How to Read Theory

After all, when we’re reading theory, surely we’re not looking for that golden unicorn–the one thinker who can give us the answers to everything already formed. Surely we’re reading theory because that comprehensive answer is still lacking, and we’re trying our best to put the comprehensive answer together. No one has yet provided the comprehensive answer, and maybe no one ever will, but one thing I know is, that unicorn has yet to be born. … More How to Read Theory

What Does the Incarnation Mean? Christmas 2020 (Video)

This is a reading of my blog post “Christmas 2020: What Does the Incarnation Mean? Three Insights.” Instead of discussing whether the event happened or whether Jesus could really also be God, I ask “If we believe this, how does it change things?” The Incarnation puts us into an uncomfortable place, especially in this year when we can so clearly see how messed up the world has become, largely due to human actions. It puts us in an uncomfortable place because it asks way more of people than they have been willing to do so far. … More What Does the Incarnation Mean? Christmas 2020 (Video)

Christmas 2020: What Does Incarnation Mean? Three Insights.

God becoming man in flesh is perhaps the biggest belief-ask of Christianity. We call Jesus being born “the incarnation.” This literally means enfleshment; God becoming a real man, not just the illusion of one. If we want to entertain this belief, what insights does it give? … More Christmas 2020: What Does Incarnation Mean? Three Insights.

What is Dignity? A Message for Everyone (Short Takes)

On Election Day, I wanted to share a message for everyone, not one “side” or the other, and not just for today. Human dignity is under assault from many quarters, but even in this most difficult season, with Covid and an election where it feels like the stakes are incredibly high, it is even more important to step back and remember who we are–and who we could be. Inspired by several studies of honor that I have made over the years, including Honor in America? Tocqueville on American Enlightenment. … More What is Dignity? A Message for Everyone (Short Takes)