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Receiving Love

April 30th, 2021 / 1 Comment

I drew often from personal experiences when writing my forthcoming book introducing Open and Relational Theology. In this essay, I talk about how I express receiving love and God does too. Thank You for that Sermon In my twenties, I served as an associate pastor in Walla Walla, Washington. (A town so good they named […]

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Life (and God) is Like a Movie

April 14th, 2021 / No Comments

My new book introduces open and relational theology to the general public. The manuscript is currently in the review stage. But here’s an excerpt to give you a taste! TIME Before the digital age, movie-makers shot movies on film. A filmstrip comprising single images moved rapidly through a projector’s light beam. Although images were static, […]

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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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