I hear the world UNITY a lot in Mennonite Church USA these days. I suspect it is because the possibility of division rooted in disagreements looms large. In order to hedge against that reality, there are many calls to unity. It’s not that I don’t believe unity is God’s plan and purpose. I believe itContinue reading “Avoiding the idol of unity…”
It is part of our human condition that we can only access universal truths through particular traditions – Jens Zimmermann
Christian theology is a theology of liberation. It is a rational study of the being of God in the world in light of the existential situation of an oppressed community, relating the forces of liberation to the essence of the gospel, which is Jesus Christ. This means its sole reason for existence is to putContinue reading “In light of Ferguson, MO: Theology, liberation and gospel”
What does N.T. Wright’s answer here say to Mennonite Church USA’s ongoing discernment regarding homosexuality and a, perhaps, looming split?
My Facebook and twitter feeds are exploding over the SCOTUS decision that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. One of the big fears is that religious institutions will now be forced to perform same-sex marriages or risk being in violation of anti-discrimination laws (and in some cases, hate crimes). As a pastor I believeContinue reading “The sky is not falling…”
The advance of the church throughout the world has suffered somewhat, not only from decline in numbers attending, particularly in Western countries, but also in a lack of confidence in the propriety of leading others to Christ throughout the world. Many Christians are struggling with an identity crises. Are we really meant to go outContinue reading “Quote of the Day”
I have two posts up over at the The Hardest Question (a lectionary preaching site that I contribute to a couple times a year). While THQ is a preaching resource site, the posts are relevant to folks who aren’t preaching, too. These two deal with two different Bible texts related to God’s role inContinue reading “The Hardest Question”
Open theism is a theological position concerning the nature of God and the future. The term is growing in its use because the theological position is growing in popularity. If you have heard the term and don’t know what it means, here is an excellent summary by Greg Boyd.
At the Roman Catholic parish in my town, congregants coming to the mass were greeted with these words; Please note. The distribution of the precious blood is being suspended in the interest of health. As soon as the flu season has passed, distribution of the precious blood will be resumed. It is also asked thatContinue reading “Flu virus 1, Jesus 0”
Theodicy is the official name for the oldest theological conundrum. If God is all powerful, and all loving, why is there evil and suffering in the world. The answers are numerous – some more satisfying than others. Recently, Alan Chambers of Exodus International, sparked my reflections on what I’m calling gay theodicy. ChambersContinue reading “Gay Theodicy”