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The Painting

By: on October 11, 2012

A few weeks ago I was asked the question, “What is your favorite work of art?”  I responded immediately by telling the inquisitive person, “Return of the Prodigal Son” by Rembrandt.  Actually, it was an easy question.  For years now this painting which was skillfully created in 1668, has been the most essential piece of…

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“Smells, Bells and What the H – E – double hockey sticks?”

By: on October 11, 2012

To all those people doin’ lines,    Don’t do it, don’t do it. Inject your soul with liberty,    It’s free, it’s free. Salvation, salvation, salvation is free. Salvation, salvation, salvation is free.” As I pushed my cart down the cereal aisle today, the Cranberries’ song “Salvation” poured from the intercom speakers.  Before heading to the grocery…

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Overwhelmed by Overwhelmings

By: on October 11, 2012

 David Ford opens his book, Theology: A Very Short Introduction by writing about overwhelmings. As I understand it, overwhelmings describe various human conditions and experiences (love, war, poverty, joy, suffering) that are readily present in the human life and which require appropriate reflection and response. This reflection and response can easily be described as theology. …

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Worship, Ethics, and Evil

By: on October 10, 2012

The Westminster Shorter Catechism explains that the chief end of man is to “glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”  While, I have heard this line of theology repeated many times, I have never truly understood the scope of its theological depth.  To be honest, worship is something that has often been very difficult for me. …

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The Difference . . .

By: on October 10, 2012

“Asato Ma Sad Gamaya; Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya, Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya; Om Shanti Shanti Shanti”. This ancient Sanskrit prayer / mantra  is recited regularly by the philosophical Brahmin disciple to his Guru. It translates as follows: Lead Us From the Unreal To Real, Lead Us From Darkness To Light, Lead Us From Death To…

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“What Theology Found In Me”

By: on October 6, 2012

“Theology does not invent beliefs; it finds beliefs already among Christians and critically examines them.” This is one of the many helpful definitions of theology that Stan Grenz and Roger Olsen supply in their book “Who Needs Theology. Chapter 5 particularly reminds us that Christians already possess beliefs before they may even recognize that they…

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Mashup theology

By: on October 5, 2012

Who needs theology?“All do” (Grenz, Olson, p.46). Even @Justin_Buber www.Twitter.com/Justin_Buber and @KimKierkegaard www.twitter.com/KimKierkegaard Enjoy Mashup theology!

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“The Practical Side of Theology”

By: on October 5, 2012

The wisdom literature section of the Old Testament offers a very practical side of theology, speaking to the institute of marriage, the journey of becoming wise, and the reality of the vanity of this life. Books like Song of Solomon, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes each speak to everyday life. Song of Solomon One school of thought…

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Theology and Pluralism

By: on October 5, 2012

I walked past a Buddhist temple and watched devout individuals burn incense.  I observed Hindus in a ritualistic ceremony with a priest chanting ‘slokas’ and briefly watched a video on the glory of the Quran as I shopped at Mustafa, a famous Muslim store in Little India, Singapore.   My immediate instinct was to reflect on…

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Foggy Thinking

By: on October 4, 2012

When the weather shifts in the Northwest the mornings are cool and the days are warm. Fog happens. It blankets the scenery covering the waters, hovering over the trees tops mysteriously. When you travel through the fog you have to slow down to get your bearings. You are wise not to travel at the same…

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you might be wrong

By: on October 4, 2012

This week we were reading a book on the question ”Who needs theology? (by Stanley J. Grenz and Roger E. Olson). The authors are enfolding their answer to this question. ”Who needs theology? And their answer is quite simple: “All do.” (p. 46) So what is the book really about? Grenz and Olson are presenting…

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Theologians Don’t Know Nothing…

By: on October 4, 2012

About my soul. They thin my heart with little things And my life with change Oh in so many ways I find more missing every day http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el75UyYO554 Wilco in their song “Theologians” express the commonly held position from Christian folk thought to atheistic ambivalence about theology: it offers very little about the practical and complex…

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Theology and Discipleship

By: on October 4, 2012

GayMarie and I were always close, really close.  I never knew her mom or her dad but we were inextricably linked by blood and some magnetic relational chemistry.  Her mom was killed in an auto accident when GayMarie and I were about 4 years old.  After her mom’s death she and her baby sister went…

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The Christ of the Indian Road

By: on October 4, 2012

Despite the fact that India has had two millennia of Christian witness, and that coupled with the fact that Hinduism is openly inclusive, the Gospel has not taken roots in the heart of its people. Christians in every generation have continued to ask the question “why”.   That still remains one of the biggest challenges for leadership…

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Who Needs Theology? – I Do.

By: on October 4, 2012

WHO NEEDS THEOLOGY? I was tempted!  Into a 10 hour flight to Brazil, I began surfing the media console seeing  what movie options I had.  There it was – Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter!  No, I wouldn’t watch something so stupid, but yet it lured me in with the first line.  “History prefers legends than men.” …

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Aileen and Theology

By: on October 4, 2012

A few weeks ago I was on a 16-hour plane ride to South Africa. Sitting next to me was a 21-year-old college student, Aileen, who was spending three months in Namibia for a study abroad program. I generally try to avoid long, drawn out conversations with folks on a plane that I don’t know. That…

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Her Name Was Alice

By: on October 4, 2012

It was a dreary South Carolina day in the fall of 2001.  I had just left my New Testament Theology course and was wrestling with trying to understand the content which was just delivered.  In class that day our professor was trying to land the concept of the incarnation.  Specifically, what it meant for Jesus…

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The Leader’s Challenge: Get Team Members to Think

By: on October 4, 2012

In Who Needs Theology by Grenz and Olson, I identified with a story Olson told about a student who was struggling with understanding the concepts of Theology in his classroom.  The student asked if she could talk with Olson after class. She said “Why don’t you just tell us what the truth is about every…

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“pixels vs. picture”

By: on October 3, 2012

Grenz and Olson, in their book “Who Needs Theology?” introduce arguments for studying theology.  They also present some of the arguments that have been used against theology, such as the “Killjoy Objection.”  The authors present a scale from Folk Theology to Academic Theology and discuss the theologies in between these extremes; as well the intricacies…

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