Sex Is Divine—Act Accordingly

“My beloved thrust his hand into the opening, and my insides ached for him. I arose to open to my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh, upon the handles of the bolt” (Song of Solomon/Song of Songs [...]

By |2020-07-06T08:00:23+00:00July 5th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Sex Is Divine—Act Accordingly

Centering/Decentering Prayer

Here’s a spiritual practice I commend. It’s very indebted to a popular practice known as centering prayer. But I find the word “centering“ somewhat misleading. It seems to me that my Christian faith teaches that to center on God, or on Jesus, [...]

By |2020-07-04T14:20:21+00:00July 4th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Centering/Decentering Prayer

Being Right Here: How “God” Is Like a Pronoun and Why That Matters

“God” isn’t exactly a pronoun, but like pronouns, the word has often functioned, at least partly, as an “indexical” term: “Indexicals are linguistic expressions whose reference shifts from context to context: some paradigm examples are ‘I’, ‘here’, ‘now’, ‘today’, ‘he’, ‘she’, and [...]

By |2020-07-03T13:02:35+00:00July 3rd, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Being Right Here: How “God” Is Like a Pronoun and Why That Matters

Gordon Kaufman’s “Creativity” & Process Theism

[This is for a course where some of Gordon Kaufman’s works have been assigned.] Gordon Kaufman eventually came to identify God “as the creativity manifest throughout the cosmos”—In the Beginning … Creativity (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004), p. 48. This certainly converges with [...]

By |2020-06-28T11:04:02+00:00June 20th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Gordon Kaufman’s “Creativity” & Process Theism

Speaking of God with Good Reason

I speak of God  with good reason when I awaken to manifestations of an ongoing dialogical relationship involving the uniquely all-inclusive reality* (God**) with all less inclusive realities.  These manifestations are moments of varying intensity where this dialogical relationship seems inescapably here. [...]

By |2020-07-05T11:09:33+00:00June 15th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Speaking of God with Good Reason

Process Thought’s Reframing of How We Think of Freedom & Determinism

In process thought, things, properties and even the most universal of natural regularities are somewhat repeatable ways of newly interacting, “eddies in the constant flux of process.” No matter how stable or fixed they look, they never fully describe the novelty involved [...]

By |2020-05-31T13:41:28+00:00May 31st, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Process Thought’s Reframing of How We Think of Freedom & Determinism

The Book of Jonah as Parable (A Discussion Starter for Pyre)

[Excerpted from John Dominic Crossan, The Dark Interval: Towards a Theology of Story (Salem, OR: Polebridge Press, 1988), pp. 42-43, 55-59, 105.] The book of Jonah places a parable not only against the entire prophetic tradition but against the very heart of [...]

By |2020-05-30T13:25:13+00:00May 30th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on The Book of Jonah as Parable (A Discussion Starter for Pyre)

Instead of Asking, “Does God exist?”…

Instead of asking, “Does God exist?,” let’s ask, “How shall we interact with that wherein we and all others ‘live and move and have our being’ (Acts 17:28)?” It’s too late even to ask about the reality of that wherein we and [...]

By |2020-05-23T11:35:21+00:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Instead of Asking, “Does God exist?”…

Keeping the Good News Good

  [This was originally a brochure written in 2004—Fr. Charles] “God is love, and those who dwell in love dwell in God, and God dwells in them.”—1 John 4:16b “Christ is the Logos of whom all people were partakers; and those who [...]

By |2020-01-24T15:35:09+00:00January 24th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Keeping the Good News Good

Gospel

No matter how odd, no matter how broken you seem to be, you are already embraced by what I and other Christians have come to name the All-Embracing Communion of God's Spirit in Jesus Christ, and that embrace is already drawing you relentlessly to embody all-embracing communion in your life here and [...]

By |2020-05-24T19:57:07+00:00January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Gospel