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Monthly Archives: January 2009

Theological Interpretation of the Gospel of John

In my ongoing studies in the gospel of John and my attempts to devote some time to theological interpretation, I have run across a few superb theological engagements with John’s Gospel. The most recent, and perhaps most accessible work on the topic that I’ve seen is Craig Koester’s new book, The Word of Life: A […]

Morally Basic Political Action

One of the key polarities that manifests itself in political discussions today involves the most basic evils of our time that must be courageously struggled against. In other words, positions and allegiances get defined by where one stands on particular things like abortion, war, or poverty. Regardless of where one stands on these issues they […]

Some (potential) Problems with Balthasar’s Ecclesiology

One way to understand the nature of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s “mood” as a theologian is to realize the way in which he seeks to view all of reality as fundamentally symphonic. Indeed one could characterize his whole theological career as an attempt to listen to as much of the “symphony” of creation as possible. […]

Around the Traps

Ben gives us a couple of extremely good posts, one on the late John Updike and the second detailing what looks to be an excellent collection of essays on the practice of theology in the latest issue of IJST. R.O. Flyer gives a perceptive analysis of the legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and tells us why […]

A New Look for an Old Blog

I’m not one of those serial-blog-appearance-changers, but every year or so I like to shake things up. I thought that for 2009 I might try something a bit more minimalistic and professional looking. Please share away if you have feelings about how my blog should look. And while we’re on the subject of blogging here’s […]

Reading William Stringfellow

I’ve appreciated Stringfellow’s work in An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land for as long as I can remember, but only recently have I started acquiring his works on a larger scale and devoting myself to reading them. Stringfellow, is, for my money the greatest lay-theologian to come out of the […]

Vinoth Ramachandra on Christian Faithfulness

There is a great interview with Sri Lankan lay theologian, Vinoth Ramachandra, the author of the excellent book, Subverting Global Myths. Here is a quote from the interview in which Ramachandra talks a bit about what he thinks Christian faithfulness means (or should mean) in our world: My fundamental conviction remains the absolute lordship of […]

Jesus, Divine Discourse, and Trinitarian Personhood: Some Jottings

1. All theological statements about God’s Trinitarian being must be ruled (regula) by the very particular history of Jesus Christ’s incarnation, life, death, resurrection, ascension, and promised parousia. 2.Thus, the historical realities of Jesus’s particular existence are, without remainder or qualification, definitive of the nature of God’s own eternal way of being God. 3. The […]

An Authoritative Guide to Fundamentalisms

Recently there have been some fun and casual tossings around of the horrific epitaph, “fundamentalist.” Fundamentalist is one of those lovely words like “liberal” or “stupid ugly butthole” that people often apply to others with whom they disagree in the hopes of shaming them into submission in the course of an argument. Now, given my impassioned […]

On Being a Prophet

First, if you are any of the following you cannot be a prophet: A Politician A Rock Star An Actor However, if you are any of the following you have a shot at becoming a prophet (though usually it will require you to leave these professions): A farmer A lawyer A soldier And if you […]

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Choosing Our History

One of the remarks I found most interesting in Barack Obama’s inaugural speech the other day was his claim that “The time has come to . . . choose our better history.” Now on one level this could be taken as an innocuous statement that we should in some sense prefer to affirm the noble […]

Complicity Revisited

In a recent post the issue of the complicity of theology bloggers in the world’s horrors has been raised. After all, how can you voice opinions about things being wrong with the world when you have computer to write about it on? Well, for anyone who cares, here is a post I wrote a while […]

A Comment on Church and Culture

Various theologians such as Kathryn Tanner and Ted Smith have argued against post-liberal theologians such as George Lindbeck and Stanley Hauerwas that the relationship between the church and the world cannot be thought of in terms of a confrontational encounter between two complete wholes. Rather the church’s own identity is always in flux being partially […]

A Plea for Anti-Empire Polemics

The last 8 years have been fertile soil in the U.S. for deploying anti-empire polemics. A key example of this is the long in production, but only recently released Evangelicals and Empire, edited by Peter Hetzel and Bruce Ellis Benson. The book engages Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s books Empire and Multitude, both of which […]

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