True Religion? It may seem strange that a chapter in Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics that began with such a harsh criticism of human religion, ends with a discussion of true religion. Remember Barth's sweeping statement? "Religion is unbelief." Religion reveals the sin and pride of humanity, grasping after divine power and trying to justify itself. … Continue reading True Religion
It is sometimes said, “Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship.” The assumptions behind this statement are: 1) religion is the human attempt to control the cosmic powers that rule over the world and to justify itself before those powers; 2) Christianity has features that make it different from all other religions and that … Continue reading An Orientation to Karl Barth’s Critique of Human Religion
I Read Karl Barth and I Liked It by Michael Bird to the tune of "I Kissed a Girl and I Liked It" by Katy Perry This was never the way I planned, not automatic. I got so brave, book in hand, read Church Dogmatics. It’s not what I was told, he’s big on … Continue reading I Read Karl Barth and I Liked It
I interviewed Michael Bird in May 2016. Michael is an academic, author and teacher. My talk with him was a number of firsts for me. It was the first time I'd interviewed a fellow Australian. It was the first time I'd interviewed over Skype. And it was the first time I'd interviewed someone funnier than … Continue reading Interview with Michael Bird
Check out this hilarious parody video from Park Community Church. It's about the shallowness of much that passes for worship these days. This must be the first worship song to include the word "avocado".
There are some great audio resources on the interwebs and I just wanted you to know about some of them and how you can find them. In 1962 Karl Barth delivered the Warfield Lectures at Princeton seminary. These lectures were later published as one of Barth's most popular books Evangelical Theology: an Introduction. I'd recommend this … Continue reading What I’m listening to
This interview with Brian Zahnd, founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church and author of A Farewell to Mars, was first posted on our Facebook page on 25 March 2015. I'm proud to post it again here. Karl Barth for Dummies: Brian, tell us a bit about yourself, your family, your current home and ministry? Brian … Continue reading Interview with Brian Zahnd
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