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  1. bob1 says:

    Good musings! Great to hear how you’re doing.

    Re: Moltmann. Are there any of his books that you’d consider most profound? Besides The Crucified God…

  2. Michael says:


    “Jürgen Moltmann in Plain English”…good primer to decide what else you might want to explore…

  3. sarahmorgan says:

    The story of David French’s experience is painfully sad — one of my siblings had a similar experience in the PCA, being “cancelled” (before the term was conceived and popularized) for revealing that they were gay — and infuriating, as it brought to mind my own past experiences in local churches where I kept looking around at the insecurity, territoriality, arrogance, craziness, and hostility all around and asking myself, “Do these people even subscribe to the very basics of Jesus’ teachings?”….if it had just been the congregation I perhaps could’ve handled it, but it was all of the leaders, too, and it drove me out of church for good (after decades of church service and ministry). Prayers for you and your mother as you both settle into your new living circumstances.

  4. Michael says:


    I will never understand churches “cancelling” the people that Jesus calls to Himself…but it’s an epidemic now…

  5. Terry says:

    6 – Stanley Haurwas, Craig Keener, Walter Brueggemann, N.T. Wright and Scot McKnight are still kicking. Not all technically theologians, but Bible scholars. I will enjoy their new contributions while I can.

    3 – This youtube channel does a good job of introducing significant theologians in 5 minutes.
    Moltmann –
    How to read Motlmann –

  6. Michael says:


    Agreed…though I’m not a fan of McKnight…those links are very helpful.

  7. bob1 says:

    Michael, thanks for the great recommendation.

  8. R'as al Ghul says:

    Somthing about standing on the shoulders of giants comes to mind.

  9. Pineapple Head says:

    Hey Michael, what about McKnight keeps you from being a fan?

  10. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael, congratulations on your move… It’s a good thing!

  11. Michael says:


    I find him to be little more than as poser…his translation of the NT is full of unnecessary “unique” translations…and I know folks who have had less than pleasant interactions with him when he’s questioned. If others find him helpful, that’s a good thing.

  12. Michael says:

    Thanks you, Duane…I think it will end up being a net positive. Looks spiffy on Zoom… 🙂

  13. .5 – I’ve always been afraid of clowns.

  14. Donner says:

    Catio. Cool! I like cats, Michael, but they (or rather, their dander) don’t like me. So I must stay away from them. In years past I contented myself with a shelter dog named Sandy. She has been gone several years now, but her cozy place in my heart brings me warmth and consolation on occasion. I pray that our Lord bring you comfort, energy, and joyful anticipation of your new season.

  15. Michael says:

    rob j woodrum,

    Me too…

  16. Michael says:

    Thank you, Donner.

    I have four cats and a dog here…pretty good start on the next chapter.
    The cats go through my room to get to the catio…so I get lots of attention.

  17. Shawn says:

    Maybe the church has scared, scarred, and chased off many of those who aspired to be such because theologians almost never fit into neat little denominational boxes.

    I supposed I had aspirations of such at one point, or at least in Christian Academia, but at some point I just wore weary of have my square self shoved into round holes. I don’t have your constitution for friction.

    A new cat video recorded yesterday for you:

  18. Dan from Georgia says:

    Catio! I LOVE IT!

    For some reason I have never been bothered by clowns. I’m probably big enough to scare a few clouds myself.

    When I was more of an Evangelical, I thought we Evangelicals had ALL the answers, and those who weren’t Evangelical were somehow “spiritually maimed” at best. I don’t think that way anymore.

    I’ll have to check out Motlmann.

  19. Linn says:

    I’m glad you’re settled. You can also breathe now that you know your mom is getting full care. I know you cared for her wonderfully, but you need to care for yourself, too.

    It took my parents about two months to settle in. My step-mom’s dementia is so bad now, it’s like she has always lived there. My dad’s dementia is not as advanced, and he likes the food, the little trips out in the van, the activities… he seems happy, which makes me thankful and happy.

  20. Ted Kijeski says:

    “I still have a bit of ‘moving left'” . . . I see what you did there, Phoenix Preacher!

  21. Alex says:

    I was reading along and then came to #9 and it made me laugh out loud.
    Serious… serious… serious… I have a catio… serious… serious. Lol.
    I am glad your mother is placed and in a place you consider offers good care.
    I am very glad that you too are placed and in a very good place that will offer you good care.
    This was a long time in coming and I am glad it is now here. Rest, and be happy, Michael.

  22. Captain Kevin says:

    New International Headquarters… Love it!!

    #2 – Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow!

