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“Thank God We Skipped Friday!”

“Thank God We Skipped Friday!”

“He is risen!” read the headline of a newsletter of a Christian ministry I received yesterday. I was taken aback. No! I thought. He hasn’t even died yet. Heck, he hasn’t even been crucified, what’s the rush?

My issue is not so much that not all people follow the liturgical calendar. I am notoriously bad in remembering the important days of Christianity (except Christmas). No, it’s just that too many Christians want to skip Friday. They don’t want to be reminded of it. They desire to relegate the shame of the cross to a historical event in the past. It’s over now, they say, he’s risen! Which is code language for: we live in victory.

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My Struggle With Evangelicalism: From Inerrant Word to Subjugated World

My Struggle With Evangelicalism: From Inerrant Word to Subjugated World

In my previous post, I discussed my experience in evangelicalism and focused on four things that were instrumental in pushing me out. These four were: the hunger for power, the lack of freedom to ask questions, the inability to deal with suffering an lament, and the know-it-all attitude that places evangelical thought on a pedestal. These four things describe the environment as it was and why I started to feel more and more uneasy. They eventually became objections too.

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A Worldly Theology for Worldly Christians

A Worldly Theology for Worldly Christians

Theologians think about a lot of things. They think about God, the world, and also the God-world relationship. They call this theology. We theologians have turned this word theology into a verb: “theologizing,” or “doing theology.” This is because theology is an activity. It is the act of shaping the imagination about how the world and God are related and what this means for humanity, not just theoretically, philosophically, or theologically, but especially: practically and ethically. Theology is, together with philosophy, music, and art, about how we imagine and embody time and space.

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My Experience in Evangelicalism: Four Things that Pushed Me Out

My Experience in Evangelicalism: Four Things that Pushed Me Out

Leaving Evangelicalism wasn’t easy and it didn’t come overnight either. I come from a family of extremely dedicated evangelicals. My parents even started an evangelical home church in the second half of the sixties, turning their back on an increasingly liberal Reformed Church as they dedicated themselves to Billy Graham and his Gospel. I’ve deeply respected my parents and their faith and still do. I even became an ardent supporter of my Dad’s Church, eventually making it to assistant-pastor. The point is, I was an evangelical. Evangelicalism was all I knew from my earliest youth.

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Is het irrationeel om te geloven?

Is het irrationeel om te geloven?

Scientias.nl is een van mijn favoriete websites. Juist omdat ik mijzelf ophoud in het kengebied van de geesteswetenschappen, heb ik erg veel behoefte aan toegankelijke informatie uit de natuurwetenschappen die to-the-point is, de boel samenvat en mij in staat stelt een beetje op de hoogte te blijven van nieuwe ontdekkingen en wetenschappelijke doorbraken.

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Christ as the Absence of God

Christ as the Absence of God

What I’m going to write here may sound controversial to some. But it is necessary that I do this. Before I plunge ahead, I think it is important to state that a Christian theology cannot talk about God’s absence in Christ without bookending the Christ-event with incarnation and resurrection. If one wants to be a Christian theologian one simply has to do so, standing on the promise of God’s presence (Immanuel) and living in the hope of the last things of which the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a harbinger. Yet, a genuine Christian theology that does justice to the existential realities of humanity, must also acknowledge the ambiguity of both promise of presence and hope of renewal. I believe, good theology will pause where others have often refused to tarry; it will linger where others have refrained to do so out of fear of the unknown.

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Beloningscultuur bij de ING: godsdienst van de zelfverrijking

Beloningscultuur bij de ING: godsdienst van de zelfverrijking

En ja hoor, onder druk van de publieke opinie trok de ING vandaag het voorstel in om topman Hamers een opslagje van 50% mee te geven, terwijl de gewone ING werknemers, je weet wel, diegenen die na een wegbezuiniging van duizenden medewerkers zijn overgebleven, het met 1,7% moeten doen.

Terwijl iedereen vol verontwaardiging de stem verheft over de schandelijke graaizucht van de lieden aan de top van het bankwezen, hopen en verwachten de heren in de hoge torens van de macht dat de bui snel over zal waaien. Ze moeten met de tijd mee en kunnen niet bij de internationale trends achterblijven. Het is toch immers in het belang van de bank dat talent wordt vastgehouden en dat omwille van een duidelijke beleidsvoering de stabiliteit in de leiding wordt gewaarborgd, etc.

Toen echter duizenden klanten hun rekening bij de ING opzegden en op zoek gingen naar een bank die ethisch verantwoord opereert, ging de ING snel over stag: laten we maar van die bonus afzien. Heel vermakelijk: dit was een bonus om van af te zien, letterlijk en figuurlijk.