Sexual Identity and Theological Anthropology

In their recently released Christian Dogmatics: An Introduction (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017), Cornelis van der Kooi and Gijsbert van den Brink offer a view of biological sex and sexuality grounded in theological anthropology. They focus particularly on the connection between sex and the relational aspect of the imago dei, and do so in order to … Continue reading Sexual Identity and Theological Anthropology


Canonical Hermeneutics and Systemic Injustices

I watched the #PhilandoCastile dash cam video about an hour ago and am still horrified. This case appears to me to be a miscarriage of justice on every level, from the 50ish stops in 14 years to which Castile was subjected, to the actions of the officer, to the acquittal of the officer by the … Continue reading Canonical Hermeneutics and Systemic Injustices

A Poetic Reflection on Endō’s “Silence”

  Footprints In the silence I hear The cacophony of the groans of my brothers and sisters the groans of my mother and father.   But from Christ I hear “If you love me, Deny your brothers and sisters and deny your mother and father And come after me.”   In the silence I hear … Continue reading A Poetic Reflection on Endō’s “Silence”

#StarWars #TheForceAwakens in Canonical Perspective

First, **SPOILER ALERT**   Second, for those who don't know me, I teach Bible and Hermeneutics at Oklahoma Baptist University. One of my overarching emphases in all my classes is reading the Bible canonically. This means paying attention to the order and shape of the material, textual links between books, and following the arc of … Continue reading #StarWars #TheForceAwakens in Canonical Perspective

Some Thoughts on #StarWars #TheForceAwakens

 **SPOILER ALERT** - If you haven't seen it, don't read any further. I loved it. As many have mentioned, JJ brought the magic back through set design, realistic (non-CGI) aliens and fight sequences, and taking this story where it needs to go. The major criticism I keep hearing is that TFA is just a rehash … Continue reading Some Thoughts on #StarWars #TheForceAwakens

Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Social Injustice Are Gospel Issues

I continue to hear and read comments like "race isn't a gospel issue." This could not be further from the truth. Race is a gospel issue because our world, though one in Adam, is divided by ethnicity, nationality, tribal distinctions, and social classes. We are one people in our common parentage, but we are not … Continue reading Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Social Injustice Are Gospel Issues

More Reflections on #EricGarner

Last night and this morning I have been mostly encouraged by the reactions I've seen to the Eric Garner case, and specifically by those from friends who are not people of color. I am especially grateful for the responses by leaders in my own denomination, including Russ Moore, Danny Akin, and Al Mohler, as well … Continue reading More Reflections on #EricGarner

Some Gut Reactions to #EricGarner

It's easy for me, given my background, to dismiss talk of systemic racism or social injustice. Frankly, I didn't see it much growing up and I haven't seen it much since (at least not in person). And yet that is most likely not the experience of many Americans, and especially Americans of color. I am … Continue reading Some Gut Reactions to #EricGarner

Creedal Discrimination

Yesterday Christianity Today published an article by Tish Warren, an InterVarsity employee whose experience at Vanderbilt University may be a proleptic look at where our current culture is headed unless someone puts on the brakes. Warren relates how her college ministry was forced to either allow anyone, regardless of faith commitment, to run for office … Continue reading Creedal Discrimination