Tuesday, March 1, 2011 • 12:11 am
Over the course of this past weekend and my recent post about hell, universalism, exclusivism and other exclusive elititistic theological words and constructs, I’ve shared on numerous occasions both my deep appreciation for theology and simultaneously, the danger of theology. I wrote:
Theology is important. No matter what others may say or think, it has great value and importance. In fact, I would contend that one of the aspects that ails the Church is the lack of theological depth and substance. The [C]hurch are a bunch of lightweight theological dummies.
But my point is that while theology is indeed very important, it’s not the most important thing. If theology was the most important thing, we’d be screwed as salvation would rest in humanity’s ability to understand with absolute clarity.
Depending on how you approach the theological process, it’s understandable for people to formulate or arrive to the natural question:
“What then is the most important thing?”
and even more so… Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: bible, faith, Jesus, john piper, rob bell, theology
Monday, February 28, 2011 • 12:01 am
Sorry, I thought this was a funny and appropriate title for this post. Maybe not.
I am doing the world a huge favor because I know that no one has heard about the brouhaha that transpired this past Saturday over some dude named Rob Bell or rather, a book he’s written that is yet to be released and Gospel Coalition, John Piper, and the legions of “new-Calvinists” that see it as their convictions to defend and contend for orthodox Christianity. [Read Part 2, The Most Important Thing.]
So…this blog post about Bell’s upcoming book pretty much declared Bell to be a universalist and that was the match that set off the firestorm. Perhaps, we should add Rob’s book to our list of Christian books that should NOT be published.
What are your thoughts about the fiasco?
As usual, here are some of my random & vomitaceous thoughts:
Rob is a friend…
Now, let me go on the record and share that I like Rob. I’ve blogged about him – with praise and pushback. We’ve emailed several times. He’s shown some tweet support for One Day’s Wages. In short, I’m proud to call him a friend and a brother in Christ.
So, it pained me to see so much venomous stuff being written about Rob.
Me like the Universalist Post
This might be hard for some of you to believe Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: bible, christianity, faith, Jesus, religion, gospel coalition, john piper, rob bell, theology, universalist
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 • 12:04 am
I received this email from one of my blog readers a few weeks ago asking about my thoughts about the “Top 5 most challenging/convicting/mind-bending/face-melting books of all time.”
Do you take requests for posts on your blog? If so…. I know that from time to time you do top 5 stuff, like favorite movies or songs or artists, etc. This isn’t anything novel, but I’d be grateful for a “Top 5 most challenging/convicting/mind-bending/face-melting books of all time.” I guess I’m someone who learns a lot from books and I was just thinking about how I have roughly 5 books that I have read within the last few years that have truly changed the way I perceive myself and the world around me. It would be great to hear what others are reading -not their most favorite or enjoyable books (although this might be the case)- but books that have significantly reoriented the way they live. Maybe, you’ve done something like this before and I just missed it, but if not, something like this would be fun to be a part of.
Asides from the Bible, what would you be on your Top 5 List?
I can’t list 5…I don’t even know know where to begin so I’m just sharing my list of most influential Christians books again. There are so many excellent books that it’s really difficult to condense it into a list of 10. My recommendations are created with an attempt towards the larger picture of Christian discipleship – meaning that I want to balance my list with theology, discipleship, spirituality, bibilical studies, etc.
I hope 50 years from now, this list will change so that it also includes numerous female and non-Caucasian authors. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , books, christianity, church, leadership, ministry, theology
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 • 12:01 am
Someone asks me this question once every couple weeks:
What seminary or grad school (theology/religion) would you recommend?
It’s hard to give a simple answer without understanding a person’s context:
- Who are you?
- What’s your biblical and theological worldview?
- Do you want to go into vocational ministry or into academics?
But for the sake of this blogpost and because the majority of these emails I get are from folks wanting to go into pastoral ministry:
- What would your recommendations be for someone that is seeking to go into pastoral ministry? Why?
- Where did you go to seminary or grad school? Would you recommend it to others or not?
- Where are you currently at? And…?
My experience: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: christianity, pastors, religion, seminary, theology