subverting the norm II!

This coming weekend I am presenting my paper “Approaching Youth Ministry through a Post-Structural Lens” at Subverting the Norm II in Springfield, MO. Here is my abstract: A postmodern mood fills the halls of youth ministries everywhere. We re-work tradition with liturgies, candles, and video clips. Youth play games one moment and the next learn theContinue reading “subverting the norm II!”

theologically imagining a new atonement theory

Easter arrives in a few weeks. The Church will celebrate the crucifixion, death, burial and eventual rising of Jesus the Christ. So much meaning is packed into one weekend. Altars are torn down, darkness floods the tenebrae service, and on Easter Sunday some church members have the opportunity to wake as the sun rises to worship the God ofContinue reading “theologically imagining a new atonement theory”

justice conference

This video highlights my view of justice, postmodern, of course. We must always fight for a better world, yet understanding there is always so much more that must be done. If we are going to fight for the oppressed and are not in communion with them, our fight is shallow.

hunger, lent, and stewardship

On Sunday morning at church, the layspeaker opened the service saying that everything is relative. We may think that it is cold outside, but those living in Minnesota have it worse with temperatures in the negative Fahrenheit. Then on a side note hunger also was relative. This was a strange way to talk about relativism,Continue reading “hunger, lent, and stewardship”

god as stranger/kin

During my teen years, it was drilled into me that we need to believe that Jesus is both Lord and Savior. One is not a true believer if they only accept Jesus as one of those titles. I later found out that my pastor learned this doctrinal idea from the popular Reformed fundamentalist pastor JohnContinue reading “god as stranger/kin”

the good news of post-structuralism

On my good days I have some certainty to what good news looks like. Today is not one of those days, so I am depending on the prophetic tradition to aid me. According to Second Isaiah (61), good news is for the marginalized, those who have no luck, or certainty for tomorrow. The good newsContinue reading “the good news of post-structuralism”

birth narratives overview: theological, political, historical (part two)

Matthew and Luke author the texts which are read every Advent and Christmas. A few things about these texts in general. First, they were written in the 80s-90s CE shortly  after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (70CE). These writers have some major differences in their narratives, showing how each of them wanted toContinue reading “birth narratives overview: theological, political, historical (part two)”

birth narratives overview: theological, political, historical (part one)

This will be a two part series. The first post will concern the New Testament writers who are not Luke or Matthew because they actually have birth narratives. Paul, Mark, and John are the other writers who even mention that Jesus was born or at least has a particular town that he was from. SinceContinue reading “birth narratives overview: theological, political, historical (part one)”

questioning theodicy and the sandy hook tragedy

The past two Sunday’s lectionary readings have dealt the John the Baptizer narrative in the Gospel of Luke. John the Baptizer is recognized as the caller/preparer for Jesus. Last week’s reading painted John the Baptizer as an Elijah type who called out in the wilderness for people to repent of their ways. Politically and socially minded peopleContinue reading “questioning theodicy and the sandy hook tragedy”