Theological Cartography Syndrome

Listen. Evaluate. Think for Yourself.

Sometimes, when one falls under the influence of a particular author or scholar, one comes to see their opinions as indisputable. They become a theological map-maker (cartographer) for us rather than a trail-guide or teacher. When was the last time you took serious issue with a scholar most of your peers seemed to agree with–say […]

The Obedient Pastor

Obedience Precedes Relevance

Most pastors I know have a more up-and-down devotional life than most church members think they do–but a deeper relationship to God than they themselves think they do. What any of us think isn’t the point. The point is that without our earnest pursuit of God’s heart in it’s vast entirety we will live and serve from […]

Empathy Isn’t Theology

"The Struggle is Real" Is Not Theology

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When confronted with a clash between what one believes and what one feels experientially, it is increasingly common to hear someone respond, “I use to believe that, until I met a…”, “Why don’t you get to know a…before you…,“ or, “We don’t have any right to say that if we haven’t walked in their shoes.” Such […]