Rethinking “Inspiration” – 05; Looking to Ourselves

We began the series trying to establish some benchmarks, and it seems appropriate to revisit them here from another angle before pressing too far ahead.  Far more important than any other benchmark is to establish precisely what it is that we are asking. In that regard, then, qb affirms that our canonical scriptures are divinelyContinue reading “Rethinking “Inspiration” – 05; Looking to Ourselves”

Understanding “Inspiration” – 02

In the first post in this series I laid out the origins of my search for an alternative understanding of “inspiration” as it pertains to our Holy Scriptures.  And they are holy.  So much so that I must admit to being obsessed by them and the risen Christ to whom they piont. That first postContinue reading “Understanding “Inspiration” – 02″

The Ecology of the Christian Church

It may sound pionty-headed – in fact, qb’s quite sure that it does – but qb has just discovered a rich stream of ecology literature that may substantially explain why dissidents – vocational, counterculture prophets – are essential to the long-term health and sustainability of communities (even, and perhaps particularly, Christian ones). And a bonus:Continue reading “The Ecology of the Christian Church”

The Legacy of Lament, Part I

An interesting bit of trivia for you fellow Zeppelin lovers. Beit/Beis/Beth Ha-Mikdash, whichever might be more familiar to you, means “house of the holy.” Now pluralize that. If you’re a fan of “Over the Hills and Far Away” or “Dancing Days,” this is your Grammy-winning album. I don’t think there’s any backward masking (as in,Continue reading “The Legacy of Lament, Part I”

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”

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”

In Defense of Christian Introverts

If you’re not familiar with Richard Beck’s blog, you might want to check it out from time to time.  He’s a psychology professor at ACU and has unfailingly interesting takes on Christianity from that vantage piont.  Here is a post that qb wishes qb had written, in defense of the introverted minority, turning the floodlightsContinue reading “In Defense of Christian Introverts”

What is it With These Anglicans, Anyway?

It occurred to me that the gentle reader may not detect the winsome tone of the last paragraph below.  So in order to clarify that a bit without insulting the gentle reader’s intelligence, qb would like to give a bit of a hint.  Some years ago, my eldest sister gave my mom a birthday orContinue reading “What is it With These Anglicans, Anyway?”

The Insecurity of the Believer

Over at Mike Cope’s blog the other day, Mike got after the Christians – well meaning, no doubt – who post dumb stuff on billboards, attribute it to Jesus or God, and think they’re helping to usher in the kingdom of God with their incomparable cleverness. Stuff like, “I miss hearing you say, ‘Merry Christmas’Continue reading “The Insecurity of the Believer”