The Plague of Trinity Sunday Preaching (Series on “Minding the Web”)

“This is Trinity Sunday. Across Christendom preachers are trying to ex­plain “Trinity” to their congregations. God is one, but God is three. How can one be three we ask? Attempts to explain the Trinity I fear often result not only in dull sermons but, even worse, heresy. Even more debilitating is the reality that the heresy evoked by such attempts is not recognized as heresy. It is not even clear if the person that represents the heresy thinks being a heretic is a “bad thing.” Continue reading The Plague of Trinity Sunday Preaching (Series on “Minding the Web”)

The Fears of the Courageous (Series on “Minding the Web”)

“Who you are, moreover, makes all the difference. The courageous know fears the coward can never know. Of course, cowards may be over­whelmed with fear, but they do not know the fears of the courageous, because the fears of the courageous are fears honed by being courageous. Continue reading The Fears of the Courageous (Series on “Minding the Web”)

Life Under the Law When We Are a Law Unto Ourselves (Series on “Minding the Web”)

“We do not think we live in a time when moral conventions (which is just another word for the Law) determine our lives, but we do. We may not quite be in a Jane Austen world, but we are close. Jane Austen lived in a world of clear social conventions in which everyone knew what was the right thing to do or say, particularly when you were at dinner. Her novels are relentless investigations of whether people who always seem to do the right thing, in fact, have a true heart. Continue reading Life Under the Law When We Are a Law Unto Ourselves (Series on “Minding the Web”)

Announcing the Publication of “Minding the Web”

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the publication of Minding the Web: Making Theological Connections by Stanley Hauerwas with Robert J. Dean by Cascade Books.  The book is currently available for purchase through Wipf and Stock and in the days ahead will be available through many of your favorite book-sellers. Continue reading Announcing the Publication of “Minding the Web”

Sin, What it Is and What It’s Not (Series on “Minding the Web”)

“The good news is we do not get to be our own judge. We do not get to determine what our sins may be. The devil, the great tempter, would have us believe that we should want to be like that false god, who we assume to be self-sufficient, self-affirming, self-desiring, the supreme be­ing, self-centered and rotating about himself. The problem, of course, is that he is not the God who has come to us in Jesus Christ. That God—the God that has come to us in Christ—is sufficient to Himself, but that suf­ficiency is the love that has constituted the life of the Trinity from all eternity. Our sin, quite simply, is our refusal to be loved by such a God.”1 Continue reading Sin, What it Is and What It’s Not (Series on “Minding the Web”)

  1. Stanley Hauerwas, “Repentance: A Lenten Meditation,” in Minding the Web: Making Theological Connections, edited by Robert J. Dean (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2018), 213.

“Remembering Rightly: The Pastoral Dilemma of Remembrance Day” (5th Anniversary Reprint)

It has come to my attention that people have been searching for my 2013 article “Remembering Rightly: The Pastoral Dilemma of Remembrance Day.”  The article was originally published in Volume 5 (November 2013) of the online journal Missio Dei: Tyndale Seminary’s Journal of Missional Christianity.  The essay was by far and away the most commented upon article to appear in the journal.  It appears that the online journal is no longer active, so I have decided to make the article available here. Continue reading “Remembering Rightly: The Pastoral Dilemma of Remembrance Day” (5th Anniversary Reprint)

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