Barth: Collapsing Idealism & Cynicism

The message of Faith Without Illusions is that idealism is a farce and cynicism a dead end (“hopeful realism” is the recommended alternative). As previous posts indicate, I have been reading Barth’s Evangelical Theology (Busby is ahead of me—he read it last year).  Here is a quote from this great theologian in which both idealists…

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“Vox Vocis” # 8: An Interview with Cogito | Credo

I got to have a great chat with Calvin Moore at Cogito | Credo about cynicism and Faith Without Illusions.  He has posted the first half of the interview at his site where he is also sponsoring a giveaway of five copies of the book. (It warms my heart to here about book giveaways).

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“TORNADIC”: a terrible new vocab word

After providing links to my articles on God & Natural Disasters in the previous post, I found myself in the lower belly of my home with my wife and kids listening to one of those outdated relics from a bygone era—a “boom box.”  We were tracking the weather reports.  “Tornadic,” said the meteorologist. “Tornadic.” Do…

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God & Monsters: When Natural Disasters meet the Cross & Empty Tomb

I am so thankful for The Ooze giving me the opportunity to write a 3-part theological response to natural disasters.  The final post is up, and I argue that the only viable theodicy available to us is found in Good Friday and Easter.  Each part of the series is below and can be read in…

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Easter & the End of Cynicism

I am really impressed with the new website Cogito | Creedo.  And I am thankful that its director, Calvin Moore, has expressed interest in Faith Without Illusions.  For Good Friday, he has published a piece I’ve written on the Resurrection.  The open tomb of Jesus announces the end of cynicism…. I just love that thought. …

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“Sexology: Porn, Justice, & Redemption” (my talk at Samford Thursday night)

Tomorrow night at Samford (6-7p, Reid Chapel) I am addressing again some hefty subjects: 1) pornography’s distortion of the theological vision of sex and sexuality presented in Scripture and 2) the connections between pornography and social justice. If you are reading this, I obligate you to lift up a prayer. We tend to view pornography…

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Donald Miller: “The Church in America is led by scholars”… or is it big name personalities? (part 1)

Donald Miller asks on his blog “Should the Church be led by Teachers and Scholars“?  He opens with these succinct observations: The church in America is led by scholars. Essentially, the church is a robust school system created around a framework of lectures and discussions and study. We assume this is the way its supposed…

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Social Media & Theological Discourse [6]: Social Media and “Incurvatus in se”

So Andy has been working on “Social Media & Online Theological Discourse.” In these posts, we’ve been thinking hard about several things. 1) How does social media necessarily and substantially affect theological reflection? 2) Shouldn’t Biblical wisdom regarding the “tongue” be applied to the typing? 3) Shouldn’t the Christian social media community think carefully about…

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Review of Faith Without Illusions at TheMakingofMen.com

Miranda and I were so pleased to find this review of my book, Faith Without Illusions, over at a blog devoted to inspiring the spiritual maturity of Christian men in the church—TheMakingofMen.com. It is an intimidating exercise to read words others have written about my own written words.  In this case, however, I was very…

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