The Incarnation Critiques Modernity

There is something strange about the modernist/fundamentalist split. The two are diametrically opposed, but seem to be strikingly similar at the same time. Both think the world is made of stuff. One side thinks it contains ‘spiritual’ stuff, the other side thinks there is only material stuff. My view: Both sides neglect the role of … Continue reading The Incarnation Critiques Modernity


The Particular Individual

In the last few days/weeks I have written several posts dealing with broad, abstract things: Truth, goodness, beauty, the monarchical vision, God, heaven and earth and so fourth. I do have a weakness for the broad and abstract, the heavenly instead of the earthly and the practical. One thing I’ve noticed is that Jesus doesn’t … Continue reading The Particular Individual

Jesus as Lord and the Path of Suffering

Paul Vanderklay often talks about the providence of reading many different books at the same time and the insights that can emerge as a result. I had this experience recently when reading NT Wright’s The Resurrection of the Son of God, along with the gospel of Mark. Dostoevsky’s The Brother’s Karamazov and a recent Q and … Continue reading Jesus as Lord and the Path of Suffering

Christians and Athiests I really enjoyed this conversation between Mary and Paul this morning. One part, starting at 40:50 really struck me. Mary pointed out the different way Christians and atheists see each other. In the past, atheists saw Christians as having something they didn't. Christians have faith, they see something, a greater reality, that the atheist … Continue reading Christians and Athiests

Social Media and I: The Pernicious Effects of Social Media.

The following essay is an extended version of a speech I gave on the topic of social media. The piece is directed to a Christian and specifically Anabaptist audience. I have omitted some culture-specific references that don't apply to most readers. I don’t use social media. In the last few years, I have deleted my … Continue reading Social Media and I: The Pernicious Effects of Social Media.

Pointing and Participating: The Good, The True and The Beautiful

In the Classical Christian conception, God is the source of all being, all things participate in his being. Evil does not participate in God, but rather is non-being and privation of being. Being therefore is good. Although God is beyond our finite comprehension and cannot be fully grasped through His creation, we participate and catch … Continue reading Pointing and Participating: The Good, The True and The Beautiful