God-Talk & Universalism

But the Disciples Were Dolts!

March 3, 2013
Thumbnail image for But the Disciples Were Dolts! One of the things that often strikes people when they read the Gospels for the first time is how much the disciples do not get it. It’s a running theme, or a running gag, take your pick.1 Here we have Jesus, teaching important things everyone needs to hear. But over here we have his chosen disciples, getting nary a word of it. From time to time, non-disciple foils…
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Power Up Theology

February 18, 2013
Thumbnail image for Power Up Theology My first video game system was a Nintendo. Grandma gave it to me for Christmas. I talked my parents into letting me hook it up to the tv before everyone had left the party, and soon enough there I was playing Super Mario Bros., jerking my hands into the air every time I wanted Mario to jump. If you’ve never played any of the Mario games before, one of…
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No One Comes to the Father But by Me

September 29, 2012
Thumbnail image for No One Comes to the Father But by Me But what should we make of the second half of the world's most famous clobber verse?
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I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life

September 28, 2012
Thumbnail image for I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life When I was in high school, I wore a t-shirt with "John 14:6" emblazoned across the top, a green (yes, green) crucified Buddha in the middle, and "What's wrong with this picture?" stretched along the bottom. I was very proud of that shirt.
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The Church That Finds You

April 26, 2011
Thumbnail image for The Church That Finds You We moved cross country several weeks ago, and so we've been looking for a new church home. I've gone from church membership director to church shopper.
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The Science Fiction Faith Advantage

April 22, 2011
Thumbnail image for The Science Fiction Faith Advantage If there’s one place where science fiction and fantasy fans have a leg up in matters of faith, it’s got to be the parables.
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The Lord’s Prayer: An Alternate Version

Thumbnail image for The Lord’s Prayer: An Alternate Version March 22, 2011
Breath of Life, In whom we live and move and have our being, Your presence fills all of Creation...
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The Empire Strikes Back—Jesus Edition

March 22, 2011
At root, "kingdom of God" is a political metaphor, and a dangerous one in the early years of the Roman Empire. There was no way talk of the coming of the kingdom of God wouldn't have been heard as a political claim, to conquerors and conquered alike. Rome didn't crucify people for being spiritual.
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