contextualization

Graham Hill in Global Church (IVP, 2016, 33) quotes Kosuke Koyama, “Contextualization of theology implies two critical movements. First, to articulate Jesus Christ in culturally appropriate, communicatively apt words; and second, to criticize, reform, dethrone, or oppose culture if it is found to be against what the name of Jesus Christ stands for.”(Water Buffalo Theology, […]

the Age of the Unthinkable

“Louis Halle, and American diplomat and strategist of the 1950’s, once observed that foreign policy is made not in reaction to the world but in reaction to an image of the world in the minds of the people making decisions. ‘In the degree that the image is false, actually and philosophically, no technician, however proficient, […]

Evangelicals Around the World

A short article on the story behind Thomas Nelson’s new text. “The book itself is a neat and tidy collection of 51 chapters by 46 contributors, including Rose Dowsett (who was a member of the Lausanne Theology Working Group), in the very relevant chapter ‘The Challenge of Evangelical Diversity’. “Dowsett writes: ‘How inclusive, and how […]

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 […]