As good as it gets: Self-Other encounter and the promise of outsidedness

In my blog on July 12 (https://burningbelly.blog/2018/07/12/tear-down-the-walls-no-transform-them/) I published some material from a book I was writing in early 2012, on relational encounter and outsidedness (a Bakhtinian idea). The following is the second part of that blog and goes deeper into the idea of outsidedness itself, using the Jack Nicholson movie As Good As It … Continue reading As good as it gets: Self-Other encounter and the promise of outsidedness

As Evangelicalism dies, the world cries out for cruciform love: a dialogue with Brad Jersak

I had a dialogue today with Canadian author and theologian Brad Jersak about the death of American evangelicalism, the retributive violence of the Trumpian-Christian worldview, and what theology might look like as it moves back into the public square and offers hope in these dark times. The following is a snippet. David: “What is the … Continue reading As Evangelicalism dies, the world cries out for cruciform love: a dialogue with Brad Jersak

Tear down the walls? No, transform them

Some unpublished thoughts on outsidedness, differentiation, and the transformative power of encountering the other The most dramatic event in the life of my childhood church was the day someone fired a gun during the Breaking of Bread service and almost killed old Mr Foster. Mr Foster, who was famous throughout the north-west of England for … Continue reading Tear down the walls? No, transform them