Facts Aren’t the Half of It

I want to revisit an incident that I’ve commented on before, but add a new chapter. It was the 90s. I was on staff at 1,600 member church. It was well known as a congregation where both theological and political liberals and conservatives sat and studied side by side with relative comfort. That was achieved …

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Crossing the Exclusion Zone

If you haven’t read the previous reflection on Josh.2:4, Follow God, but not too Close, go back and read it now, because I’m not going to turn that soil again. But as I was writing it, I realized that some people are going to find a “gotcha” in my description of an “exclusion zone of …

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Christ as Theoretical Construct Rather Than Person

Since I've gotten back to the first half part of vol. 4 of Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics and have been posting about it, a friend sent me a note pointing me in the direction of Adam Neder's book, Participation in Christ: An Entry Into Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics. Since both Eastern Orthodoxy and Adam Neder …

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The Cultural Kitsch of Contemporary Personhood

Over the last couple of months I have been trying to write about the Orthodox understanding of the person. But every time I go back and look at what I’ve written, I abandon it because without a broader context, it sounds like propaganda, or even hate speech. Recently Jonathan Pageau posted a forum discussion with …

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