Category: Christian Life

The Freedom of the Christian and the Question of Lent

(Bumped–I realized I put in the wrong timestamp when I set it to automatically post!). For many evangelicals, the idea of regular and church-legislated engagement with spiritual disciplines such as Lent impinges upon the freedom of the individual believer. In...

/ January 31, 2008

Marriage as a Spiritual Discipline

Despite roundly panning Gary Thomas’ book Sacred Marriage last week for it’s fundamentally questionable premise, I have to admit that he has a lot of good things to say in response to the historic trend among Christians to look down...

/ January 31, 2008

Looking Back To See The Future

There are two ways to see the future. One is to receive a vision of all time and all reality. The other is to study the past for patterns that are timeless. The first is granted to only a tiny...

/ January 2, 2008

"Look!": A Meditation on Advent

This Sunday marks the fourth Sunday of the Advent season. Though historically neglected by many evangelicals, Advent has made a resurgence in recent years. To that end, we are going to be offering Advent meditations throughout the season here at...

/ December 21, 2007

Bridging the Divide: Christian Volunteering

Ideas or action? The divide goes back millenia.  Aristotle and Plato promoted the life of contemplation–theoria–as superior to the life of action–praxis. It is a tension which Christianity has never been able to escape. In the last twelve months, I...

/ December 4, 2007

Critiquing Christian Freedom: Karl Barth on Romans 14:16-18

Sometimes, it seems that there are few things my generation of evangelicals loves more than their ‘Christian freedom.’ Many of us excitedly spurn the restraints of our parents, enjoying (within moderation!) the pleasures that were taboo in the churches and...

/ November 19, 2007

Resurrection and Moral Order: The End of the Moral Life

***Note: I am precising Oliver O’Donovan’s Resurrection and Moral Order: An Outline for Evangelical Ethics this week here at Mere-O. I hope you will work through the challenging and provocative theological ethic that O’Donovan articulates.*** Chapter Twelve: The End of...

/ October 27, 2007

Resurrection and Moral Order: The Double Aspect of the Moral Life

***Note: I am precising Oliver O’Donovan’s Resurrection and Moral Order: An Outline for Evangelical Ethics this week here at Mere-O. I hope you will work through the challenging and provocative theological ethic that O’Donovan articulates.*** Chapter 11: The Double Aspect...

/ October 26, 2007

Resurrection and Moral Order: The Moral Subject

***Note: I am precising Oliver O’Donovan’s Resurrection and Moral Order: An Outline for Evangelical Ethics this week here at Mere-O. I hope you will work through the challenging and provocative theological ethic that O’Donovan articulates.*** Chapter 10: The Moral Subject...

/ October 25, 2007

Resurrection and Moral Order: The Moral Field

***Note: I am precising Oliver O’Donovan’s Resurrection and Moral Order: An Outline for Evangelical Ethics this week here at Mere-O. I hope you will work through the challenging and provocative theological ethic that O’Donovan articulates.*** Part Three: The Form of...

/ October 24, 2007