CategoryTheology

Jesus Didn’t Hang Out With Anyone

There’s an interesting idea that has the flavor of pop theology which I often see used in the context of whatever moral topic du jour is being discussed. This notion usually runs along these lines: Well, Jesus hung out with sinners, so X… Now, “X” can be any number of different things, and while Jesus gets recruited for lots of different things, he seems especially prone to be pressed into...

Do You Really Want a Relationship Instead of a Religion?

One of the highly favored juxtapositions within some segments of modern American Christian thought is that of religion vs. relationship. The premise, as far as I have ever been able to divine, is that there is something about the content of religion that is somehow antithetical to the content of a relationship, specifically the “personal relationship” that is proposed between the believer and...

The Leash

Taking Luna for a walk is always- how shall we say this?– an interesting experience. She is still very much a puppy, and thus still very much interested in sniffing everything and chasing after every single leaf that blows near her. If she sees a bird or a bunny she is very much interested in chasing it. If we come across other humans (especially kids), she is very much interested in saying...

Worship Should be Boring

For all of its flaws, social media can often provide a covert yet revealing look into how things are perceived by means of what people choose to share and their reactions to what they share. No doubt previous generations would think us mad for perpetuating and participating in such unsolicited dispensation of opinions, feelings and the like, but they also didn’t have fun and mindless memes to...

Board of Silly Walks: Part 7

Climate change is quickly become one of those areas of discussion loaded with its share of shibboleths. As I’ve argued elsewhere, the term itself can be an exercise in equivocation at best, an excursion in begging the question in the middle, and a rhetorical cudgel at worst. Which, of course, makes it excellent fodder for the interwebs, especially in respect to the sewers of the world wide web...

How Art Keeps You In Purgatory

Beauty has a way of transfixing our attention, and in some cases even transfiguring it. Art in its myriad forms can promise transcendence, as it beckons the viewer to the Beauty behind all beauty. In this sense it can be a rung on the ladder to the divine; sometimes a stark and shocking vision of glory that shakes off the encrustation of the mundane, and sometimes a subtle and persistent reminder...

Two Weddings and a Funeral

This past Sunday the Gospel reading was from John 2 about the wedding feast at Cana and Jesus’ first miracle turning water into wine. Unique among the gospel writers, John refers to Jesus’ miracles as signs, and given the biblical penchant for presenting things in sevens, his Gospel contains seven signs. There is some overlap between the signs contained in John’s Gospel and the miracles in the...

Against Relevance

This past Advent was one of the saddest for me in recent memory. It had little to do with being extraordinarily busy or any sort of nostalgic incompleteness related to the season (we didn’t have time to decorate this year!). Rather, it had everything to do with Star Wars. Now, dear reader might suspect that I didn’t enjoy the movie. Nothing could be further from the truth, as I haven’t yet seen...

Against Public Music

In Fallout: New Vegas, you are an unfortunate courier who is shot in the head but has the fortune to survive it. For the remainder of the game you can choose to engage in various quests to find the man responsible. One major problem is that you live in a post-apocalyptic world which is still feeling the effects of a centuries old Atomic war. You not only have to contend with casino bosses who...

If The Church is Rockin’, Don’t Come Knockin’

If I ever manage to reach my golden years, I have great hopes of being a curmudgeon. A writer whose name I have forgotten mentioned that being a curmudgeon takes a fair amount of practice, and thus I consider this post an investment in my future curmudgeoniness. Being heavily involved in church worship and media production, I have the opportunity to view worship service post-mortems from a...

Do What You Will

For I know that there dwelleth not in me, that is to say, in my flesh, that which is good. For to will, is present with me; but to accomplish that which is good, I find not. For the good which I will, I do not; but the evil which I will not, that I do. (Romans 7:18-19 DRA) As St. Paul’s all too famailiar-in-experience soliloquy here illustrates, we humans often have great difficulty when it comes...

How To Be Oblivious

We all are oblivious from time to time, either missing what is right in front of our faces or forgetting the obvious that we should already know so well. We like to imagine that we are perceptive, but far too often our own preconceptions blind us to the reality that presents itself in unfamiliar ways. The term oblivious has an interesting etymology, coming from the Latin obliviosus, which itself...

Bad Trinity Formulations: Part 1

Getting the Trinity right is a difficult thing to do; in fact, given the utter transcendence of this mystery, it is and will forever be impossible to do so. At best our efforts aim at describing the eternal relations in as least inadequate a manner as possible. Yet the mystery of the threeness and the oneness of God is absolutely central to Christian theology, which means that while we will never...

How To Be A Luddite Iconoclast

I am convinced that one of the favorite pastimes for American Christianity is fear and self-loathing, and it is never afforded a better opportunity than when the Pew polling data on the state of religion in America comes out. Then come the predicable laments from some quarters about how the culture is packing up the hand basket to take a picnic to Hell, the rationalizations from other quarters...

How to Get God Wrong Wrong

Internet lists have become a rather ubiquitous (if not annoying) thing, and can range anywhere from the banal to… hmmm- well, whatever is slightly above banal. The best ones (by which I mean most amusing) are those which try to bring some sort of persuasiveness to an argument, either for or against something. And the cream of the crop naturally comes when someone tries to convince you that...

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