Harry Potter Resurrected

Keri and I have spent some time this summer watching some movie series.  We started the summer with the X-Men movies and are now working our way through the Harry Potter movie series. NPR’s All Things Considered recently ran a story that caught my attention.  The piece focused on the mixed receptivity of Harry Potter…

A Powerful Collision: God, Bible, Authority & Narrative 4

What does a narrative approach to Scripture say about the authority of Scripture? 5. Narrative Understanding of Scriptural Authority. Most foundationally, we must treat Scripture as more than a static repository of abstract truths that reveal true propositions about God, history and the human condition (though these too are important, have their special place and can be…

PHILIPPIANS 28: Growing into Spiritual Adulthood (3:16)

“Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.” (Phil 3:16). There is a lot going on in this single verse. Paul is summing up a long, sustained…

PHILIPPIANS 27: No Turning Back Now (3:12-15)

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my…

QUOTABLES: Elizabeth Achtemeier

“The Christian way of life is no fairytale; in the power of the Spirit it can be lived. Countless Christians through the ages have shown us how. The fruit of worship and Bible study and prayer and obedience to the Word, is a joy, a peace, an unshakeable hope that the world cannot give or…

PHILIPPIANS 26: My Interview with Apostle Paul (3:10-12)

“I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead. I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have…

PHILIPPIANS 25: Basketball and Dog Dung (3:8-9)

“Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be…

Cruciform Justice 8: Getting Beyond Retribution

The Cross calls us to a justice that moves us beyond the law of retribution: “An eye for an eye.” As Moltmann observes, “If evil is recompensed with evil, then the one evil is always oriented on the other evil, because only in that way is it justified.” While scoffed at by many, there is…