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 […]

#13 – The Crucified God by Jurgen Moltmann (My 100 Favorite Books)

Growing up, I was taught that Jesus had died for my sins so I could go to heaven when I died.  As for what to do once you believed and were assured your spot on the other side of the pearly gates?  Well, that was a bit more hazy beyond reading the Bible and praying […]

#31 – The Experience of God by David Bentley Hart (My 100 Favorite Books)

How do you picture God?  Who, or what, is God? Whatever people may say they believe, the way people talk about God points to a sort of God who is just a bigger or more powerful version of a human.  This is common between both Christians and atheist.  In common parlance, when God is spoken […]

Who do you trust? (Psalm 25, Weekly Word)

Who are the people in your life that you trust? Has anyone ever betrayed a trust?  How does that feel?  What would it take for you to trust them again? Read Psalm 25 The Psalm begins with a declaration of trust, “In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.”  After this the Psalm seems […]

Psalm 20 – Where’s Your Trust? (Weekly Word)

“Daddy, what is faith?” I forget exactly what we were talking about when Junia asked me this question.  Sometimes when I ask her to do something that appears risky, she hesitates, to which I say “Junia, have faith in me!”  She has never been comfortable in the water, so we are working on that this […]

#71 – Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God by Brian Zahnd (My 100 Favorite Books)

What is God truly like?  This is a question I have wrestled with.  My whole life I have heard people say, and have said myself, that God is a God of love and of justice.  Your sin deserves God’s eternal and unending punishment, or wrath.  You can avoid this punishment by trusting in Jesus for […]

What is Worship? – Psalm 18 (Weekly Word)

I preach 3-4 times per year at my church and have just been speaking with my pastor about the next sermon series I will be a part of.  The topic it is looking like I am going to be speaking on is worship.  With this topic, I am beginning to think about what I might […]

#79 – The Five Theological Orations by Gregory Nazianzus (My 100 Favorite Books)

I love the work of those great Christian thinkers who hammered out the Trinitarian understanding of God in the early Church, so I had to include at least one of their works in my list.  These early thinkers were so influential that I’d say we can believe God as a unity of three equally divine […]

#83 – The Idolatry of God by Peter Rollins (My 100 Favorite Books)

Is it possible to make God into an idol?  Yes.  Do you view God as some really powerful being who hates who you hate, who favors your nation, who basically echoes your politics?  Then your God is probably an idol.  Of course, we’re all tempted to take what we already think about politics, issues and […]

What’s Good? – Psalm 16 (Weekly Word)

“What’s good!” Some of you know the student who always says this when you see him.  Because I’ve heard him say this, I have found myself saying it to others.  When I read Psalm 16, the question becomes real – what is good? Read Psalm 16 1 Keep me safe, my God,     for in you I […]