We take it for granted that God is "good" (all the time). And by good, we mean loving, kind, compassionate, forgiving, merciful, perhaps just, tender, gentle, graceful, and tame. Predictable. If God is all of these, then God is good. I have a problem with the assumption that we know what is good, and that … Continue reading Is God Good?
This may seem like an odd question to ask. I'm sure for many, the response would be, "Of course!" After all, who would want to join a church that didn't welcome them? The problem with being a welcoming church has as much to do with how we treat ourselves as it does how we treat … Continue reading Should Church Be Welcoming?
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trail and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, … Continue reading The Lord’s Prayer Lie
Trinity Lutheran Seminary's Summer Seminary Sampler program brings high school youth to the seminary for three weeks during the summer and immerses them in service, introduces them to theological education, and connects them with mentors in the community. VBS at First English Lutheran Church: The Samplarians helped run the Athens VBS from Group Publishing. The … Continue reading Summer Seminary Sampler in Review: Session 1, Week 1
By chance, I ran into my friend and mentor Dr. Jacqueline Bussie (I was on my way home with Chipotle, thanks to my girlfriend's excellent suggestion). Back at Capital University in 2008, she taught a Liberation Theology class that ended up being one of my favorite classes. As we talked about her work out of … Continue reading Dangerous Theology