Thursday, June 30, 2016
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Monday, June 27, 2016
For a long time now I’ve been doing research on the
complex debate about God and the world, better known in some circles as
pantheism, panentheism, and classical theism. Here’s an ultra-brief summary of
a few of my present reflections. God is giveness. God is personal and
relational. God creates the world as a free choice and the world is related to
and distinct from God. The world is in God and God is in the world, yet God is infinitely
bigger than the world. God is engaged by the world and creatures in it, but is
not dependent on them to exist. The Divine is not emerging, nor in the process
of becoming. The world is not necessary for the Creator, but through creating
the world it becomes a necessity for God, if God is going to bring about
something better through it. Thus, God does not require the world as an
essential dimension of God’s Godness, though God is shaped by it and for it.
God is not dialectical in the sense that God is good and evil, free and
determined, fullness and emptiness, but God is dialogical in that communicative
action and passionate love are the theological heartbeat of who the giving of
the world God is.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Earthy everyday life is made up of our waking and sleeping, eating and drinking, going out and
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Saturday, June 18, 2016
If you’re looking for a compelling hermeneutical path between false options in the creation – evolution debate, and viable understandings of Genesis 1-3 for today, you might want to check out our book From Evolution to Eden.
Some excellent insights from Pete Enns.
Friday, June 17, 2016
Who am I? I am a human being who exists in time and story. I am a creature. I love and am loved. I am knower and known. I am limited. I am finite. I am sinful. I am not self-sufficient. I am not ultimate authority. I do not have the capacity to exclusively self-determine what actions I am free to do, nor what actions I am constrained from doing. I need Divine sources and referents to give wisdom as to how to be and be with others. Being human is subjectively objective – both inside of I and outside of I have a role in telling me who I am, but they don’t have the same degree of say so. Being human is to practice a hermeneutics of trust and suspicion across the whole of life, including my own I am. It simply won’t do to trust I and be suspicious of everyone and everything else. I cannot bear the weight without pretending and cheating. But who will see; who will invite me to a genuine integrity? Questioning my own perspectives of what I trust and what I suspect in light of a greater calling is an essential part of being human and it begins to respond to who I really am.
The debate about God being influenced or affected by humanity is well-known today. My wager is that God is not changed by humanity, but that God communicatively acts out of covenant trajectory for the whole world. This does not mean, on my account, that God does not relate to humanity contextually; God does, though God is not ultimately contextual. That is, God is already, within his covenantal being God, a God who has, is, and will take the context of humanity into consideration when communicatively acting. God’s character and actions remain related and distinct, yet God comprises them both in the One who is.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
It seems to me our culture is increasingly one of dislocation and fragmentation. Modernist notions of stability and permanence are rightly being shattered, as they were rooted in deception. In its place postmodern nomads now wander from here to there - to nowhere, but this is not merely a physical or geographical phenomenon, it pertains to the way folks live. False certainty has been replaced by false uncertainty. Flitting from this to that and back again is so common today. Many attempt to re-invent themselves by the hour. No home, no boundaries, no commitments – wandering. These powerful, persuasive, and misleading images are often peddled by our culture and embraced by the crowd. They leave us destitute and floundering. Such forms of the postmodern turn now need to be replaced by a God turn, where true images of what’s creationally and redemptively real abound and offer a safe space to be.