Posts under "Open and Relational Theology"

Thank Goodness, God is Not in Control!

May 1st, 2018 / 4 Comments

In the book I’m currently writing, I’m dealing with the idea that God punishes. It’s a tricky issue. But I’m arguing that there are natural negative consequences to sin and evil. Although the idea God punishes is largely absent in the New Testament, numerous passages describe the pain, destruction, and confusion that sin and evil […]

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What Does God’s Love Do?

March 7th, 2018 / No Comments

If God’s love is uncontrolling, what does it actually do? Is God involved in our lives? Or is God like an object that inspires without directly affecting us? Something else? In a recent International Journal of Systematic Theology article, Kevin Vanhoozer offers a dialogue between John Webster’s views of love and my own. Kevin wonders […]

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Does God Control the Wind and Waves?

February 28th, 2018 / 1 Comment

In a recent International Journal of Systematic Theology article, Kevin Vanhoozer offered a dialogue between John Webster’s views of love and my own. In one section, he wonders if my view of God’s uncontrolling love accounts for miracles, including the biblical claim that “even the wind and waves obey” Jesus. I think it does. Vanhoozer […]

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15 Myths and Realities of Healing

January 26th, 2018 / 13 Comments

I’m currently writing a book aimed at helping victims and those who love them. In one chapter, I address the idea that God heals. I’m not only interested in explaining how healing works, I’m also interested in explaining why many are NOT healed. To conclude this chapter, I decided to summarize my main points with […]

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Does God Have Emotions?

November 4th, 2017 / 2 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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