Eugene Peterson on the role of writers in the church

Eugene Peterson, author of the modern-day translation of the New Testament, “The Message”, talks about storytelling, imagination, and the role of poets and novelists in the life of the church: “we should ordain them,” he says. From the 2007 Writers Symposium by the Sea, sponsored by Point Loma Nazarene University.


Being Transparent

In these days of pigeonholing and categorizing I come to the topic of “why my theology is public”. I honestly don’t know that it is public. Wow wasn’t that a short and sweet piece; done and finished in fewer than 30 words.  And there is where the rub starts.  If my theology isn’t public then…

Theologies of suffering, theologies of healing

We, the community that vets return to, don’t only need education about what moral injury is. We need the same spiritual solution that veterans need. If we think we don’t, if we separate out us from them, I fear we will all stay in the same denial, the same lies that keep us fighting our own demons, alone, separated from each other and from God.

An indigenous view to ponder alongside the Nye/Ham debate

Native scholar Vine Deloria’s discussion (in his book of essays titled “Spirit and Reason”, published in 1999) of the inadequacy of traditional scientific methodology and the idea of a moral universe interjects a non-Western, non-fundamentalist view onto the recent Nye/Ham debate.  The kind of holistic science Deloria describes below, and the collective moral responsibility seen…

Takin’ It to the Streets

“As gospel singers greet marchers who reach the state capitol, I see a woman holding a sign that says, “We are gentle, angry, and determined.” Nothing could better express the spirit of Tar Heel protesters, who can stare extremism in the eye and maintain an air of gentility while they do it.”