Christians: Our Words, Beliefs and Teaching Matter because People Listen

We who are Christian leaders and teachers need to reckon with how our teaching and words are received. A lot has been written and said about the horrific murders in Atlanta committed by a white male. We need to listen and lament and mourn. There are voices out there much better than mine who have…

The Mystery of Christ by John Behr (Review)

John Behr is quickly vaulting to the top of my favorite theologians list. His book The Mystery of Christ is brilliant. Behr argues that the way forward, in our post-modern context, is to recover the patristic (premodern) way of doing theology. In this we look at the whole of scripture through the passion of Jesus.…

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…

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…

#3 – Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation by Kristin Kobes Du Mez (My Top Ten 2020 Reads)

This book is the story of white American evangelicalism’s love affair with hyper-masculinity and it is highly readable while managing to pack in a lot of history. Its also highly depressing and frustrating. I feel I grew up in the best of white American evangelicalism but as I look around, I fear the worst has…

The Moral Conundrum (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy 5)

A recent article in The Atlantic is just the latest of many analyses that demonstrate the devil’s bargain white evangelicals have made in their unequivocal support of Donald Trump. White evangelicals gave up their moral high ground to get Supreme Court judges. Those who have made the bargain thought throwing their support behind a narcissistic…

Are You a Christian or a Christian Nationalist? (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy Part 2)

This is the second post in a series on Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy. You can read the first post here. Growing up, we had American flags in the front of our church. It wasn’t until years later that I saw something deeply wrong with that. Looking back, what we were taught it meant to…