Category Archives: Reflection

A Mishmash on The Development of the History of Ideas and What Jesus Has to do With That

What has probably propelled me most in my own theological development over the years isn’t exactly Christian Dogmatics or Systematic Theology; not even Biblical Theology. Instead, at a foundational level, in a sort of ground-clearing and laying way it has … Continue reading

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Why Do Theology? On the Analogia Nebuchadnezzaro

Why do theology? Is it for the fame and fortune? No. It’s because, personally, without the constant pursuit towards a growing and intimate knowledge of God I could not function. After I came to Christ when I was 3.5 I … Continue reading

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An Autobiographical Note: What is My Theological Trajectory Today/

I thought I would pause for a moment and attempt to articulate where I am at in my theological development as a Christian (and by the way I realize nobody cares that much, but this is a good exercise for … Continue reading

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I Am Afraid to Die. Death is not Natural Despite what Experience Tells Us

When people tell me they aren’t afraid to die it makes me think they’re not really telling the truth. It makes me think that they are trying to convince themselves, or at least others, that it’s just a part of … Continue reading

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Theology Burnout; And Who Cares, Only Jesus is that Important

I remember telling a mentor, former seminary professor of mine (well he’s former now, he wasn’t then) years ago that I don’t really care what people think I care what God thinks as disclosed in Holy Scripture; I still think … Continue reading

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Identifying Tacit Theological Knowledges and How Those Have Shaped My Own Theological Development

Something just hit me; sort of. I mean this is something I recognized years ago, but it just hit me again, afresh. It has to do with my personal predispositions, theologically, and the role those play in the development of … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Christian Death versus Pagan Death in the Context of a Cancer Diagnosis

I know what it feels like to literally be dying, because of the incurable/terminal cancer diagnosis I received in November 2009. You feel alone, even with all those loving family members surrounding you with warmth and encouragement; you still feel … Continue reading

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My Final Post, Ever, on Karl Barth and Charlotte von Kirschbaum

Okay, this will be my last post in regard to Karl Barth’s and Charlotte von Kirschbaum’s relationship. I’ve heard enough from people I respect, don’t respect, and folks in between. In case you’re wondering what I’m referring to, it’s the … Continue reading

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A Comment in Regard to My Last Post on Barth and Kirschbaum

I affirm ex opere operato when it comes to theological speech. Let’s not rush to conclusions just because of some things I intimated or said in my last post. Here’s what I said in a comment in my last post. I plan … Continue reading

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Karl Barth and Charlotte von Kirschbaum: My Response

I just read a disturbing, I mean for me personally, earth-shatteringly disturbing essay by Christiane Tietz about Karl Barth entitled: Karl Barth and Charlotte von Kirschbaum. As most of us know, who have spent any amount of time with Barth’s … Continue reading

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