“Suffering is a part of life. It is only our culture that thinks it isn’t. We think nothing will happen, but then it does. Not because we’re being punished, or God hates us, but because that’s life. Bad things happen. But we disagree and go into this crisis.”
“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
I love my theology professor in a kind of "I really want to be your friend and have you give me advice on things, but I respect you so much that I'm also deeply intimidated by you."
“We use metaphors like this because we need some way to describe something that is essentially indescribable. But not all metaphors are created equal, folks. Sometimes we freeze metaphors, and keep them for so long so that they become literal. That’s why we get one old guy with a beard, one young guy with a beard, and a bird. And that’s supposed to be the Holy Trinity. Two white guys and a bird.”
My family should really know by now what they’re getting into when they have theological conversations with me.
“God’s “Yes” is stronger than any “No”.”
“Nothing of the goodness of our humanity is punishable. Nothing in the way God created us.”
“God is not like anything on earth, because if it was like anything else on earth, it would be easy to see it as simply a projection by humans.”
“Don’t give up ANYTHING to people who would use it negatively. That’s just throwing away language.”
“If you love, you will suffer. In a broken world there is no love without suffering. God suffers on the cross through the lens of LOVE, rather than just the lens of suffering.”
“When we internalize inferiority, we internalize the self-loathing and that is a sin because we are made in God’s image. It is the sin of self-doubt.”
“The Trinity does not have parts. It is three divine persons, but not parts. The Trinity is not your car.”
It’s the end of my first year at seminary.
“Why is it that the Bible is full of narratives rather than definitions? The case is that the story is best told as a story. Doctrine is shorthand for the story.”