The Social Implications of Salvation

The Christian’s aim, Rauschenbusch believed, was not to pass through an evil world in safety, leaving the world’s evil unshaken; rather, it was to seek a moral and religious transformation of humanity in all of its social relations.

Poor Happens

Poverty is not (proof of) sin.
Poverty is not a character flaw.
Poverty happens to people.

Theology, Humor Must Co-exist

I once heard Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, esteemed professor at Duke University, say the following: “I think it’s probably true that you shouldn’t trust a theologian who doesn’t have a good sense of humor. Theology and humor must co-exist.”

People Go Where They Know

As a teacher (regardless of the age group we teach), one task is to communicate to those who come each week that we are prepared for them.

The Theology of Extremity

What matters most to God? In recent years that question has grown larger and deeper at the center of my soul. My struggle to discern what really matters most to God has settled around a rather unsettling phrase: “the theology of extremity.”

Get Out of the House!

Last week we had a fire in our home. Our aged heat pump flashed out, blowing smoke throughout the house, tripping alarms and setting off smoke detectors. Thankfully, it turned out to be more of a minor inconvenience than a major disaster.