“I have some concerns about the Enneagram.” People who like the Enneagram: “That means you don’t understand the Enneagram.” So, this is a followup to my previous post, “Enneagram? Meh.” I want to start with a response email whose subject line was “Enneagram? Mehgusta.” This delightfully snarky wordplay-as-riposte indicates that it was written by myContinue reading “Enneagrammar Issues”
A Reading of Sallie McFague, Models of God: Theology for an Ecological, Nuclear Age (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1987), Part 1.
A Missional Method for Constructive Theology (Part 6) Many theological methods are concerned with relevance and, as a matter of academic legitimacy, current ideas. Relevance and currency are valid interests, but missional theology assumes that more is at stake in attending to context. Being teleological and participatory, missional theology understands the viability (livability) of theologyContinue reading “An Aside on the Post-Everything Context”
I was going to say “happy Reformation Day,” but then I read Stanley Hauerwas’s Washington Post article. He’s right: division is not to be celebrated. Reform is, though, even if it’s not usually a happy process. As a member of the Stone-Campbell Movement, I stand in a tradition of reformers. As a student of Scripture,Continue reading “Reformation Day 2017”
A Missional Method for Constructive Theology (Part 2) Missional theology is a movement without a method—a movement with many methods. Born of interculturality, contextualism, and an adaptive instinct, the missional disposition entails a certain eclecticism, even a methodological relativism. Indeed, the commitment to mission precedes the question of method and judges the demand for methodologicalContinue reading “My Thesis”
A Missional Method for Constructive Theology (Part 1) Constructive theology inevitably involves a method. Even theologians like Jürgen Moltmann, who said of his own method, “The road emerged only as I walked it,” operate with an “implicit method.”[1. Jürgen Moltmann, Experiences in Theology: Ways and Forms of Christian Theology, trans. Margaret Kohl (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2000),Continue reading “A Missional Method?”