The Patient Ferment of the Early Church: A Summary

Alan Kreider begins his marvellously titled book, The Patient Ferment of the Early Church, with some striking observations about mission in the early church. Kreider notes that while the early Christians produced three texts on patience (Tertulian, Cyprian, Augustine), they did not produce a single text on evangelism. Furthermore, early Christians did not encourage their … Continue reading The Patient Ferment of the Early Church: A Summary

Christianity, Creation and Climate Change

This piece comes in the wake of the First Reformed movie review and is my attempt to think through some of the themes and questions raised by that film, as well as gather my own thoughts on the issue of Christianity and Creation care.   This is not about Climate Change The question of the … Continue reading Christianity, Creation and Climate Change

A Theology of Weakness

Introduction: Herod or God the Baby? In my last post, I contrasted the powerless way of God the baby, with the satanic way of Herod the King. For those with the eyes and ears to see, my post was filled with elusions to the failures of the Church. Indeed, this dichotomy of power versus weakness, … Continue reading A Theology of Weakness

God the Baby

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!" Let me tell you the story of God the Baby. The story which is good news to the poor, the weak, the humble, the … Continue reading God the Baby

The Rationality of the Foolishness of Christ

One of the most profound sections of the New Testament is found in first Corinthians. The author writes: For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. What is the message of the Cross? The message of the cross is that … Continue reading The Rationality of the Foolishness of Christ