The Lamb of the Nonviolent God (Book thoughts)

This week I finished Sergius Bulgakov’s The Lamb of God as well as J. Denny Weaver’s The Nonviolent God. As someone who appreciates both Orthodox theology (Bulgakov) and Anabaptist theology (Weaver) it was interesting to read these books at the same time. They are quite different. Bulgakov’s is heavy and challenging, its a weighty tome…

Is God Violent? Reading the Bible Through a Jesus-Shaped Lens (Story of Scripture 8.5)

Listen to the podcast. Its my longest one so far (29 minutes!) and probably more fun to listen to than to read. But if you’d rather read, here’s the script: Intro Hello and welcome to the Ancient Pathways Podcast. We are going through the story of scripture, from God’s creation through to the call of…

The Conquest of the Land (Story of Scripture 8)

Check out the latest episode of the podcast: Conquest of the Land. You can find the podcast on Spotify, ApplePodcasts and Stitcher. Or go right to the website here: https://ancientpathwayspodcast.buzzsprout.com/ Pause: Do you think God has ever ordered the death of people? If so, do you think God still does today? Is your view of…

God’s Law Part 2 (Story of Scripture 7)

Check out the latest episode of the podcast: God’s Law Part 2. You can find the podcast on Spotify, ApplePodcasts and Stitcher. Or go right to the website here:https://ancientpathwayspodcast.buzzsprout.com/ Pause: Do you think the Bible is easy to understand? Should it be? What are the toughest questions people have asked you about the Bible? Last…

Partakers of the Life Divine: Participation in the Divine Nature in the Writings of Charles Wesley by S.T. Kimbrough Jr. (Review)

My life in the Christian Church and among Christian churches has been kind of all over the place. I have noticed though, that this is kind of the norm for Protestant Christians in America. We who grew up in the evangelical subculture were more bound together by Veggietales cartoons and CCM music than any denomination…

God Gives the Law (Story of Scripture 6)

Listen to the podcast here. This week we are diving into the Law! Our story began in the beginning, with God’s good creation. This good creation was broken through human sin. God launched a rescue operation, calling Abraham to bring blessing to the nations. Abraham’s descendants, Israel, ended up enslaved in Egypt and God liberated…

Setting the Prisoners Free: The Book of Acts and Mass Incarceration

The Book of Acts is the story of the early Christian movement after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. Right after Jesus ascends into heaven, the Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost. The disciples, filled with this new power and energy, begin performing signs and wonders and preaching that the crucified Jesus is risen. They are…

God, Sexuality and the Self by Sarah Coakley (Review)

This is everything a work of theology should be and upon completing this book, Sarah Coakley has valued into my list of favorite theologians (yes, people like me have such lists). Granted, I have not read any of her other work, but I am looking forward to reading more. At the very least, I hope…

God Dwells (The Story of Scripture)

Listen to the podcast here. Recap - Let’s do a brief recap to remind us of where we are in the story. God created a good world and placed human in it as God’s image bearers. Humans were created with a purpose: to care for God’s good creation and to be creators as well, bringing…

How to Fight Racism by Jemar Tisby (Review)

I forget precisely how I discovered Jemar Tisby’s first book, The Color of Compromise. However I found it, I read it and thought it was brilliantly well researched, eye-opening and challenging. It was a work of history that shined a light on things too long left in darkness and has become the first book I…