Category Devotion

On Being a Broken Christian

These will just be some introductory comments On Being a Broken Christian. Where to start, really? But I wanted to simply address an underlying problem, as I see it, attending the evangelical churches in the main. Most commonly the doctrine of perfectionism is associated with Wesleyan or Methodist Perfectionism. R.C. Sproul[1] writes of perfectionism: An […]

The Depth of Sin

10 As it is written:“There is no one righteous, not even one;11there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” 13 “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.” “The poison of vipers is […]

Jesus is Not a Tradition: Relational Theology as Counter to the God of Theo-Logic Chopping

Jesus is not a tradition. This is important to understand for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons is that realizing this can help us in the way we end up doing theology; it can help the way we engage with and read Holy Scripture. This is an important thing to understand about my […]

Seeing the Depth of My Sin Through the Depth of God’s Love Pro Me in Christ: The Apostle Paul, Webster and Barth

I don’t know about you, but I grow weary of sin. I (we) face an ongoing battle every breath that we take. Whether it be perverse thoughts, dark deep secrets that plague the conscience, actions that result in destruction for you and all those related to you, systemic evil that permeates the very fabric of […]

Reading the Bible in Participatio Christi, In Participation with Christ as the Form of Dialogical Theology: With Reference to John Webster

When we read Scripture as Christians it isn’t a matter of simply finding all of the neat little literary nuances, or distilling all of its inner-logical reality for all its worth; in other words, for the Christian reading Scripture is not an intellectual exercise alone. To read Scripture for the Christian, first and foremost it […]

Some Personal Reflection On What it Means to Be A Christian After Barth’s Isenheim Altarpiece

I was going to write a piece, simply, On Being a Christian; but I was reading Barth, and instead I thought I would report on his interpretation of Grünewald’s Isenheim altarpiece. His exegesis aligns with what I really wanted to say on being a Christian; only better, of course. Barth shares his insight just as […]

The Scripture Principle: The Word’s Reality and its Generation of Passion

Karl Barth was a theologian who understood the most important thing about theology; he understood that if the theologian is going to speak about God, that he or she will only be able to do that after God has spoken (Deus dixit). As a Reformed theologian, and thus as a theologian of the Word, Barth […]

The Motion of God’s Life; A Stillness that Only Christ Knows for Us: A Reflection in a Self-Aware Mode

I often come into these self-reflective moments; do you? Well I’m in one right now, and want to write about what’s on my heart. It isn’t actually a tangible thing or idea; it is more of a sense of awareness that I am being hit with—almost like an out-of-body experience, but not really. Moments like […]

Living in the ‘Feeling’ and Reality of Freedom from Sin that God Desires For Us In Christ: From Gestation to Resurrection

I really struggled with a false sense of guilt and condemnation for particular sins from my past for years upon years. The enemy of my soul kept me living under ‘a yoke of bondage’ that Jesus said I ‘would be free indeed’ from. The Lord did not leave me as an orphan though, by the […]

A Confession: How the Love of Christ Compels All Else

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have […]