External Call, or Internal Ambition? The (Deceptive) Rhetoric of Vocation

Returning now to the ongoing series of posts on Calling/Vocation, I want briefly write about some of the greatest questions I have wrestled with in the move to England for a PhD program: Is the primary source of my desire to take up this venture God’s call or my personal ambition? Am I being beckoned…

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Zombie-Theology

I cannot think of anything more bizarre, more out of character, more ludicrous for me to write on than…. ZOMBIES. But for some reason, they have arrested my attention. Primarily, I am just wondering why they have become such a pop-cultural hit of late. Let’s face it: zombies are suddenly iconic. So I started doing…

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Sherlock Holmes, Pastoral Ministry, Hermeneutics, and the Holy Spirit

My wife and I just starting watching BBC One’s Sherlock Holmes. Watching Marvin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch interact on screen has been good fun. And darn it all, I just want to have a mind like Sherlock. I want to be able to observe and notice with such acuity. I want to have a brain…

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Vocational Decision as Colossal Failure

Part of the reason I am interested in blogging on the idea of “calling” is to offer a dirtier, grimier theology of vocation than the cheerier (and perhaps more marketable) versions that are readily available in pulpits and bookshops. The rhetoric of calling is often hand-in-glove with populist notions of personal fulfillment. Disney has informed…

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