Esther 4:1-9

1 When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly. 2 But he went only as far as the king’s gate, because no one clothed in sackcloth was allowed to enter it. 3 In every province to which the edict and order of the […]

From God to the Bible

In our religiously pluralistic world, it is crucial for a religious person to have a response to the diversity of religious beliefs.  Natural theology is helpful in arguing for a Creator, but I fear human reasoning alone cannot take that next step in declaring what the nature of this creator is like.  We need revelation […]

Westphal and Onto-Theology Review

Merold Westphal’s book, Overcoming Onto-Theology: Toward a postmodern Christian Faith, is a collection of essays concerning onto-theology.  Westphal’s goal is to show the problems with the onto-theological project and why it should be abandoned.  Westphal has impacted my perspective on human faculties, and has opened me up to appreciate more postmodern thinking.  As successful as […]

Esther 6:1-11

1 That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. 2 It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to […]

My Christian Inclusivism

As a Christian inclusivist, I maintain that Christianity is the fullest revelation of God, but that people are able to receive salvation without professing to be Christian.  I believe the inclusivist position allows us to maintain traditional understandings of core Christian doctrines, while also acknowledging the force of a religiously plural reality.  We are to […]

Capitalism, Socialism and Christianity

It’s been interesting to hear people talk about politics and economics, and then comment on how Christianity should inform a political or economic perspective.  I definitely believe that one’s Christian faith should inform and direct economic and political decisions.  Jesus always gets pulled to one side or the other though.  Those who are liberal want […]

A thought on ‘Freeing the Nipple’

Clothing attire causes much area for confusion and disagreement and even judgement.  Especially when talking about women’s clothing attire.  Especially when talking about women’s clothing attire and the sexual implications.  I’ve recently heard of a movement called “Free the Nipple”.  The issue is women want to be able to walk around shirtless and show their […]

What Prevents Someone from Heaven?

How do I get to heaven?  That is one of the most common and controversial questions.  As important as an answer to that question is, my attention is elsewhere.  My attention is on what lurks behind that question.  I’ve been fascinated with the assumption that we don’t get to heaven as we are right now.  […]