A Lacunae in God is Not One by Stephen Prothero 1

A Lacunae in God is Not One by Stephen Prothero
A couple summers ago I quickly devoured Stephen Prothero’s book God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World – And Why Their Differences Matter. Prothero’s thesis, is that despite the best wishes of those beholden to the Perennial Philosophy, the world’s religions don’t all teach the same things or worship the same ...

Ontotheology and Radical Orthodoxy

Through my recent reading of the writings of James KA Smith, I’ve gotten interested in learning about the Radical Orthodoxy (RO) movement. I remember hearing about this in seminary, and in a Barthian context like Princeton Seminary, RO is a dirty word. The reason for this is that RO is highly metaphysical, basing its theological ...

Reading Notes – Foolishness to the Greeks by Lesslie Newbigin 2

Reading Notes - Foolishness to the Greeks by Lesslie Newbigin
What would it look like for there to be a missionary encounter between the gospel and modern Western culture? This is the question that Lesslie Newbigin seeks to answer in Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture. For the uninitiated Lesslie Newbigin is a man. If you refer to Newbigin as a she within ...

Reading Notes: Practicing the Way of Jesus – Life Together in the Kingdom of Love by Mark Scandrette

Reading Notes: Practicing the Way of Jesus - Life Together in the Kingdom of Love by Mark Scandrette
I first met Mark Scandrette in Glorietta, NM in the fall of 2005. I went to the Emergent Village national gathering, which was filled with bright-eyed wannabe postmodernists, most of whom hadn’t read a lick of Derrida, but were eager to lap up anything that was coming out of this exciting, revolutionary conversation. At this ...

Reading Notes: Homiletics by Karl Barth

Reading Notes: Homiletics by Karl Barth
I’ve just finished Homiletics, a book that is comprised of student notes taken on Karl Barth’s lectures on preaching at Bonn in 1932-33. Barth is famously quoted as saying – somewhat apocryphally – “a pastor should preach with a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other.” If Barth did say that, he had moderated that ...

Reading Notes: The Doors of the Sea by David Bentley Hart 2

Reading Notes: The Doors of the Sea by David Bentley Hart
The Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami of 2004 which claimed the lives of some 250,000 people raised once again the inevitable question: where was God? If He is good and powerful He surely would have stopped it, and since He didn’t God is either not good, not powerful, or does not exist. According to David ...

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part four) 1

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part four)
VI. The Last Three Petitions: Give us this day our daily bread, forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors, lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one” We pray first for God’s cause, but we can’t forget our own. But our cause comes after God’s, cause when we pray for God’s ...

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part three)

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part three)
IV. The Invocation: “Our Father who art in heaven” Praying to God as Our Father can evoke images of our earthly fathers, which in my case is an extremely positive image. I love my dad and look up to him. He’s patient, wise, and dependable. But he’s no God. For others, thinking of their dad is ...

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part two)

Reading Notes: Prayer by Karl Barth (part two)
III. The Lord’s Prayer and the Shape of Christian Prayer The particular form that Christian prayer takes is manifold – including intercession, supplication, thanksgiving, praise, lament, etc. – but the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) provides a template and shape for the whole of our prayer life. The Lord’s Prayer is our pattern for prayer because ...