Month: October 2011

  • forgive me

    My classes have been interacting with Chris Brauns’ careful and thorough guide, Unpacking Forgiveness. Forgiveness is a rabbit hole topic, for sometimes the more you think about it the more confusing it gets. Must the person repent before you can forgive them? What if their repentance is not sincere? If you suspect they aren’t sincere,…

  • the quoteable Barth

    Here are some memorable lines from this week’s reading in Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, II/1. “And when man accepts again his destiny in Jesus Christ in the promise and faith of the future revelation of his participation in God’s glory as it is already given Him here and now, he is only like a late-comer slipping…

  • internet monopoly

    I heard rumors of this during the summer when Christ Alone encountered problems on amazon.com. The site refuses to stock books that don’t offer sufficient margins, which is why many books are not available for two to three weeks. Today’s New York Times explains that Amazon is attempting to cut out publishers and agents and publish the books that…

  • the opposition of God

    Here is a powerful line from this week’s reading in Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics, II/1: “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the God who has sent us His Son, who is the Lord of the covenant sanctified by the blood of Jesus Christ, who is the Spirit of grace. In the…

  • what is your passion?

    Here is my latest effort for Our Daily Journey (constructive feedback is always appreciated). I hope the opening paragraph doesn’t sound too critical. I’m just being honest, and I put myself in the same boat. When asked what my seminary students are passionate about, I immediately ticked off a few issues of social justice—the plight…

  • perspectives

    My brother, Phil, just sent me this link to a chart on how various parts of Christendom view each other. It’s very funny, and very true. This is one of those times when humor is instructive. Enjoy!

  • get your Barth fix here

    It’s an absolutely beautiful summer day, which is fairly unusual for Michigan in October. I know that I’m supposed to be against global warming, but days like this make it difficult to work up much antipathy. I was grading my students’ confessions on eschatology this week, and one began this way: “I believe hat eschatology…

  • Steve Jobs on Death

    In their discussion of the life and death of Steve Jobs, the media is referring often to Job’s acclaimed commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005. Steve was acutely aware of his own mortality, and he shared many nuggets of wisdom that only come from a man who has brushed against death. One line that…