Martin Luther the Man

On October 31, 1517, in the little hamlet of Wittenberg, the world was set on fire when Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to a church door. The timing was perfect to instigate a change even though Luther was just a lone monk who, through his own personal struggles and experiences, came to a new understanding [...]

Post-Truth Thoughts: Becoming Bigger, Stronger, Wiser, Kinder

As I'm putting the finishing touches on numerous Spring 2017 national meeting reports, I thought I'd share with you my article "Bigger, Stronger, Wiser, Kinder," which was published today on Bishop John Shelby Spong's website, and share a few words about why I wrote it. Ever since the rise of words like "alt-fact" and "post-truth," [...]

Tominaga: Japan’s 18th-Century Pioneer of Historical Consciousness

Today I published a guest article over at Bishop John Shelby Spong's Transformation Now newsletter. The article, called "Japan's 18th-Century Pioneer of Historical Consciousness," introduces Japanese historian Tominaga Nakamoto and how his ideas were used (against his original intent) to justify Buddhist persecution during the Meiji Restoration.

God Is Not King

God is not king. God is not a master, and we are not in bondage to God. This was the consensus reached by Fall 2016 session of the Seminar on God and the Human Future with the guidance of guest theologians J. Kameron Carter and Keri Day. A formal report on the session will appear [...]

Necropolitics, Hauntology & Biblical Studies

Necropolitics and haunting … no, I’m not talking about Halloween, although there is something uncanny about this new language of biblical studies. If you appreciate liberation theology and its many cousins, you’ll probably find “hauntology” meaningful, too. But let’s not collapse these topics too quickly.