Month: November 2008

Reading … Reviews Coming

I am getting back to some reading. Soon I will have some thoughts up about Ian Mobsy’s The Becoming of G-d, Dan Roam’s The Back of the Napkin, Scot McKnight’s The Blue Parakeet, and several others.

Let’s Get the Race Issue Right This Time

I feel like Michelle Obama. During her husband’s participation in the race to win the Democratic nomination she made the statement that for the first time in her adult life she was proud to be an American. Hyperbole we all hope(d). Tonight I sit in my hotel room still ruminating on the message Alton Fannin, the President of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, gave earlier this evening. I feel like saying something similar to our soon to be first lady. It would be something like, “For the first time in a great while, I am proud to be a Southern Baptist.” Hyperbole, not so much. Read More

The Voice New Testament

Modern Bible translations seem to appear on shelves with increasing frequency. Some projects find as their distinction the particular method employed when handling the translation of original languages. The Voice grows out of an appreciation for the Scriptures and offers a fresh contemporary narrative approach to reading the Scriptures. Read More

Irony and Christianity

Earlier this week I received an email from David Fitch. It contained my grade for the course I took, “Readings in Postmodern Philosophy and Theology,” he led with Geoff Holsclaw. One of those whom we read was Peter Rollins. I am hopeful I may be able to make it to Texas while he is on his current tour of the US. If not, I will hope someone will video at least a clip like Tony Jones did here. I have and continue to recommend How (Not) to Speak of God and The Fidelity of Betrayal. Listen carefully to Rollins discuss “Irony and Christianity.” He intends to work to decenter the irony we can lay claim to the gospel withouth a complete subjective transformation.

Believing the Worst About Those With Whom We Disagree

Long before November 4th I grew embarrassed. How could someone who professes a faith in Jesus, the Christ and contends for the rule and reign of God take to mis-information? For some reason “thou shalt not bear false witness” only applies to those with whom we agree. I did not grow up understanding the text offered such a loophole. But, this election cycle brought any number of illustrations we who claim to have a relationship with He who is the Truth find it hard to let the truth speak for itself.

Emily, always the insightful writer, offers her post-election thoughts. In the spirit of my last post, I thought it might be good to get another’s opinion. You would do well to read her post and engage her analysis. You may not like it. Yet, you need it. The Church needs it. The world needs the Church to “get this.”