The word of the day is Judgment. More specifically, Divine Judgment and what to make of the Bible’s characterization of God requesting/demanding/perpetrating violent judgment upon humanity. I’m in the very early stages of booking an event for two scholars on violence in the bible to discuss the subject, so I took notice when acquaintance posted a review of one of these professor’s work, in which he tries to make a point that God’s judgment is
I know it has been a while since I’ve posted and I have actually picked up lots of new books in the past few weeks, but today I took my dad to my favorite bookstore that happens to be down the street from my house. Religion, white privilege, decolonialism, and (maybe) cultural engagement…
Healing Our Broken Humanity (Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill) is an excellent* book for a small group study that is seeking to reinvent or reinvigorate their church’s action in the world. As I initially looked at these topics, I realized that chapters 2 through 9 were in the opposite order that made me comfortable. To begin with lament, repentance, and relinquishing power are very foreign concepts to me as a white, cis-hetero, Christian male. It is much easier for me to discuss “community life” and “reconciling relationships” because these are more abstract areas that do not have a direct challenge to my life. This order however demonstrates the…
It is past midnight and I am too excited to sleep (I need to though- I am supposed to help all morning at my kids’ preschool at 8:30am).
I am finishing my presentation for a class on Christianity as a World Religion. The seminar is presented by a local interfaith association to the community and I’ll be covering ALL. OF. CHRISTIANITY. in 90 minutes.
I love this type of audience because I get to talk about Jesus and a life of faith with people who do not have all of the baggage that I’m used to dealing with…
Oh glorious morning! An unexpected new single from mewithoutYou! They have been one of my favorite bands from the last decade because of their unique sound and imagery that’s woven throughout their material.
I’m going to explain a few of the references and then give my take on what I think the overall meaning could be.
In 1953, J.B. Phillips wrote a book called “Your God is Too Small”, in which he first describes the various ways we “undersize” God and the issues those assumptions create before opening into the necessity for an “adequate” sized God that captures both transcendence and immanence. It is an essential exercise to de-tangle the conceptions we have of God from the character of God. In the ambiguity of God’s presence, it is natural to fill in the blanks based on the template we choose. But the danger inherent in this is what to do when our real life collides with the template we have inherited.
One of the first sermons that I remember preaching was about identity. How each of us carry these multiple layers of meaning by which we relate to the world and the world relates to us. Some of these layers we have inherited or have been given to us by others, while others are ones that we have worked for and strive to maintain. Some are harmful and some are helpful, some speak to the truth of who we are while others perpetuate a false self.
Religion provides adequate reasons for suspicion for activists to consider them allies. Within the United States, Christian theology and scriptures have been used to support policies and social structures which run counter to the goals of Liberation, Autonomy, and Self-Determination. In countries where another religion possesses the majority, similar forms of fundamentalism and tacit (or overt) theocracy exist as well. If, in our quest for realized justice, we are addressing elements ingrained in the fabric of society, institutional partners must also be included and changed.
The history of Christianity is notoriously lacking in its recognition of female leaders as well as in acknowledgment of the influence that they may have had upon other well-known figures in the development of the faith. By intentionally seeking out these underrepresented figures, we can see that not only were they present but they contributed in major ways despite social constraints.