Posts under "Open and Relational Theology"

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 […]

Read More

Is Time of Death Preordained?

May 20th, 2016 / 3 Comments

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

My Response to Roger Olson

November 30th, 2015 / 11 Comments

Dear Roger, Thanks for taking the time to review and critique my new book, The Uncontrolling Love of God. I have long been a fan of your work, and I read your blog on occasion. I often find your writing commendable and frequently recommend it to my students and friends.   I consider myself a […]

Read More