Thursday, May 11, 2017

Master of Divinity

I graduated seminary this week. My Masters of Divinity culminated in three courses my senior year: Theological Short Stories, Capstone, and God. Here are peeks at all three finals.

Theological Short Stories:
If one followed Jesus, it would totally mess up their routines and offer no guarantee of safety. Is it better to be alive and in bondage than free but in peril?

Capstone:
This radical theological lens is the one I look through after wrestling with tradition, experience, and scripture. This is not to say I accept traditional theological interpretations without critical engagement, but rather insist on the courage required to claim personal theological truths as humanity builds our relationship with God.

God:
By enmeshing God with you, and all the rest of creation, dear reader, the result may seem unfavorable because it fuses God with the less desirable and even cruel aspects of the world. While this is true, I maintain only an ambiguous God can be deemed critically plausible, as well as empirically and metaphorically greatest in scale - and thus worthy of worship. 


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Death confrontation

This Lenten season is thrusting death in my face.
Bring it on.

This is how i know i am alive.
This is how I love.

Come death, let's walk together

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Pantheism

I affirm the concept of pantheism, whereas the size of God is not relocated to a supernatural or transrational realm, but rather is embodied in the magnitude of all creation. While our ancestors separated the world and God, shrinking God to a supernatural realm, I would argue the totality of reality (mental, physical, and spiritual) is God. This may have been seen once as a shrinking of God’s magnitude, thanks to modern science we know our temporal realm includes areas unavailable to our understanding and interaction, such as light spectrums not visible with the human eye and a multiverse of existence as established by String Theory. What is “real” is more immense than we’ve ever imagined, and nothing more glorious could be called God. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Lent 2017

Starting it a day and a half after ash Wednesday. It could be attributed to a rough week of a cold and some sleep regression issues with the toddler, but I feel like I didn't need ash Wednesday to remind me of my mortality. I've been wrestling with a deep awareness of mortality for about a year now.

Last year started with a blessed death of a beloved congregant. But that summer was filled with emersion into many terribly difficult and unexpected deaths. The fall experience turned back toward the academic with insights into a constructed theological model featuring the death of God.

The blessing of death should remind us of the importance in each living moment. Easter is the big moment I am building toward in a year, but what if it is not assured? Perhaps that is the gift of Easter, not transcendence of death, but the promise of something more than only death for our lives. In this way, death loses its power to restrain the evolutionary instinct of self-preservation which holds species back from taking innovative leaps.

The Sixth Pharisee

Based on Isaiah 61:4-7 & Luke 13:31-35 Lynnhurst Congregational United Church of Christ hosting