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A few years ago I wrote a book called Freedom of the Self that was an extended reflection on what it would mean to embrace the call of Philippians 2: 5 – 11 as more than a designation of Christ’s servanthood and self-emptying of the Divine, but a syllabus for the life we are to be living as what I called “the kenotic self”. The word ‘kenosis’ is the … There’s more to read here.
Last year I published a book entitled Freedom of the Self which was essentially an extended meditation on missional and emergent theology in light of kenosis. The book gets into areas of Continental philosophy as well and is one of those arguments in theology that often casts you as a radical, heretic, apostate or worse. One of the points I tried to make in the book is that the … There’s more to read here.
This past week I have been fortunate to be with a group of good friends of pastors, elders, and professors through a program called the Re-Forming ministry project through the PCUSA. We have had some rich, at times challenging, and ultimately humbling and unifying discussions. Through breaking bread together, laughing together, at times weeping together, and worshiping God together, strangers have become friends and these friendships are changing the way we … There’s more to read here.
As I discuss in the opening chapter of my 2010 book Freedom of the Self, popular music since the late 1960’s has been replete with claims of what it means to have identity in the world. Whether our sense of identity is bound up in the longing for love, the loss of our past, or the social injustice that removes people from seeing their true beauty and worth, popular … There’s more to read here.
As I have begun to receive comments on my recent book Freedom of the Self, one of the questions I have had is for follow-up reading – people who are tilling the same soil I am seeking to work in bringing together continental philosophy, Christian mysticism, and a deep concern for the contemporary accelerated culture within which live in Western culture. One of the books I point people to … There’s more to read here.
Tom Oord at Northwest Nazarene University posted his summer reading list and included Freedom of the Self on the list:
Many thanks Tom for the kind thoughts!… There’s more to read here.
To escape the Seattle heatwave, my daughters took me to see “Toy Story 3″ last night (air conditioning and a good flick beat sitting in our house that was reaching 90 degrees upstairs). I had read quite a few reviews and heard that Pixar really hit the ball over the back field fence in completing the Toy Story trilogy and this was certainly the case. My friend Jeff Overstreet – … There’s more to read here.
Friends – my new book Freedom of the Self: Kenosis, Cultural Identity and Mission at the Crossroads is about to be published and I have a web deal for you. The book will be available July 1st but won’t be up on Amazon and other sites for a few more weeks. My publisher has a “web deal” price of $16.80 if you order directly from the URL I am providing. Feel … There’s more to read here.
Some of you know that I have been working on a book project looking at the nature of “kenosis” in Christian identity formation. “Kenosis” is a Greek term taken from Phil. 2:7, where Christ is spoken of as having “emptied himself” (NRSV) as the true mark of what constitutes humanity. There has been much discussion about this entire crucial passage (2:6 – 11), and the scholarship surrounding the exegetical history of … There’s more to read here.
I am reading David Walsh’s The Modern Philosophical Revolution: The Luminosity of Existence right now and am just thunderstruck with how clean, concise and thoughful he is. A fantastic read and truly a must for my continental geek friends out there.
Here is a great takeaway on the nature of Faith as Walsh reflects on the legacy of Søren Kierkegaard:
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