It’s Time Protestants Speak Biblically About Water Baptism

water baptismI truly appreciate Protestant and evangelical writers who bring some thought-provoking ideas to the table. From Scot McKnight to Jamie Smith to N.T. Wright to Daniel Kirk to Roger Olson. They all are a great read.

Another such theologian is Peter Leithart. I don’t get to read him as often as others, but his blog can be found at First Things. He recently wrote a guest piece at The Evangelical Pulpit and it’s entitled, “No Sacraments, No Protestantism.”

I’ll let you check out the full piece, but suffice it to say, I expect the article to push some theological buttons in regards to water baptism theology for most Protestant evangelicals. However, his whole thesis is about Protestants speaking more biblically about baptism. He remarks: Continue reading

Being the Church in a Not-Quite-Yet Postmodern Era of Today

churchA couple of months back, I posted an article reviewing a new book entitled Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus. I claimed it was one of the best books I had read in my nearly 18-years of following Jesus. I believe it offers much for the church to consider on how to be the local church in our western, 21st century world today.

Postmodern has been emerging for the past few decades – but we’re not there quite yet in America. We are still driven my a more modernist approach, especially within the church. Continue reading

Rethinking Nietzsche

NietzscheI’ve stated this before – I am no great philosopher. I muse over things through a theological lens, though one can’t get away from philosophical frameworks.

I have tried my hand at understanding a little around the epistemological perspectives (“how we know what we know”) of the 3 eras of history, which are pre-modernism, modernism and post-modernism. In this, I owe much to the works of James K.A. Smith and Kenton Sparks, particularly Smith’s, Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism, and Sparks’, God’s Word in Human Words. Both books were super-informative and illuminating in getting my mind around some of these philosophical concepts. Continue reading

Human Beings, Not Human Doings: A Call to Create Space

clockMaybe The Matrix was right. We’re just programmed units doing a job, filling out a task force, being driven by machines. Such a thought makes me shutter, though. Does it for you as well?

The drudgery of our daily habits does lend itself to such an approach to life. Think about our jobs, our families, our churches. We are directed by the programatic pressures of western society.

Listen, I’m not against the simple daily habits of life. We all have daily rhythms we enter in to. And I love that word rhythms. Some might call them rituals. Both are correct. It’s just that one causes an unnatural churning in our stomachs when we think about it. Hence, why I use the word rhythms. But I’m not against the daily habits and rhythms of life. As humans, we need them and should appreciate them. Continue reading