Quadrilateral: Experience (Part Four)

IV. EXPERIENCE: (Much of what was written in the previous article about “Reason” could also apply to “Experience.” Reason and Experience are closely related within the human psyche. I will not repeat what we wrote about Reason that is applicable to Experience.)  Definitions of Experience: Direct observation or participation in… Continue reading

Quadrilateral: Reason (Part 3)

III) REASON: At the beginning of my second year of teaching in college, a biologist joined the faculty. We seemed to be kindred spirits, and I looked forward to having a new friend in an academic setting. However, one day early on in our acquaintance, he came to my office… Continue reading

Quadrilateral: Tradition (Part 2)

II) TRADITION: Whenever I hear the word “tradition,” I naturally think of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The overture of that musical focuses on the importance of tradition in the Jewish community. The musical centers on the struggles of one Jewish man named Tevye. Three of his daughters choose marriage partners… Continue reading

Quadrilateral: Scripture (Part 1)

[In the Sunday school class I teach, we recently discussed the Wesleyan Quadrilateral as a model for building one’s theology. In our post-modern world, individual Christians need a theology that is appropriate as we attempt to live in ways that are faithful to the good news of Jesus Christ as… Continue reading

The Last Judgment (Part Two)

Evil will not have the last word. There is no place in the New Heaven and the New Earth for those whose lives are defined by greed, violence, and idolatry. But God’s judgment is not for the purpose of punishing forever. God’s judgment is designed to set things right and to bring reconciliation and healing. Continue reading

The Last Judgment (Part One)

For most people, the primary emotion felt when they hear the words “the Last Judgment” is fear. Terrifying paintings and descriptions of that judgment dating from the Middle Ages have prepared generations of Christians to tremble when they think of that event. And in our own day, revivalist preachers have… Continue reading

Why Eschatology is Important (Part One)

My fellow liberal Christians are puzzled by one aspect of my approach to theology. I have always had an interest in eschatology and believe that it is a vital and indispensable part of our faith. Liberals on the whole see little need to speculate about “the Last Things.” In fact,… Continue reading

The Contemporary Relevance of the Book of Revelation for the Church (Part 2)

*Throughout Revelation there is a cosmic focus. The world in terms of nature and cultural achievements is never forgotten. And the cosmos is understood to be participating in the painful and destructive consequences of sin as well as being promised inclusion in the ultimate redemption and transformation. John is not… Continue reading

The Contemporary Relevance of the Book of Revelation for the Church (Part 1)

(Before reading this blog article I would advise readers to read an earlier article entitled “Some Thoughts about the Book of Revelation.” A knowledge of that earlier blog entry will help in appreciating the two articles I am now ready to present on the relevance of Revelation for our time.)… Continue reading

The Rapture Hoax (Part 2)

My reasons for presenting these sermons on the Rapture are as follows: it figures greatly in the way many Americans think about the end of time; the idea of Rapture is based on a fanciful and false interpretation of the Bible; and belief in the Rapture leads to dangerous and… Continue reading