on the Canon of Scripture

Is Scripture ‘finished’ being written? Christians believe it is. How so? Catholics and Protestants don’t agree on which books are to be included, and various leaders in church history have thought it best to leave certain books out, such as Revelation or James. One way to begin discussing the question is to think about the… Continue reading on the Canon of Scripture

thy will be done

“Thy Will Be Done” The statement “Thy will be done” is the overarching and simple representative statement of submission. With this statement, we acknowledge that God is God and we are not, and that God’s way and God’s will are better than mine. For those who accept, submit to, worship and follow an Ultimate Being… Continue reading thy will be done

god’s theology

Theology is literally a ‘word’ (logos) about ‘God’ (Theos). Some scattered bits of experience, mine and others, over the last few weeks have reminded me that various positions, discussions, debates and statements that would be labelled ‘theological’ can be unhelpful. Yes, truth will divide at times, and so it should, but too often theological battles… Continue reading god’s theology

narcissism and image

All Humans Are Narcissists I want to suggest that all humans, like Narcissus, look at their reflection and make too much of it. This is obvious in some behaviour and more discreet in others. In my own experience, my narcissism is easily spotted when I think, feel, talk and act as though my own thoughts,… Continue reading narcissism and image

possibility and surrender

I met a friendly man today who, learning of my religiosity, asked me about my views on science and faith.  It was a good chat, not too long, and remained wonderfully amicable. The man was, by global and local standards, wealthy, educated and articulate.  At least some of the time, such a demographic can tend… Continue reading possibility and surrender

on calvinism

Why a Blog about Calvinism? Today I learned – much after the fact – that Derek Webb no longer identifies as a Christian.  This has some emotional significance for me, as I have been a follower of Caedmon’s Call (in which he played), and of his more recent solo musical projects. Instead of discussing what… Continue reading on calvinism

world + flesh + devil

The world, the flesh and the devil. These three entities have been said to be the three sources of sin and temptation for Christians.  That is to say that when we get it wrong, we can point to the influential lure of culture (the world), the weakness of natural desire (the flesh), and the overarching… Continue reading world + flesh + devil

grace and human effort

At the heart of the Christian faith is a conviction that salvation is God’s doing.  God takes the initiative in establishing, maintaining and perfecting the relationship with all of creation, and humans in particular.  Without God, there would be no salvation.  Period. This conviction has tended to be accompanied by an emphasis that downplays the… Continue reading grace and human effort

political Christianity

Let me open with an if/then statement.  If Christianity is anything more than B.I.B.L.E. (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth), and I heartily believe it is, then it necessarily has to do with how the wholeness of life is played out in the here and now.  This means Christianity necessarily has a political component to it. … Continue reading political Christianity

the uncomfortable freedom of Grace

I just finished a job at work, and not only did it take longer than I thought (I had to return to the job site to fix things), I didn’t do as good a job at it as I would have liked to.  The clients are satisfied and will pay the invoice, but the workmanship… Continue reading the uncomfortable freedom of Grace