The Heresy of Racism, Part 2

I am well aware that the phrase “the heresy of racism” may strike readers as odd or even incorrect. The phrase was chosen purposely because how we think of ourselves as human beings is inherently theological (or ideological if one does not…

The Heresy of Racism, Part 1

I have never understood racism. The very idea of pre-judging a person’s value or worth based solely on skin color has always struck me as ranking on the highest order of stupidity—the kind of stupidity that is chosen and reinforced rather…

What's the Trouble

When you reflect on your situation—home, relationships, work—the easiest things to report are the troublesome things, or the extraordinarily good things. Both strike your awareness with more immediacy than the majority of things that just…

Dodging Reality and Embracing Fiction

Augustine of Hippo, perhaps one of the most influential Christians writers in Church history, made an observation about himself and the people of his own time that is remarkably relevant to our own. In his book, The Confessions, he describes…

Likeness of His death

“For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection…” [NKJV Romans 6:5] Although this text refers to our baptism, I found, just for a moment, another angle on…

Padre Kino

Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino was born August 10th, 1645 in the town of Segno in Northern Italy (close to Trent). Padre Kino, as he became known, studied Science and Literature and Religion at a school in Trent run by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits),…
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Wading into God's Restoring Work, Part 2

God cares about his creation and will in the end restore it after human beings have done the extent of damage we are capable of doing. This seems to be the risk inherent in creating adam and commissioning them to live and work on this world.…
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Wading into God's Restoring Work, Part 1

I have many good memories of water from family vacations. My father planned most of our family trips around stops at hot springs, rivers and naturally occurring pools. I have waded into water lots of times—hot, cold, warm. I remember being…
Resonant Theology in Public

The Evangel as Resistance

The good news of Jesus the Messiah is not necessarily good news to everyone. The Scriptures are replete with examples of how the Gospel (Greek: evangel) forces a decision from people for or against the Lord Jesus himself. As the Lord and his…

Encounter Paul, the Movie

Suppose you encounter a friend who says, “I just saw a ghost?” Would you believe him? Or another friend, childless, reports, “My late grandma came to me in a dream, and told me the Lord would grant me a child.” Would you believe that…
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The Shape of the Gospel, Part 2

The shape of the Gospel, as I argued in the prior essay, is real and rooted in the Person of Christ Jesus. The Christians did not invent the Gospel but sought to understand the depths and dimensions of the divine mystery of God’s Presence…
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The Shape of the Gospel, Part 1

One of truths which people in the modern era have tried their best to ignore (for they cannot eradicate it) is that the good news of Jesus Christ inherently possesses a certain “shape” that marks it off as unique. As an example, consider…
Resonance Theological Journal Community Life Theology

The Embrace of Affection

I am re-reading for at least the 4th time The Four Loves, by C. S. Lewis.  Once again I met the chapter on Affection, bathing in the warm embrace of this love’s character, happily recalling times in my past where Affection held me close,…
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The New in the Old

One of the distinctives of people and churches who are “evangelical” has always been submission to Scripture as God’s Word. Indeed, from the beginnings of Church history, regardless of differing conceptions about how to best interpret…

Reform and Re-form

The Spring issue, What is Evangelical? aroused in me so many useful thoughts about faith and practice, both personal and societal.  Every author brought something to bear on my perspective, some more surprising than others.  In sorting these…

Evangelical Knot

Deliver us, Lord God Almighty! Spur reform and bring renewal, The Power from the heavens, To turn people back to Father; For this we pray and work.   Praise you, Lord God Almighty! You grant showers of awakening, Divine…

Determinism and Free Will

How many times must you make a choice before you have chosen?  That question is the answer to the riddle of free will versus determinism.  To the theologically inclined, this problem arises in controversies of predestination, one of the most…

Rest and Virtue

The command to keep the Sabbath is not a reasonable one. This command made no sense to the ancient Romans and it makes little sense to us modern people—we who are enveloped in the pursuit of the next best piece of technology, addicted to the…