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Confessions of an Introverted Church ...

Confessions of an Introverted Church Member
I test out as an introvert on the Myers-Briggs type indicator. And by that I mean seriously introverted. I have 99% of the signs and characteristics of this personality type, and probably a few additional ones that would fascinate the psychological profession to no end. Some people are surprised to hear this because I am a litigator. A lawyer [...]

A Theology of Church and State?

A Theology of Church and State?
Part of what I’m trying to do during my blogging hiatus is to develop a more refined theology of church and state. As I’ve wrestled with 3-4 particular issues during the last few months, its occurred to me that my whole way of thinking about this subject is more underdeveloped than I would like. In dealing with the subject, I’m already well-g [...]

A New Kind of Christianity #10: The W...

A New Kind of Christianity #10: The What-Next Question
[This is the tenth – and final – part of a multiple-post review of Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christianity, which I introduced here. In the book, McLaren sets out the ten questions that he believes are reshaping Christianity in the West.] McLaren’s book concludes with this question: How can we translate our quest into action? He make [...]

RSG 2: The Claim of Resurrection

RSG 2: The Claim of Resurrection
[This is part 2 of a series of posts that summarize NT Wright’s argument for the historical validity of the resurrection of Jesus in The Resurrection of the Son of God.  You can read my overview of his argument here.] For me, the best place to begin an explanation of Wright’s argument is with his account of what, exactly, early Christi [...]

RSG 1: An Overview

RSG 1: An Overview
Over the years, I have found a lot of books useful on my spiritual walk, but very few (perhaps no more than 1 or 2) have had more influence than NT Wright’s The Resurrection of the Son of God. RSG arrived at my doorstep at a time when I was ready to piece together some big questions about God, the nature of scripture, and the Christian hope. [...]

Why Did Jesus Die?

Why Did Jesus Die?
Every year, during Holy Week, the atonement wars seem to heat up in the media and in the blogosphere. Its a regrettable situation. Of all times of year, Holy Week is hardly an appropriate season to strike up a debate over whether penal substitution is or is not the definitive explanation for Christ's atoning work. For that reason, while I [...]

Do Our Pastors Say What They Really B...

Do Our Pastors Say What They Really Believe?
Richard Beck over at Experimental Theology is linking to this paper, written by Daniel Dennett and Linda LaScola from the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. In the paper, they describe LaScola's interviews of five pastors/preachers who are secretly atheists. These five – all self selected for the study, of course R [...]

A New Kind of Christianity #5 –...

A New Kind of Christianity #5 – The Gospel Question
[This is the fifth part of a multiple-post review of Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christianity, which I introduced here. In the book, McLaren sets out the ten questions that he believes are reshaping Christianity in the West.] Having considered the nature of God in question 3 and the nature of Jesus in question 4, one might expect McLa [...]

On Dragon Skin, Scab-Picking, and Spi...

On Dragon Skin, Scab-Picking, and Spiritual Dentristry
Sheila and I co-teach a young adult bible class with Pam Rowley, one of the pastors at our church. Several weeks ago, the class decided to read through C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity together, and tomorrow, we plan to wind things up with a summary of Lewis' closing thoughts. We're also going to read an excerpt from The Voyage of th [...]

A New Kind of Christianity #4 –...

A New Kind of Christianity #4 – The Jesus Question
[This is the fourth part of a multiple-post review of Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christianity, which I introduced here. In the book, McLaren sets out the ten questions that he believes are reshaping Christianity in the West.] Who is Jesus? Why is he important? Is Jesus the victim of identity theft? These are the issues that are at st [...]