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God as Emotional Friend

March 31st, 2021 / 3 Comments

“God experiences emotions.” Open and relational theologians believe this statement is true. But it carries baggage. What do they mean by it? I’m nearly finished writing a book introducing open and relational theology. I write in an accessible way and explain the basic ideas. It should help both newbies and vets to identify the core […]

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Why We Embrace Open and Relational Theology

February 15th, 2021 / 6 Comments

I’m writing a book introducing open and relational theology. It’s aimed at the general public and for use in classrooms, small groups, and personal enrichment. Early in the book, I list reasons people are attracted to open and relational theology. Many of the reasons come from posts on social media. Whole books have been written […]

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Open Theism and Divine Limitations

December 9th, 2020 / 4 Comments

In his book The Future of Open Theism: From Antecedents to Opportunities (IVP Academic 2020), Richard Rice does a myriad of helpful things. He reports on the origins of open theology, describes contemporary debates among open theists, and looks at where open theism might move in the future. Rice rightly calls openness theology a “paradigm […]

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How to Thank God at Thanksgiving

November 15th, 2020 / 3 Comments

The uncontrolling love of God view has positive implications for how we think about prayers of thanksgiving. If correct, thanking an uncontrolling God makes sense. Let’s take the Thanksgiving holiday meal as a case study. Each November, Americans gather with family or friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Words of thanks sometimes enter the public […]

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Does Jesus Influence Today?

November 12th, 2020 / 3 Comments

In his ground-breaking book, Divine Self-Investment: An Open and Relational Constructive Christology, Tripp Fuller offers exciting proposals for making sense of Jesus in the 21st Century. I previously offered an overview of Fuller’s key ideas. That essay and this are part of my response to Fuller’s book at the upcoming Christ Among the Disciplines online […]

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Tripp Fuller’s Open and Relational Christology

October 27th, 2020 / 3 Comments

Tripp Fuller’s book Divine Self-Investment: an Open and Relational Constructive Christology makes an important contribution to understanding Jesus of Nazareth. In this essay, I summarize Fuller’s book. I show how he affirms Jesus as a special expression of divine self-investment. As one who joins Fuller in embracing an open and relational theological vision, I am […]

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A Merry-Go-Round Causes Evil

October 26th, 2020 / 2 Comments

Sometimes Facebook rants make good discussion starters… “If God created men, women, all creatures, and the universe in six freaking days, why is He so powerless to change the horrible things that happen on earth? He’s freaking God!!! With a wave of hand, He should be able to end all this evil. I have to […]

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Did God Resurrect Jesus Singlehandedly?

October 10th, 2020 / 21 Comments

In books and articles, I’ve argued authentic miracles never involve God’s action alone. Miracles require God and creation. But is this true of Jesus’ resurrection? Many Christians think Jesus’ resurrection the most important miracle of all. The biblical writers say “God raised Jesus from the dead” (Acts 4:10; 5:30; 1 Cor. 6:14; Eph. 1:20; Heb. […]

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