Instead of Asking, “Does God exist?”…

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

By |2020-01-27T14:38:21+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 [...]

By |2020-01-02T14:53:04+00:00January 2nd, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Gospel

Prayer in Process Thought

Do you ever wonder about prayer? Well ... duh! I’ve never met anybody who didn’t wonder about prayer. I mean, just what does it do? Sure, sometimes good things happen for people who pray, but so do bad things. And the same [...]

By |2019-10-26T10:23:10+00:00October 24th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Prayer in Process Thought

Order for an Agape

  “Agape” (uh-gah-pay) is the New Testament Greek word for “self-giving love.” In Christian tradition an “Agape” is also the name for informal meals and times of togetherness and mutual sharing. Many scholars believe that an Agape was the earliest setting for [...]

By |2019-10-08T12:17:10+00:00October 8th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Order for an Agape

How Does Jesus Shape Your Understanding of God? (Seminar on Process Theology w/ Tripp Fuller)

The question I was asked to address is “How does Jesus shape your understanding of God?” But I can’t separate that from this one: “How does your understanding of God shape your understanding of Jesus?” And since this is a session on [...]

By |2019-09-23T09:12:18+00:00September 17th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on How Does Jesus Shape Your Understanding of God? (Seminar on Process Theology w/ Tripp Fuller)

Pyre: On the Trinity

“God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir through God.“ (Galatians 4:6-7) “God is love, and those who [...]

By |2019-08-19T15:42:05+00:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Pyre: On the Trinity

The “Transjective”

Here is where some ancient and current Christian writers and some ancient and current Buddhists find agreement: Separate objects and separate subjects are not ultimately real. Yes, they are distinguishable, and we can certainly call them real in a non-ultimate sense, but [...]

By |2019-08-19T10:01:22+00:00August 19th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on The “Transjective”

A Brief Commentary on the Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed is the most widely accepted summation of Christian faith in the world. It was adopted, rejected, revised and finally adopted again by the majority of Christian leaders (bishops) in the 300s amidst a great deal of political infighting (some [...]

By |2019-07-31T12:56:18+00:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on A Brief Commentary on the Nicene Creed

Is God a Delusion?

[First written in 2007] Part I: On Dawkins’s The God Delusion* Richard Dawkins finds belief in God harmful. Given what he means by “God” and “belief,” he could be right. To his credit, he does seem to be talking about popular and [...]

By |2019-07-11T11:26:47+00:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Is God a Delusion?