The Bible and Critical Race Theory

We need historians. Especially now. Especially in traditional liberal arts colleges. Especially in Christianliberal arts colleges. We need historians because History—how to write it, teach it, and think it—is at the center of a current culture war. Often thought to be the dustiest of all academic subjects, History is now determining elections, causing people to behaveContinue reading “The Bible and Critical Race Theory”

CAN YOU STEAL A BLESSING? RIFFS ON THE STORY OF JACOB

Because we often read the Bible woodenly, especially those of us who have been taught that the Bible is mostly about teaching religion, we often miss the point, especially if the point is in story rather than theological discourse. And especially if we are not inclined to see the humor and the humanness of theseContinue reading “CAN YOU STEAL A BLESSING? RIFFS ON THE STORY OF JACOB”

THE TOWER OF BABEL: THE DIVINE PREFERENCE FOR DIVERSITY

The intriguing, funny, and cutting story of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) is the last in the collection of stories that makes up the preface to the book of Genesis and, therefore, to the Bible itself. We do well to attend to these stories, not as histories, which is to distort them and loseContinue reading “THE TOWER OF BABEL: THE DIVINE PREFERENCE FOR DIVERSITY”

1 Timothy 2 and Women in Leadership: a Reading of the Text

Those who oppose the recognition of women as pastors and elders in the church often suppose that they have the biblical high ground. They accuse those who welcome women into church leadership of denying the literal meaning of the texts, playing fast and loose with scripture. To open church office to women, they argue, underminesContinue reading “1 Timothy 2 and Women in Leadership: a Reading of the Text”

WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER FALL STORY IN GENESIS?

Fall stories are important (fall stories of the theological sort; not stories about the season). They account for what has gone wrong in our world. Perhaps, that’s not quite the right way to put it. “Gone wrong” implies that there was an earlier time when things had not gone wrong. But not all stories accountingContinue reading “WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER FALL STORY IN GENESIS?”

WHAT ABOUT PAUL?

I began this series of posts with the question, “Is Genesis 3 a fall story?” The question can be answered in two ways. The first would be to say, yes, it is a fall story, but not in the usual sense. Better, and what I suggested in the previous post (“Is Genesis 3 a FallContinue reading “WHAT ABOUT PAUL?”

CARL

The announcement came electronically, as they do now, in the mail I regularly receive from the denomination. It was a death notice, this one like so many lately, of someone I knew. The announcement said that Carl Kromminga had died at age 96. Carl was my teacher in seminary. He taught Practical Theology, the appliedContinue reading “CARL”

IS GENESIS 3 A FALL STORY AND DOES IT MATTER II

They paved paradise and put up a parking lotWith a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swinging hot spotDon’t it always seem to goThat you don’t know what you got ’til it’s goneThey paved paradise and put up a parking lot Oh, bop, bop, bopOh, bop, bop, bop – “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni MitchellContinue reading “IS GENESIS 3 A FALL STORY AND DOES IT MATTER II”

POETRY AND OLD BOOK STORES
September 2021
Praise Music

In a town east of here we happened on a used bookstore. We weren’t sure at first it was still in business. It looked abandoned. But the door was ajar, and we went in. Books and old magazines were everywhere, boxes and boxes of them overflowing in random stacks. The shelves you expect in bookstores,Continue reading “POETRY AND OLD BOOK STORES
September 2021
Praise Music”