Jason Micheli, a young father, husband, and pastor, was diagnosed with a bone cancer so rare and deadly that his doctors didn’t classify it with one of the normal four stages—they simply called it “stage-serious.” But Micheli wasn’t going to let the cancer kill his spirit, his faith, or his sense of humor. He knew that the promise of faith makes hope possible. And approaching cancer as fodder for some bowel-busting humor helps, too. This is a funny, no-holds-barred, irreverent-yet-faithful take on a disease that has touched every family.
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Theology for the People
Theology for the People is just that: It’s theology, broadly conceived, and it’s for the people—that is, for everyone. We are bringing readers and writers together around the topics of God, truth, reality, ethics, and sacred text, and we catalyze conversations around ideas that matter.
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Our theologies are forged in the fires of our own contemporary conflicts and changes. . .
"Pro tip: there is not, nor has there ever been, one way of reading scripture. All theologies of scripture are laden with ideological, political, and ethnocentric assumptions. What we must recognize are the ways in which our circumstances and prejudices shape our interpretations and theologies of scripture. Furthermore, because there is no one, absolute, and unalterable mode of interpretation, Christ-followers must develop the capacity to think critically about the ways in which our theologies are forged in the fires of our own contemporary conflicts and changes."
I mean, really, if Jesus walked up to you and asked 'who do you say that I am?' what would you say?
“I mean, really, if Jesus walked up to you and asked "who do you say that I am?" what would you say? I, for one, would not rattle off those words from the Chalcedoneon council: "You are two oosias in one hypostatic union, without confusion, without change, without division, without separation."
Without God we can do nothing, but then again without us God can do nothing. . .
“Without God we can do nothing, but then again without us God can do nothing. Without us, nothing gets done in the name of God, since the name of God is the name of a call for something to be done by us.”
I marvel at the fact that in all my years of church going and formal Bible training, never was I told this. . .
“The apostle Paul says that our 'new self' is to 'be angry.' I marvel at the fact that in all my years of church going and formal Bible training, never was I told this. Yet Scripture says it plainly. First, it says to put on the 'new self' (Ephesians 4:24, NASB), and second, to 'speak the truth' (4:25), and third, to 'be angry, and yet do not sin' (4:26).”
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Veteran minister and social justice advocate Donna Schaper has become a fan of the pope, and she has written him a series of letters—love letters, of a sort. She agrees with him on the environment, climate change, love of animals, and concern for the poor. But she has a lovers’ quarrel with him on the issues of women’s ordination and LGBT rights. Her letters are intimate and ornery, affirming and challenging. Pastor Donna loves Pope Francis, and she calls us all to join him in loving the world.
Belief in the doctrine of Original Sin is firmly held by many Christians, but it turns out that it’s not necessarily biblical. Further, argues Danielle Shroyer, it’s bad for people and bad for the church. In Original Blessing, Shroyer shows not only how we got it wrong, but how we can put sin back in its rightful place: in a broader context of redemption and the blessing of humanity’s creation in the image of God.
In this latest installment of the Homebrewed Christianity series, Eric E. Hall approaches the question of God from various perspectives. The classical conception of God is like the famously stoic-yet-lethal Mr. Miyagi in the Karate Kid. Competing versions of God include Your Hippie Aunt, St. Joan of Arc, and even the muscle-headed goons from Jersey Shore. At the end of this romp through history and pop culture, Hall argues that the God you need may be the very God you rejected years ago.
Brian Bantum says that race is not merely an intellectual category or a biological fact. It is a deeply theological problem, one that is central to the Christian story and that plays out daily in the United States and throughout the world. Our attempts to heal racism will not succeed unless we address a fallen understanding of our bodies. He examines the question of race, but through the lens of our bodies and what our bodies mean in the midst of a racialized world that perpetually dehumanizes dark bodies.