The Contemplative Paul

In Biblical Studies, the predominant goals are to understand the ideas and thoughts of the Biblical authors and how the text as we have came into being. At the risk of oversimplifying, history and thoughts are the two main foci. So far as the Church employs the work of Biblical Studies, we see this pattern Read More


I had written this up last night to consider posting today. I have considered not posting this considering the mass shooting in Orlando today. I don’t really want to make things about myself on this day, but I am not sure if I don’t post this today if I will tomorrow. In the end, sharing Read More

Christian exceptionalism, relevance, and the sins of Baylor University

If I were to attempt to summarize the whole Bible, one1 would be the following: Despite our sins and injustice, God so exceptionally loves us that he forgives us of our sins so that He can empower us to be exceptional people. Embedded in the Bible, both Old Testament and New Testament, is the idea Read More

The themes dividing United Methodists

Johann Gottlieb Fichte, a German philosopher of the late 18th and early 19th century, proposed the thesis/antithesis/synthesis framework as a dialectical method1. Although this has often been wrongly attributed to G.W.F Hegel2, there is some value to this triad in understanding history and sociology. Most particularly, it can shed light on how two groups who advocate very different Read More