  23. R'as al Ghul says:


    All you need is some catio furniture (yes I hear the groans from the audience) for your cats to enjoy…

  24. Michael says:

    Thanks for all the kind words, everyone.

    The last few days have been intense with two moves and I’m reeling a bit.
    My back said enough…so I’m going to try to accomadate it.

    I’m reading everything and will try to get on a normal writing schedule soon.

    By the way…the cats have more furniture than I do… 🙂

  25. JD says:

    Years ago I worked with a guy who had an air conditioned cat house on his catio. Got a front page feature newspaper photo and story about it.
    My pooch chased the neighbor’s young kitty off of his dogio yesterday and it got stuck inside the bushes. We eventually coaxed it out.

  26. Dan from Georgia says:

    The cats have more furniture than you!?!? You really take care of your cats!

  27. Janet Linn, BrideofChrist says:

    I’m so glad that you and your mother have settled into your new homes. My mother had Alzheimer’s and she was wonderfully taken care of at her special Alzheimer’s care home. My dad was able to visit her every day as he lived close by. I hope you are able to visit your mother often – my brother was always my mom’s favorite and she was always so happy to see him. The last time I saw my mom she still knew who I was. I thank God for that small blessing! May God bless you both in your new homes, and your special cat’s new home – a catio! Swanky!

  28. Someone Else says:

    I still can’t hack it. Jesus said clearly different things than they say in PostMillenialism. Calvinism and evangelicism and Postmillenialiism is alot of -ism and doesn’t sit well with me. But who cares, really?

    I read here, and I am starting to read the early Fathers. God gave me enough faith to ask for forgiveness here once before, and to shut up and listen to Kevin et al, even Duane 😉

    How often did the early church go to church? Which NT books tell us the structure of meeting together?

  29. Jerod Hatch says:

    How many cats occupy your catio? Our tack has 15 at the moment… Alpha, Beta, Epsilon, Gamma, Kappa, Zeta, Tres Botas, Primm, Bob, Echo, Tiny, and four kittens.

  30. Michael says:

    Thank you, Janet Linn…mom doesn’t want to see me at the moment, but I’m sure it will pass…I think…

  31. Michael says:

    Someone Else,

    The early church didn’t “go to church” they “were” the church and they gathered often, especially on Sundays.

    Structure didn’t really develop as we know it until the latter part of the first century…the canon says little about it.

  32. Michael says:

    Jerod Hatch,

    We have four…

  33. Someone Else says:

    So… when Paul (?) talks about bringing a Psalm, a prayer of praise, I think is what he says, was that it? Hanging out reading scripture together and praying and talking and potluck? I know Paul was there in his church plants all day for weeks teaching, supposing someone’s house boarding him. So different… How would that even work in America? Asking because we are wondering what the point of it is in the current form. Tired of cliques and inner circles revolving around who BBQs most often on Saturday Men’s Meetings and yes men/women on boards and plugging holes in leadership with, well, why not them? Why tithe to that? It’s the way it feels, may not be the way it is, but it’s the visual that’s presented.

  34. Michael says:

    Someone Else,

    The church was a community unto itself…growing in the Lord through Word and sacrament and then living it out with each other and in front of the world.

    How it was done is not really the question…the question is how we do the same things 2000 years later…it can be done…

  35. Someone Else says:

    Thank you both for the kind words and helpful links. God bless you.

  36. Jerod says:


    You seem to be the kind that takes all comers in, so 4 will be 8 pretty soon I bet. I can’t seem to let any of ours go. I keep looking for them though they are pretty hardy cats. I forgot my Orange Cat, Ollie, my inside cat. He’s a true orange cat. Very much like Garfield. Snarky, breaks stuff when he doesn’t get his milk, bites my feet when he’s in a good mood.

  37. Owen says:

    Someone Else,
    You are not alone with wondering if how we “do church” now is worth it, I have been asking the same question for at least a couple years now. I rarely attend anymore, partly due to my health but mostly because of many of the same reasons you described. The church I am still a member of has long since become simply a social club.
    I agree with Michael – it can be done. I haven’t found it yet.

    Michael, thank you for this blog and the wisdom I have been finding here for quite some time. I don’t get time to comment oftem but I read here a lot, and in some ways this has become my church.

    …..oh, and as for the cats having more furniture than you do, how much of it did they “appropriate”? 😉

  38. Michael says:


    They have their own Amazon log in…

  39. Owen says:

    Ha! Yeah, I’ll just bet they do….

    I was thinking more along the lines of the cats deciding some of your furniture is now theirs….. 😉

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