Archive for the 'Theology Notes' Category

To The Root

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Repentance is a call to the root, and hence it is not directly a call to change behavior, but rather a call to change what one trusts to live a full life.  Repentance will entail a redefining of what the good life is and it will entail a shift in reliance upon certain resources and […]

The Monstrous God of the Intellectuals

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Regarding the monstrous God of the intellectuals, Philosopher Paul Feyerabend, in Farewell to Reason, offers the following critique, which is centered upon Xenophanes’ critique of the supposed crude anthropomorphizing of the  Greek gods: ‘Far from human’, Timon calls the gods of Xenophanes- and he (it?) is indeed inhuman, not in the sense that anthropomorphism has […]

Abed’s Christology

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

He’s like E.T., Edward Scissorhands, and Marty McFly.

Drunk On Kierkegaard

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

I am mildly drunk on Kierkegaard. I read his ideas and I swear  my pulse quickens and new vistas of consciousness are opened. For those who don’t know, Kierkegaard is generally considered the father of existentialism, a philosophy that seeks to understand persons as unique and concrete, existing individuals as opposed to parts of a […]

To Be A Steward

Monday, March 8th, 2010

It struck me recently that being a steward, far from being a demeaning title that serves to remind us that we are living on someone else’s property, is actually a reminder of the exalted state for which we were made. God designed us to have our habitation in Him, and so, the only path toward […]

A Spirit Soaked Humanity

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

God structured us to function upon the presence and operations of His Spirit, such that we cannot be fully human apart from the Spirit. In the Fall we were closed off from the Spirit, we barred the Spirit from abiding and operating in the intimate recesses of our being. Through the Cross, the Son of […]

The Foundation of Our Love

Friday, February 5th, 2010

The knowledge of God’s love is the source and foundation of our love for one another. We cannot strengthen our love through bare strength of will. We cannot become more loving  by making love our conscious goal. According to how we are constituted, our love flows when we live in the conscious knowledge of God’s […]

A Six-Year-Old Flying a Jet Plane

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Our souls are deeper and more complex than we typically realize, and the ability to understand and master our souls is beyond our direct agency. I believe this is related to the restrictions God placed upon Adam in the garden. According to one strand of the Christian tradition, though Adam was created mature in form, […]

Critical Submission

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

I accept that no one is free from error, and yet I want to assert that human frailty is not an excuse to resist submission to those in positions of authority. As I see it, our submission is not most essentially to the person in authority, who is frail and fallen, but to the gift […]

Creative Co-Laborers

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

I imagine that God is pleased when we creatively apply the Gospel to the specific conditions of our lives. The Scriptures do not give us an exhaustive set of ethical rules to abide by. God apparently was silent on many issues, particularly ethical issues, that he could have spoken at length and in great detail […]