Naming What Keeps Me Going

In every moment I can awaken to a transformative, interpersonal-like communion with the reality wherein we and all others “live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). As one sort of process thinker, I can rightfully name this communion as newly [...]

By |2019-12-08T12:20:33+00:00July 6th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Naming What Keeps Me Going

Should We Stop Offering Wholeness?

“Most of the actually existing church acts as a type of drug den with the leaders being like the nicest, most sincere drug dealers. What we pay for are songs, sermons, and prayers that help us avoid our suffering rather than work [...]

By |2019-07-03T10:18:13+00:00June 26th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Should We Stop Offering Wholeness?

Triune God: Boundlessly Self-Othering Communion

In my version of process thought, the uniquely all-inclusive way of newly interacting (God) can just as easily be described as boundlessly self-othering communion—a way of interacting, in order to be newly interacting, must be inherently self-othering, and in order to continue [...]

By |2019-08-20T10:22:26+00:00June 25th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Triune God: Boundlessly Self-Othering Communion

Jesus Follower?

Actually, I tend to cringe at the phrase, “Jesus follower.” I often hear Christians use that phrase to shirk responsibility for all the detestable baggage that Christianity has dumped on the world. They don't seem to realize that quite a bit of [...]

By |2019-09-06T12:06:33+00:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Jesus Follower?

Process Theism & Deconstruction

Deconstruction may not be for everyone, but I find John Caputo’s writing on “God, perhaps” delightfully seductive. And I find it largely congruent with process thought. Indeed, it’s well documented that he and process theologian Catherine Keller seem to belong to a [...]

By |2019-06-25T11:50:47+00:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Process Theism & Deconstruction

Process Theism & Zizek’s Dialectical Materialism

Slavoj Zizek’s dialectical materialism is derived, he claims, from our experience of “the occurrence of an insurmountable parallax gap, the confrontation of two closely linked perspectives between which no neutral common ground is possible” (4). It asserts “the inherent ‘tension’, gap, noncoincidence, [...]

By |2019-08-12T11:50:20+00:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Process Theism & Zizek’s Dialectical Materialism

My Premodern/Modern/Postmodern Spiritual Practice

My spiritual practice is to awaken every morning to the inescapability of God, the reality* wherein I and all others “live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28), and articulating this awakening, as I’m doing right now, is an integral part [...]

By |2020-01-13T13:31:35+00:00June 20th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on My Premodern/Modern/Postmodern Spiritual Practice

Credal Meditation

Instead of simply reciting the Apostles’ or Nicene Creeds, GraceUnlimited offers this credal meditation at its Common Worship service. (Here’s the service leaflet.) We open ourselves, inquisitively, to the teachings of the ancient creeds: —that we and all others are beloved offspring [...]

By |2019-07-11T16:21:25+00:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Credal Meditation

Awakening Trustfully to All That Is Involved in Being Here: One Form of Christian God-Talk

For me and those spiritual leaders I most respect, faith, first and foremost, is awakening trustfully to all that is involved in being here. When I follow through with this as thoroughly and consistently as I can, it becomes one kind of [...]

By |2019-09-02T11:12:06+00:00May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Awakening Trustfully to All That Is Involved in Being Here: One Form of Christian God-Talk

A Prayer for Final Exams

Ever-Present Wisdom, in times of examination inspire our minds to respond truly and fully. Grant us courage to receive others’ judgments gracefully and creatively. And keep us ever mindful that nothing can separate us from the love your enfleshed life among us [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:38:25+00:00April 29th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on A Prayer for Final Exams