Theology of play

A Theology of Play and the Persecuted

Blessed are you when they reproach you and do all evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because your reward is great in heaven: for they did the same thing to the prophets before you. -Matthew 5:11-12 A year or so ago, I started to go through the Sermon on the Mount…

The Word Comes…

The city of Jerusalem, the place where the Lord had promised to rest his feet, was under siege by the mighty Babylonians. Anybody who was anybody was already out of the city. Some had fled, no doubt some had reached some safety in small surrounding towns. Apparently there was some real estate available up north…

Once Innocence Was.

Once the world was a field of play; possibility blossomed effortless and abundant. Joy was ripe for the picking. Once friends laughed together, unhindered; happiness, the most basic of Adam’s race. Game and work were interchangeable. Once innocence birthed imagination; anything “could be,” “would be,” nothing “should be.” Innocence was. Once rule of law was…

You Came to Play.

Question: What is the chief end of man? This familiar question opens up the Westminster Catechism, a staple in the world of Presbyterian theology for over 350 years. In a way, they are so familiar that even those of us who grew up ignorant or otherwise oblivious to the concept of creeds and catechisms have…

Theology of play

Freedom as…play?

What does freedom look like? For the past few years I have been at least poking around at this idea, and the other day I was finally able to put it into words. At first it sounds like there is a quick, easy answer to this question. Freedom looks like the ability to do what…