Body of God

July 19, 2016 (Kampala): I've started reading Sallie McFague's book The Body of God: An Ecological Theology...It's an amazing book; I keep asking myself why I waited so long to read it! She is presenting an 'organic' model of God-in-the-World, a theological cosmology that centers on bodies and embodiment. She's preaching to the choir as …

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Cosmic supertext

April 19, 2016 (Kampala): I'm reading a little this morning about Copernicus and the letter he wrote to the Pope explaining his revolutionary idea that the earth moves. While studying astronomy, he noticed something was 'off', and it bothered him. Up till then, astronomers had held widely varying and often conflicting views on the basics …

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Christ the Lord

In his book, Ethics, the late Dietrich Bonhoeffer outlines a revolutionary theological paradigm that challenges many of the dichotomies perpetuated by traditional Christian teachings. Two of these dichotomies - Good versus Evil and God's World versus Satan's World - he neatly dismantles through page after page of relentless logic. In the following few journal entries, …

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In quantum love

January 21, 2016 (Kampala): Last night we had dinner at Cafe Roma's with G and her friend B. At one point, B was telling us about the Christian books she and G read together. Then she self-consciously and insecurely made the caveat that even though these books aren't 'Bible studies', they are still 'based on …

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World exegesis

July 26, 2015, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: I'm frustrated right now reading a theological book. It's interesting and insightful...but it's mostly an exegesis of other texts, a dialogue with other authors. That's all well and good, if you like shuffling around endlessly the ideas of men and women. But I'm frustrated because by exegeting …

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Word of life

On July 19, 2015, I recorded more quotes from the French Jesuit priest, Jean-Pierre de Caussade. His book Abandonment to Divine Providence totally rocked my world. Here he is writing about the word of life that sounds in the depths of each one of us: in our minds, hearts, and - though we are not used …

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Wor(l)d of God

May 18, 2015: Last week I started savoring Teilhard de Chardin's spiritual autobiography, The Heart of Matter. He's talking about the elements of his early childhood through young adulthood that nourished his universal vision. His 'pagan ego' was guided and enthralled by the physical world, by rocks and metals. His 'Christian ego' was captured by …

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Still small voice

January 14, 2013: Paul preached a good sermon yesterday about Elijah, about how Elijah had fallen in love with wind, earthquake, and fire - signs of God's power and presence - more than with God Himself. Being able to call down fire at will, Elijah started to think he could control God's responses. Then God …

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Bible stripped bare

February 8, 2010: After church this morning, I am once again terribly frustrated over my ambivalence about the Bible. It is wedged like a thorn in my psyche. As much as I want to be rid of it, my whole life seems oriented around it: my Christian sub-culture, my career, and the reigning epistemic foundation …

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