Posts under "Open and Relational Theology"

Creation Eagerly Awaits

May 31st, 2016 / 2 Comments

Guest Post by Chris Baker  “What happens in the end?” It is one of the “big questions” people have been wondering about from time immemorial. Many answers have been offered through the years. Some say in the end there is nothing. We live, we die and then we cease to exist. Others say in the […]

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Randomness and the Sovereignty of God

May 24th, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by Cameron McCown Frequently in our lives, we encounter events that seem to be random. A tornado rips through a town which hasn’t seen one in 30 years. A child is born into poverty instead of into wealth. A woman contracts cancer and beats it, only to contract cancer again. Sometimes, however, events […]

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Is Time of Death Preordained?

May 20th, 2016 / 1 Comment

Guest Post by John W. Dally “What is God waiting for?” “What have I done to deserve this?” “He/she will die when it is her time.” “It must have been his/her time.” “It was not his/her time.” “God had his hand on him/her.” “I guess God was not ready to receive him/her yet.” These statements […]

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Rethinking “God Allows”

May 17th, 2016 / 2 Comments

Guest Post by Mark Karris I am a pastor and therapist who works with those who have experienced trauma. I have recently come to the conclusion that “God allows,” in regard to evil and suffering, is a terrible theological phrase. I have discovered it often erodes trust in a profoundly loving and trustworthy God. Deconstructing […]

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My Response to Elijah Hess

May 17th, 2016 / 1 Comment

I appreciate Elijah Hess’s recent review of my book, The Uncontrolling Love of God. As I see it, Elijah has understood my argument well in some places and not so well in others. Because other readers may share some of Elijah’s concerns, I’m offering this public response in hope of providing clarity. Coercion Elijah begins […]

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Avoiding the Mystery Card

January 20th, 2016 / 14 Comments

I’ve been reading what great and not so great theologians say about evil. The vast majority believe an almighty God could stop evil. But they don’t know why a loving God doesn’t do so. It’s a mystery, they say. I’ve recently published a book that solves the problem of evil. The Uncontrolling Love of God offers […]

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Rethinking Trinity

January 6th, 2016 / 13 Comments

Keith Ward’s new book, Christ and the Cosmos: A Reformulation of Trinitarian Doctrine, inspires me. It offers ideas whose basic form I’ve been pondering for some time. But Ward puts those ideas in explicit language and encourages me to think more creatively than I have previously! I’ve been asked to write a full-length review/evaluative article […]

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Mary Cooperates with Uncontrolling Love

December 21st, 2015 / 1 Comment

“Be it unto me,” says Mary, the mother of Jesus. She speaks in response to the Spirit’s plans for a special incarnation. And in her consent, Mary becomes a powerful example of what it means to cooperate with God’s uncontrolling love. Biblical Support for Essential Kenosis Many people are saying they find attractive the vision […]

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