Beatitudes, Not Platitudes shows that the Beatittudes are not overuesed, well-worn answers to the question, “What would Jesus do?” Rather, they are undervalued and hardly touched claims that transform our destinies. More than spiritual nuggets for personal devotion, practical advice or propositions to be believed, the Beatitudes in Matthew 5 envision and entail a reorientation […]
Evangelical Zen is part Augustine’s Confessions and part Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Here Paul Louis Metzger, an Evangelical Christian, reflects on his spiritual journey—an inner pilgrimage of sorts that weaves through a physical forty-day journey with his family to Japan. The experiences of that journey, the beauties of Japan, its […]
Challenging the consumerism that fosters ethnic and economic divisions and distorts evangelical Christianity, “Consuming Jesus” puts forth a theologically grounded call to restructure the church’s passions and practices, transforming the evangelical imagination around a nobler, all-consuming vision of the Christian faith.
Working from an intimate knowledge of all of Barth’s writings, Metzger shows how Barth’s doctrine of the Word provides a sound basis on which to build a theological model of culture that guards against the two extremes of either the divinization or the secularization of culture, while at the same time nurturing a healthy appreciation for the secular domain.