“Traditioning” in the Vineyard: A Pastoral Value for Sacramentality.

“Traditioning” in the Vineyard: A Pastoral Value for Sacramentality.

Below is a copy of the paper I presented at the 2017 Society of Vineyard Scholars’ annual gathering (PDF can be found here). I essentially argue that sacramentality is essential for Vineyard theology and praxis, especially the regular celebration of Communion....
Wisdom of the Prism

Wisdom of the Prism

It’s always been a head-scratcher for me — this obsession that some people seem to have with pitting various viewpoints on the Atonement against each other, as if they are mutually exclusively (and therefore bitter enemies). I’ve always seen them more as the differing...
Non-Denominationalism and the Story Of Ketchup

Non-Denominationalism and the Story Of Ketchup

Remember when ketchup was declared a vegetable? In the early 80’s Congress cut $1 billion dollars of funding for child nutrition. The USDA had 90 days to reorganize their standards under this funding cut. With a massive funding change the USDA needed to get creative....
Wonder

Wonder

“If anyone should not find himself astonished and filled with wonder when he becomes involved in one way or another with theology, he would be well advised to consider once more, from a certain remoteness and without prejudice, what is involved in this...
Panentheism. Drop It, Keep It or Redeem It?

Panentheism. Drop It, Keep It or Redeem It?

In response to my recent article Faith Through The Lens of Natural Theology I received a great question from a friend on facebook. Able…“are there nuances of panentheism that you might apply or hold personally? Obviously, the universe isn’t God, yet we can...
Faith through the lens of Natural Theology

Faith through the lens of Natural Theology

A General Introduction I find the definition of theology as “The Study of God” to be too obtuse to be useful. I define theology in a more acute form (yet careful to avoid being myopic) as follows, Theology is the talk, conversation and discussion of the people of God...
Did Peter Make A Mistake In Calling Lot Righteous?

Did Peter Make A Mistake In Calling Lot Righteous?

Scripture is pretty clear that the ideal example of being a just man or good man is one who is generally not thought of as being a shallow and opportunistic kind of fellow (1 John 2:16). And in light of Scriptures stern warnings It seems like a bad idea to point to...
Some Thoughts on Communication, Culture & The Gospel

Some Thoughts on Communication, Culture & The Gospel

Where there is a distinct language, lingo or even jargon there is a distinct culture every time. Often times communication on every level fails to a greater or lesser extent because this rule is neglected. Every time I hear an Independant Fundamental Baptist,...
What Is The Gospel?

What Is The Gospel?

A Plan? If you do a Google search of “What is the gospel?” you will find that almost all Christian denominations (especially evangelicals) that center their faith on the Bible, conversion, the cross and the resurrection explain the gospel in this way. First, admit...