The following is a sermon I preached in year B this past summer. In my ministerial context, sermons are generally 20-30 minutes. This one is on the 30 minute side due to the pedagogical material at the front of the sermon. I hope this helps you wrestle with this very short Markan parable as muchContinue reading “Parables: Stories About the End of the World”
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The Christ Aporia: his last name is not Christ and he’s not your friend
Aporia…confusion is of the devil, but aporia is of the Father -this is the least one can say about a definition of the Christ, a symbol as rich as it is dense, as familiar as it is foreign. Or one can say it as John Milbank does in his seminal text, The Word Made Strange,Continue reading “The Christ Aporia: his last name is not Christ and he’s not your friend”
Who needs the death of Jesus? We have Facebook
The widespread use of twitter, tumblr, Facebook, etc, and the past success of the movie “Social Media” and the accolades it received across various Hollywood awards shows should have gained the attention of the church and thoughtful followers of Jesus. Yet, this is not the case. Normally, us self-professed Christian folk can dismiss the latestContinue reading “Who needs the death of Jesus? We have Facebook”
The Perverse Core of Atonement: Sacrifice or Relationship?
For me, all doctrines and dogma are “fair game” and worth critical examinination. A faith that is not able to withstand questions is an antique to be admired, not a faith that dares to walk and encounter the world with us. The atonement, by virtue of its function in faith and theology, cannot be anContinue reading “The Perverse Core of Atonement: Sacrifice or Relationship?”
Other-Wise Atonement: Thinking about the Human Sacrifice of Jesus
In the past week I have had three conversations with fellow Brothers in Christ in regard to our ideas of atonement and its relationship to ministry and life. Chief among these concerns has been the reality that more and more folks, especially folks under 30 (I am 31 FTR) are abandoning organized religion and churches.Continue reading “Other-Wise Atonement: Thinking about the Human Sacrifice of Jesus”
“I See Dead People”: Zombie Apocalypse or Resurrection of Jesus?
At the core of Christianity is a belief in the para-normal; there is nothing more para-normal than resurrection. Can we at least agree on this one point before you read the rest? The recent craze over the “zombie apocalypse” has got nothing on dead people coming out of tombs. Long before Woody Harrelson and “Zombieland,”Continue reading ““I See Dead People”: Zombie Apocalypse or Resurrection of Jesus?”
Did the First Christians Worship Jesus?
On occassion I will also post reviews to ParanormalChrist…Here is the first of many installments. This is a book review I wrote and was published in Review and Expositor: A Baptist Consortium Theological Journal over James Dunn’s little monograph, “Did the First Christians Worship Jesus?” This an edited and amended version so as to make my points,Continue reading “Did the First Christians Worship Jesus?”