Category: LTS Systematic Theology

I Mean, What Can Really Change in 2 Weeks?

Final paper aside, I’ve made it through Systematic Theology I. Today’s challenge was to revisit my first blog post (click HERE to read it) and discover what’s changed or what’s not changed. I was challenged about everything…and nothing. How can one’s theology be challenged if one has already lost everything and is still in the process of trying to figure…

Fidget Spinner Trinity

They are the rage of students and the bane of teachers (and aunties) alike. Popularity or effectiveness aside, how can fidget spinners demonstrate a theology of the Trinity? Let’s take a singular fidget spinner. That choice in and of itself is a critical point in our metaphor. If monotheism is a theology Christianity is seeking to protect, we need to…

Merry (Early) Christmas!

It snowed it Alberta today so I thought it fitting our assignment was to dig into the divinity and humanity of Jesus in our traditional Christmas hymns. Yes, yes, I know…snow wasn’t a part of the original advent narratives. But when one lives in Canada, snow pretty much becomes a part of everything. 😀 Cheers.

Living in the Question of Psalm 22

I presented a sermon today on the soteriology of Psalm 22. Check it out if you want context. Check out the video to hear my follow up. 2017-09-18_In-Class Presentation 02_EThomas

A Song of Sacrifice

I rather like the Kyrie in the ELW’s Setting 10. That’s why I chose it. No other reason really. I’d like to think I’m neither drawn nor repulsed by sacrificial soteriology, although I’m coming to understand more and more how non-Christians cringe at the staggering number of songs we sing about blood — being cleansed in blood, being washed in…

Screwed Up, Now What?

I was told not to wander into the Roma slum alone. I was a single, Canadian woman and it was not safe for me to enter this community without invitation. Being the curious privileged person I was, I ignored the warnings and wandered into one of Bucharest’s slum villages. I was going to take pictures of real poverty. I was…

Imago Dei: Losing My Mind

During my darkest depressions — when I sought to take my own life — I had no care about whether or not I was losing my mind. It was already gone and I didn’t possess the capacity to care even if I could. Learning about how being made in the image of God has traditionally meant the capacity for reason…

Theological Sources — Formation & Understanding of Self Over Time

I my own life, moving from fundamentalist theology towards an expansive theology is more like a maze filled with tripwires and booby traps than a linear line. In the beginning, my sources of theology were Sunday school and church — both using the bible as the literal, inerrant word of God (sola Scriptura), and most evangelical churches I attended excluded…