, which struck me as both apropos and challenging on this day, the day of the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that fell the Twin Towers, that took down a plane in Pennsylvania, and that took out a wing of the Pentagon. It is […]

Not Unbridled Socialism Nor Self-Help Ideology

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

From time to time I hear conservatives who profess Christ talk about the need to shrink or get rid of welfare programs because welfare supposedly enables the poor by undermining their initiative to seek a better life. I don’t doubt that to some degree this is true, and I am quite sure that there are […]

There Is No Try

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

I just love that scene in Star Wars where Dumbledore says to Frodo, “Do, or do not. There is no try”. You really get the sense that Frodo took it to heart when he used a time turner to go back in time to prevent the dark lord Voldemort from creating the Death Star so […]