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 |2019-09-03T12:06:01+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: We ARE Christ’s Broken Body SHARING Christ’s Broken Body

“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 |2019-08-27T12:30:24+00:00August 29th, 2018|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Common Worship: We ARE Christ’s Broken Body SHARING Christ’s Broken Body

Questions from a Friendly Skeptic

Most of these are questions sent to me several years ago by a friend who was just getting to know me (I think they were recycled from a new atheist website.) He was and is an atheist who had once been a [...]

By |2019-05-24T10:15:05+00:00March 26th, 2018|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Questions from a Friendly Skeptic

Faith, Doubt and Reason

Every year a good number of first year students at Butler University choose to enroll in a two-semester core course called "Faith, Doubt and Reason." And every year I get interviewed by students who are writing their final papers for the first [...]

By |2018-12-08T01:44:57+00:00February 18th, 2018|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Faith, Doubt and Reason

God: All-Enlivening, All-Sustaining, All-Embracing, Not All-Controlling

For me, to believe in God is to awaken to reality as such as at once intimately all-enlivening, all-sustaining and all-embracing. The common reality within which I ultimately live, and to which I awaken, enlivens not just me but all things, sustains [...]

By |2019-05-24T10:10:29+00:00December 18th, 2017|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on God: All-Enlivening, All-Sustaining, All-Embracing, Not All-Controlling

Process Mindfulness

Be mindful of yourself, not as a fixed thing but as a way of newly interacting (very recurrent, very inclusive, but still a way of newly interacting). Likewise, be mindful of others, all others, whether like or unlike you, not as fixed [...]

By |2019-05-24T10:08:29+00:00November 27th, 2017|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Process Mindfulness