Theological Reflection

Taylor-Made: A Secular Age

I will move this to “best books” in a week or two, but for now, I want to add Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age to my list of books I believe every pastor should read.  This book came out in 2007 and I am embarrassed to say that it took […]

Which Jesus?

I wonder which Jesus we are hoping for this year?  Your initial reaction may be, “hold on, there’s just one Jesus!” to which I would reply “you haven’t been paying attention.”  Even in scripture we have no fewer than four accounts (canonical) as well as dozens (non-canonical) that offer us […]

Cross Talk

Two recent conversations (frustrating each in their own way) set me to thinking about the current landscape of Biblical and theological dialogue, debate, argument, and discussion (choose what works best for you).  In my opinion, we are spread across a spectrum of four main perspectives: At the left side of […]

Saturday Stillness (The Mind of Christ)

All is darkness.  Was Jesus sentient at all on the Sabbath?  It is a disquieting association –Sabbath rest with death, yet on this seventh day, Jesus rested.  At what point did resurrection occur?  We know when the followers experienced it, but when did it begin?  When did the pneuma — […]

Friday Festerings (The Mind of Christ)

Life contains a series of liminal points, thresholds we cross that can never be uncrossed, actions taken that can never be untaken, transformative occurrences that change everything for all time.  The inevitability of the cross increased in certainty from the moment Jesus was arrested in the Garden — everything in the ensuing […]

Thursday Thoughts (The Mind of Christ)

Can we truly imagine a death sentence, even of our own choosing?  What goes through one’s heart and mind when the narrow path forward leads to pain, anguish, violence, humiliation and destruction?  What sources provide the internal fortitude to face such an overwhelming crisis?  When such a terrible fate awaits […]