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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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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A Brief Theology of “Calling”

We are going to be thinking about calling and vocation here at Hopeful Realism. I’ve already offered an initial post on these themes: “Vocation as Pyrrhic Victory.” But what does “calling” actually refer to? The word “vocation” derives from the Latin vocatio, the base root of which is vox: “voice.” That’s important. Critically important. Christianity…

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When A Sermon Mystifies more than Explains

I love preaching. It darn near kills me, but I love it. In trying to be a better preacher, I am thinking more intently and prayerfully about the practice and theology of this curious, holy, frightful, and joyful discipline. One of the temptations I have found in sermon preparation is that of providing a full…

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