Awakening Trustfully to All That Is Involved in Being Here: One Form of Christian Theism

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 |2019-07-16T13:22:27+00:00May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Awakening Trustfully to All That Is Involved in Being Here: One Form of Christian Theism

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

Pyre: God in Process

[This is for a group discussion on process theology at Pyre, a young adult collective supported by GraceUnlimited. There’s a more long-winded discussion here.] In one sentence, what is process thought? Reality constantly engages us as a boundless ensemble of ways of [...]

By |2019-05-24T10:24:04+00:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Pyre: God in Process

Being Here & God

What if God is the boundless, uncontainablely meaningful,* newly relational** way of being here?*** What if the most important thing God is doing is drawing my bounded way of being here toward uncontainable meaning and new relationality? What if faith in God means [...]

By |2019-06-22T10:38:44+00:00January 20th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Being Here & God

Portrayals of God in the Bible

OverviewSometimes the Bible presents God as a person like you and me, with much more power and knowledge, but not quite omnipotent or omniscient, subject to extreme mood-swings. God might not be the only person like this, but God demands exclusive loyalty. [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:39:44+00:00January 18th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Portrayals of God in the Bible

God-Talk in an Uncontainable World

Why do people engage in God-talk, in talking about God and to God? There are lots of bad reasons for this that can make people easy to ridicule: "The tornado missed my trailer—too bad about yours." "I prayed and got better—maybe your [...]

By |2019-05-14T19:39:56+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on God-Talk in an Uncontainable World

Why Some of Us Find God’s Reality Undeniable

However else we might try to describe God, Isaiah, Jesus, St. Paul, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Martin Luther, John Wesley, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Paul Tillich, Alfred North Whitehead, all the Southern Baptist, Catholic, Reformed and Episcopalian theology professors I ever [...]

By |2018-12-08T01:46:17+00:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Why Some of Us Find God’s Reality Undeniable

Opening to the Boundless: An Account of Contemplative Faith

Here's what I think I have learned from studying and reflecting on my faith tradition while learning to appreciate others:Faith traditions can begin for all sorts of silly reasons—for example, attributing weather to the moods of one or more temperamental, very powerful [...]

By |2018-12-08T01:46:09+00:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Opening to the Boundless: An Account of Contemplative Faith

Common Worship

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers”—Acts 2:42 (describing the first community of Christ-followers). On Sunday evenings we at GraceUnlimited continue the practice of the earliest followers of Jesus, gathering to open [...]

By |2019-07-10T11:13:02+00:00August 29th, 2018|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Common Worship