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Implications of the Uncontrolling Love of God for Preachers, Leaders and Pastors

The Prodigal Son He let him go. Although I’ve read the story of the prodigal son hundreds of times and preached on it almost as often, I’d never noticed this before. The father, despite loving his son with all his heart and yearning to be with him, is ready to let him go. Although he […]

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A Relational Solution for Climate Change

I have little knowledge about climate change. I know very little about politics. Nevertheless, as a theologian, I believe that I can make a contribution to the discussion that is both meaningful and perhaps a bit refreshing, since it takes a different perspective than what you hear day in day out. If I am honest, […]

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19 Thingifications

Depersonalization in everyday life… Emil Brunner adapts in his relational theology the conception of Buber (and Ebner) of an I-You vs. an I-it relationship. Simplified one can say that I-You stands for relationships and encounters in which we see the other as a truly “other” human being, as a person and not just an object. […]

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Saving the Service: Truth as Encounter

We have a crisis of the church service. As usual the catholic church is not as much affected by it as the protestant churches, but the reasons for this are manifold and not the topic of this article. People are leaving the church or they are still part of it, but do not attend the […]

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Systematic Theology Article

Relational Theology

Relational – a trendy word. Not just in theology, it seems to be everywhere. Rightly so. For far too long it has been neglected that everything is interconnected. Too long was theology dominated by abstract concepts of substance. Relational theology is important! But lately I have been thinking about that. Let me explain. Relational is […]

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Apologetics Relationship Science Article

The relational proof of God

The title of this article arouses interest. Sure. The proofs of God have always done that. But the result from (church) history is sobering: It seems to be proven that God cannot be proven. At least not in the way we imagine proofs to be. He is still “the wholly other” and so it is […]

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My Son, Emil Brunner and Subjectivism vs Objectivism

Today we were eating lunch and out of nothing one of my sons asked the following question: “Dad, how can I believe, if I cannot proof that God exists? I want to believe, but I cannot believe when I don’t have proof.” First of all I was a proud father: My son asks really good […]

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Passion vs. Intimacy

Passion! The ultimate goal? If you look in magazines or look at Hollywood and Bollywood, it seems to be that way. If you look to Christian circles, especially evangelical or charismatic ones, passion for God is just as strongly emphasized. The fire must burn within you! I have always been somewhat critical of this for […]