Ethics for Online Theological Discourse (Learning from “the Rob Bell thing”)

COMING SOON: Beginning next week I will begin crafting posts centered around the theme “Toward an Ethic for Online Theological Discourse.”  I have heard N.T. Wright call for some serious thinking about an ethic for blogging, a call that any of us who are presuming we have something to say publicly within the cyber realm …

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Barth on the “Unthinkable” Reality of Church Disunity

I am certainly concerned with ecumenism, that is, the collaborative efforts to bring about international church unity.  But until reading a couple of Barth’s lectures published in The Church and the Churches [1], I lacked a proper sense of urgency. For Barth, there is only one Church.  There may be a multiplicity of localized faith…

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Preaching on Pornography

This is a risky (and maybe risqué) post.  Clicking “Publish” on this one is about to feel really awkard.  But the church is plagued not only with pornography but also with a reluctance to discuss it.  After almost 7 years in college ministry, I have found that struggling with porn is standard fare for most…

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Heaven & Bell: Joel Busby on “The Rob Bell Thing”

  I am avoiding any comments on the whole controversy erupting across the blogosphere re: Rob Bell until I actually read his book.  But I really appreciated this post by my friend and co-worker Joel Busby.  Good stuff.  And I pretty much agree with his preliminary take on all the goings on related to Bell’s…

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James K.A. Smith on Writing Theology

I just read two great blog posts by James K.A. Smith on writing.  In Writing (and) Theology, he expresses disappointment with the theologian’s tendency to focus on content to the neglect of form in their writing.  In (Unsolicited) Advice for Young (Theological) Authors he encourages us aspiring writer-theologian types to heed the wisdom of the…

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