The Resurrection of Jesus

The earliest testimonies to Jesus’ resurrection are exasperatingly divergent. Attempts to harmonize them inevitably look forced. But they display some common themes: 1) After his shameful execution Jesus somehow started showing up. 2) His showing up somehow engaged all the senses. 3) [...]

By |2021-05-07T11:50:21+00:00May 6th, 2021|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on The Resurrection of Jesus

My 1990 Outline of Christian Faith

This is how I outlined my own understanding of Christian faith in 1990 as I was considering how I might teach a course in systematic theology. I stumbled across it recently while rummaging through some old files. It follows the example of [...]

By |2021-05-07T09:25:34+00:00April 21st, 2021|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on My 1990 Outline of Christian Faith

My Lifelong Faith Experience

Since early adolescence (maybe earlier), while asking all sorts of critical questions about what I have been told to believe, or not to believe, I have never been able seriously to deny the ultimate goodness and presence of the ultimate power that gives [...]

By |2021-04-24T07:47:37+00:00April 11th, 2021|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on My Lifelong Faith Experience

Grace & White Fragility

Here’s a passage on grace from a very famous sermon by Paul Tillich: Sometimes ... a wave of light breaks into our darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying: “You are accepted. You are accepted, accepted by that which [...]

By |2021-03-04T16:20:30+00:00March 4th, 2021|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Grace & White Fragility

Experience, the Immeasurable, & God

You've been fairly warned by the title that I'm going to be saying something about God, and what I take to be shareable experiences of God. (Here are some noteworthy examples to which I’ll refer several times.) But first I'm going to [...]

By |2021-05-03T07:38:26+00:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Experience, the Immeasurable, & God

What Does the Bible Say about Itself?

What Does the Bible Say about Itself? Strictly speaking, nothing. The Bible we now have contains no statements about “the Bible.” When the texts we now have were written, the contents of the Bible (the “canon”) were still being debated by both [...]

By |2021-02-21T13:40:09+00:00November 21st, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on What Does the Bible Say about Itself?

God Is Like/UNLIKE Any Other

Isaiah 44:6-8 Most scholars have concluded that this section of the book of Isaiah (called “Second Isaiah,” written decades after the first section) is one of the earliest suggestions of what we now call monotheism: “besides me there is no god,” says [...]

By |2020-11-02T10:10:56+00:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on God Is Like/UNLIKE Any Other

Beyond Our Echo Chambers?

This is a sermon I preached at Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, in 2017. We are still wrestling with this dilemma: “One person's breaking news is another's fake news. For every fact you trust, somebody else trusts ‘alternative facts’ ... Is there any [...]

By |2020-10-27T11:07:46+00:00October 27th, 2020|Categories: Theological Musings|Comments Off on Beyond Our Echo Chambers?