Change for the First Time, Again: One Year Later

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One year ago, my new book – Change for the First Time, Again – was released. In celebration of one year I created a new promo video. Check out the video below and grab a copy of the book from these outlets: Continue reading

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Example of Making Abstract Theology More Earthy

I wrote an article this week on the need to put abstract theology to death, or at least dial it back quite a bit. Take a peek if you can.

I received some pushback on the article, both here at the blog and on Facebook. And I welcome the pushback. It helps refine my own thoughts.

My whole point is that, many times when we talk about theology, it is in very lofty, ethereal and abstract terms. It’s not really practical, human, earthy. This happens when we talk about God, Christ, church, salvation and a host of other theological topics. Continue reading

Death to Abstract Theology

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My wife studied art at university. She knows a bit about abstract art. I know very little. However, I did find this definition concerning abstract art floating around the web waves.

In its purest form in Western art, an abstract art is one without a recognizable subject, one which doesn’t relate to anything external or try to “look like” something.

Ok, but what does all this mean?

As I understand it, when something is abstract it is ethereal. It kind of floats out there in space, in air, but it doesn’t really relate to any concrete reality. I suppose you might say it is thought in it’s purest form. Keeping those ideas as ethereal ideas, but never making them real and tangible in life, to humanity.

And, you know what? That’s how theology works so much of the time.

It’s abstract, ethereal, non-tangible, a kind of heavenly, Casper-the-friendly-ghost ruminating about God and faith. We talk a good game, create great conceptual ideas about God and Christ and the Spirit and salvation and redemption and the church and so much more. All one has to do is crack open a 1000-page systematic theology textbook as an example. But they all end up being abstract, heady, and irrelevant to human life on planet earth.

I would offer that’s not a good thing and that we need our abstract theology to be put to death. Continue reading