Moral Coherence is a Premise, Not a Theory

Forgive me if these thoughts seem poorly thought out.  They undoubtedly are. —– Brueggemann has forced qb into a tight corner, and the only tactic that seems to hold any promise of extricating qb from the corner is to entertain the idea that the satan’s primary way of corrupting God’s creation was not in introducingContinue reading “Moral Coherence is a Premise, Not a Theory”

A Jubilee Society

Brueggemann got me thinking over lunch today. Is it possible to conceive of a society in which dramatic, decisive acts of forgiveness – think of Jubilee, for example – do NOT invite the cynical mentality of contempt and the destructive habits of entitlement on the part of those forgiven? (Consider e. g. Romans 6:1ff.) AmongContinue reading “A Jubilee Society”

The Sweet Ironies of the Democrats’ Complaint

George Will does it again, this time exposing the anti-Madisonian bent of the Harry Reid “reconciliation” push. Isn’t it funny how the Democrats (including our small-minded, radical president, then as a Senator) deplored this same strategy – hilariously in retrospect and on Constitutional grounds – which Republicans eventually and wisely repudiated back when the Senate wasContinue reading “The Sweet Ironies of the Democrats’ Complaint”

The Truly Powerful

Columnist Kathleen Parker – who seems increasingly to channel Arianna Huffington – refers today to Saddleback’s Rick Warren as one of the “world’s most powerful” pastors. Powerful? It’s been a long time since I encountered a pastor who could be described as genuinely “powerful.” Prominent, yes. Lots of delegated authority, yes. Object of veneration andContinue reading “The Truly Powerful”

Eugene Peterson on Religious ADHD

From his latest offering: Americans in general have little tolerance for a centering way of life that is submissive to the conditions in which growth takes place:  quiet, obscure, patient, not subject to human control and management.  The American church is uneasy in these conditions.  Typically, in the name of “relevance,” it adapts itself toContinue reading “Eugene Peterson on Religious ADHD”

Time to Gloat?

Krugman may not get it, but perhaps he’s getting it:  the president is intentionally taking us down the road to socialism.  “We’re doomed,” Krugman says.  “There’s good reason to feel outraged at the growing appearance that we’re running a system of lemon socialism, in which losses are public but gains are private.” Ya think? Hey,Continue reading “Time to Gloat?”

Brueggemann: Preaching as Re-Imagining

*sigh* Where to start? —– In retrospect, qb’s glad he started his Walter Brueggemann era by reading The Prophetic Imagination a couple of years ago.  That’s where Brueggemann, a preeminent Old Testament scholar from the Atlanta metropolitan area, lays out his most sweeping homiletical themes.  And those themes resound gloriously in The Word Militant:  Preaching aContinue reading “Brueggemann: Preaching as Re-Imagining”