Dominion Trilogy

I’m still shopping for an agent for my first novel – DOMINION. 75,000 words, 225 pages. But meantime I’ve also been thinking about serializing it here. And then for a week later in the month I’ll make the KINDLE version available here. Here is the synopsis. Dr. Tom Woodward is the Director of NASA/AMES Research […]

Intro to a Theology of Place

Who had heard of “missional” church prior to 1998 (the publication by the GOCN)? Now “missional” is everywhere. What really changed? Sometimes we need new language in order to see. The language of “place” recovers a lost imagination, one obscured in the legacy of Modernity where we traded “place” for “space,” the concrete for the […]

Introduction to a Missional Spirituality

Back in 2009 Roger Helland I began talking about the integration of mission and spirituality: that these were never meant to be two parallel tracks, but a rhythm of life in discipleship. That book came out around 240 pages, and is aimed at college and seminary students and others doing serious theological reflection. It left […]

a theology of research

Bob Lupton does a practical study of Nehemiah in his book Renewing the City, and Nehemiah becomes the poster child for a research methodology. Nehemiah first conducts research into the state of Jerusalem and her walls (2:13,15). Then he builds community (remainder of ch 2), assembles a team around a common vision (ch 3), and […]

ex machina

I’m still working my way through the collection edited by James McGrath, “Religion and Science-Fiction” (Wipf & Stock, 2011. Earlier post HERE). It’s striking how many movies are opening up the question of what it is to be human — I’m thinking in this past year of Transcendence and Lucy and Her, and now of […]

a song for rubem alves

Rubem Alves, the Brazilian poet-philosopher, died this past year. In his memory Called Keefe-Perry writes in Theopoetics, Alves had [a] vision for how it is that he could contribute: “The origin of my liberation theology is an erotic exuberance for life. We need to struggle to restore its erotic exuberance, to share this with the […]