God Can’t: A Review

“We don’t need the bible to know evil sucks,” writes Tom Oord, who has now taken off the gloves in his forthcoming work, God Can’t. In what might be his most transparently honest work to date, Tom goes after the Golden Calf of Christian theology: the idea that God Can do anything. Hang on tightContinue reading “God Can’t: A Review”

The Beauty of Love: Learning from Thomas Jay Oord

As the events at Northwest Nazarene University continue to unravel in the coming weeks, I wanted to offer some positive words about my good friend Tom Oord, and perhaps introduce him to those who know the man of the books, but could also benefit from knowing the man behind them. It was the year 2003Continue reading “The Beauty of Love: Learning from Thomas Jay Oord”

Why You should Love Antiquarian Books

A prerequisite to loving old books is, of course, an enjoyment for reading. One can appreciate old books, collect old books, and admire the architecture of their spines and ornate cover designs without reading. But this is to love the value of the books or their aesthetic appeal. This is not the same as lovingContinue reading “Why You should Love Antiquarian Books”

A Poetic Essay: Writing Love & Poetry with Cixous

Helene Cixous, the philosopher, writer, thinker, novelist, poet…one with the uncanny ability to grasp the impossible and poetically narrate newer possibilities. As Derrida describes of her, “A poet-thinker, very much a poet and very much a thinker.” She writes the kind of poetry that describes the conversant and then leaves one asking, “what just happened?”Continue reading “A Poetic Essay: Writing Love & Poetry with Cixous”

Too Scared to Love: an Essay on Fear, Love & the Gaze

FEAR & GOSPEL “Perfect Love Casts out all Fear,” so the writer of the Epistle of 1 John tells us. In a world of so much fear, and so little love, one is left to wonder if there is indeed a perfect love that can handle the level of fear that seems to be inundatingContinue reading “Too Scared to Love: an Essay on Fear, Love & the Gaze”

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