Posts under "Open and Relational Theology"

Does God Have Emotions?

November 4th, 2017 / No Comments

Some Christians believe God has no emotions. They believe this, in part, because they think only embodied beings have the capacity to express emotions. I think God can experience and express emotion. In a series of previous blog essays, I’ve argued that God is relational. By that I mean God gives and receives from creatures. […]

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The Jesus Argument for God’s Relationality

September 4th, 2017 / 2 Comments

Christians often say what they know best about God comes from the revelation of Jesus Christ. In Jesus, God is specially incarnated (Jn. 14:9). Those of us who think God is relational believe Jesus reveals a relational God. Jesus’ Compassion Scripture tells us that Jesus himself had compassion for those in need (Mt. 9:36, 14:4, […]

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What Does “God is Relational” Mean?

August 28th, 2017 / 2 Comments

If you read many theology books, you’ve likely come across many theologians who say God is relational. But it’s not always clear what being “relational” means. I believe God is relational, and here’s what I mean… In the past, theologians used various words as or near synonyms with “relational.” The most common was “passible.” And […]

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God IS Relational!

August 18th, 2017 / 3 Comments

It’s obvious to me that God relates with creation. It will come as a surprise to some, however, to hear that many Christians in the past and present DON’T think God relates with creation! By “relate,” I mean God influences creatures and creatures influence God. God is passible, to use the ancient language; God is […]

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A New Uncontrolling Love Book!

August 11th, 2017 / No Comments

A new book featuring 80+ essays on uncontrolling love has just been released. I’m impressed and humbled by this book’s publication! I’m impressed with Uncontrolling Love, because the six editors did a great job putting together this collection of writings. Pastors, scholars, students, activists, and other creative thinkers write the essays. They explore a wide […]

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God Can’t – Making Sense of Things

May 11th, 2017 / 2 Comments

I’m on a quest to make some sense of God and life. The journey isn’t easy. I seek help from the sciences, arts, literature, cultures, sages and saints, and wisdom traditions. I also read theological texts and devote time to thinking about God. But I see as if looking through a darkened glass. Certainty and […]

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My Response to John Sanders

December 12th, 2016 / 5 Comments

In an article published recently in the Wesleyan Theological Journal, John Sanders raises concerns about and criticizes my theological proposals in The Uncontrolling Love of God. In this essay, I answer his criticisms and explain my views in greater depth. Introduction The problem of evil is conundrum for those who believe in God. Unsolved, it […]

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