Deconstructing Systematic Theology: What’s the Point?

31 Oct

Introduction On this, the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his famous 95 theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg in 1517, I thought I’d do some reflections on theology. I’ll begin by posing a question: What is … Read More »

Theoclasm in the Bible: A Look at the Book of Job

13 Aug

Introduction Have you had a theoclasm yet? Don’t worry, if you haven’t had such an experience, it’ll happen to you at some point. In fact, if you identify in any way with Christianity—maybe you’ve called yourself a Christian for years—then … Read More »

The God That Failed: A Theoclasm in the Making

4 Aug

Introduction Is it actually possible to construct good theology from a secular heavy metal band? Thomas Aquinas reportedly stated, “If someone says something true, you don’t ask ‘Who said it?’ but rather, ‘Is it true?’” In a YouTube interview with … Read More »

Show 33: MindShift: Exploring Theoclasms and Challenging Our Views of God (with Gary Hayes)

28 Jul

Why did one fish turn to the other at fish church on a Sunday and say: “I’m sure glad the ocean turned up today.” What does that have to do with our views of God? Explore the subject of theoclasm with … Read More »

Show 32: MindShift: Becoming a Person of Positivity (with Lisa Heacock)

21 Jul

What does it take to have a MindShift and move from being a negative, cynical person to a person of positivity? This involves far more than just “putting on a happy face” and pretending that everything is fine. It’s a … Read More »

Show 28: British Accents (Mike Nimz) “Live Simply, That Others May Simply Live” (Part 1)

23 Jun

What exactly is an Anabaptist, or a Mennonite? What’s the relationship between those two traditions? Do you have to become an Amish person in order to join such a church? Mike Nimz and his wife Cheryl are part of the … Read More »

Show 25: British Accents (Ryan Warren) “Seeing Beyond the Veil of Humanity” (Part 2)

2 Jun

If you are a Christian, and attend church regularly (or even semi-regularly), why do you go? What is the purpose of church, anyway? Does church exist to serve the people that attend, or do the people serve the church–and maybe … Read More »

Show 23: British Accents (Gary Hayes) Having a Theoclasm? (Part 2)

19 May

“If I go down a blind alley, it’s only because I went there looking for more of God. If I don’t find him, I’ll come back out and keep going!” Wise words from Mr Gary Hayes, describing what it means … Read More »

Show 22: British Accents (Gary Hayes) “Having a Theoclasm?” Part 1

12 May

“I’d rather that an unsafe building be torn down, and rebuilt, than carry on living in it–just because I don’t want change.” Wise words from Gary Hayes, this week’s “British Accents” episode on The Preacher’s Forum podcast! What’s a “theoclasm”? … Read More »

Show 21: British Accents (Keith Rycroft) “A Non-Theistic Quaker” Part 2

5 May

What happens when you begin to “run out of road” on the spiritual path you’re on? When the faith you were brought up to believe in no longer works for you? Listen in to find out what happened to Keith … Read More »