Calvin & Coffee: Word — Spirit

[This is part of an ongoing series of posts I am calling “Calvin & Coffee”]   I just finished ch. IX in Book I of Calvin’s Institutes.  Here we see the insistence that Word and Spirit are conjoined in “an inviolable bond” [1].  Calvin has in his sights what we might would call “charismania,” an…

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Karl Barth and ‘Hopeful Realism’

I am reading Church Dogmatics VI.1, sections 57-59, and I just had a moment.  Okay, I have all sorts of great moments in reading Barth so far, but something that stood out this morning is the comment below.  The reason it struck me is because the hopeful orientation of the Christian to the incoming (and…

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Faith Without Illusions at Jesus Creed

I am just so grateful for Scot McKnight’s willingness to make posts on each chapter of Faith Without Illusions.  His comments and summations at Jesus Creed are so helpful even for me to read.  Access to the perspective of a senior writer and scholar on one’s work is quite a privilege.  If you want to…

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Article on “Hopeful Realism” at RELEVANTMagazine.com

I am so grateful for the folks at Relevant for posting another article.  This one is on  the idea of “Hopeful Realism,” the namesake of this blog and the main objective outlined in my book, Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint. The challenge on writing on the topic of cynicism is that I…

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Review of FWI at Englewood Review of Books

I was very excited to see that the Englewood Review of Books has posted a review of Faith Without Illusions on their website.  You can check it out here. It is both nerve-wracking and exciting to read these reviews.  The most interesting fact to report on the experience is that I always seem to learn…

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Review of Faith Without Illusions at Unsettled Christianity

Joel Watts is open about the fact that he struggles with cynicism.  So it is quite daunting to know that such a sharp, theologically astute young man with cynical leanings is reading Faith Without Illusions.  His blog, Unsettled Christianity, is one of the most visited biblioblogs out there, and he cranks out multiple posts every…

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