Things I Think
1. One of my greatest frustrations is that I can no longer write about examining some issues from a biblical perspective because all issues now have a political component that is more important to the church than anything the Bible might say. The Word of God unfiltered turns all nationalistic and cultural concerns to rubbish.
2. From studying and teaching through the Gospels over the last couple of years, I’m convinced that the church is in great need of prophets who will cut through all our political and cultural templates and declare the Kingdom of God.
3. There is nothing more deadly to a living faith than a demand for certainty.
4. The road to heresy is paved by those who refuse to acknowledge paradox.
5. There is no way to comment intelligently on the “spiritual state” of the U.S…by law we allow any faith or no faith at all. Unless you’re in favor of a state religion, one can only address the state of ones particular faith tradition.
6. The road to true humility begins with humiliation…and that is why it is the road less travelled and rarely travelled by choice.
7. The journey back to Eden requires passing through Gethsemane…when you reach Gethsemane, you know you’re going the right direction. It is not the end of your travels, but the beginning.
8. Judas committed the most morally depraved act in history when He betrayed Jesus. You would never know this by the way that Jesus treated Judas…right to the end. Was the grace of Christ toward the morally depraved descriptive or prescriptive?
9. You cannot biblically separate justice from righteousness. They are synonymous. The church that cares nothing for justice has abandoned righteousness.
10. Every great theologian has been very right about some things and in error about others. The errors do not negate the value of the revelation they gave to the church. If you believe otherwise, you’re probably an idolater.