Evil, Good and God in Stephen’ Kings Desperation (Review)

Stephen King certainly knows how to tell a story which emphasizes the darkness and sin and evil in this world. In this book, an evil spirit (or something) is awakened under the ground of a small mining town in Nevada. This spirit/demon possesses human bodies and murders everyone in the town. It then captures a…

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 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…

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…

The Call of Abraham (Story of Scripture 2)

Listen to the Podcast: The Call of Abraham (Story of Scripture Episode 2) Let’s start with a question: How have you understood the story of the Bible? Do you move right from the fall of humanity in Genesis 3 to the coming of Jesus? There are hundreds of pages and years between Genesis 3 and…

Story of Scripture 1 – Beginnings

To listen to this podcast, go to Ancient Pathwayss - The Story of Scripture 1 Genesis 1:1-5 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said,…

Christmas, the Incarnation and Our Union with God

Christmas is days away.  I want to share a few thoughts on the incarnation, inspired by the writings of some of my favorite of the early Church Fathers.  Since I first discovered the early church fathers and mothers when I was in seminary, my faith has been enriched by reading them. God Became Human = Humans…

Goodness, God and Insights from Maximus the Confessor and Pseudo-Dionysius

*This post was first published in my newsletter. A little while ago I was sitting on campus with my friend George.  We were playing a game he had picked up at the Renaissance Faire while talking, as we often do, about God.  George and I disagree on some pretty basic things.  I believe the ultimate…