Paul Louis Metzger

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Dr. Paul Louis Metzger is the Founder and Director of The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins. He serves as New Wine’s catalyst for cultivating a community of people brought together around a shared vision of bearing witness to Christ in contemporary culture. The New Wine, New Wineskins framework is integrated into Dr. Metzger’s courses at Multnomah Biblical Seminary, where he serves as Professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture. New Wine is an official program of the Seminary. Dr. Metzger is editor of the journal Cultural Encounters: A Journal for the Theology of Culture, which is a publication of The Institute for the Theology of Culture. Dr. Metzger blogs frequently at Uncommon God, Common Good (http://www.patheos.com/blogs/uncommongodcommongood/).

Integrating theology and spirituality with cultural sensitivity stands at the center of Dr. Metzger’s ministry vision. He and his wife, Mariko, a native of Japan, have been active in intercultural ministry in churches in the States, Japan, and England. Dr. Metzger is the author of Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths (Thomas Nelson, May 2012); New Wine Tastings: Theological Essays of Cultural Engagement (Cascade, 2011); The Gospel of John: When Love Comes to Town (InterVarsity Press, 2010); Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction (co-authored with Brad Harper; Brazos, 2009); Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church (Eerdmans, 2007); and The Word of Christ and the World of Culture: Sacred and Secular through the Theology of Karl Barth (Eerdmans, 2003). He is co-editor of A World for All?: Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology (co-edited with William F. Storrar and Peter J. Casarella; Eerdmans, 2011); and editor of Trinitarian Soundings in Systematic Theology (T&T Clark International, 2005). Dr. Metzger is a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, New Jersey. The Metzgers have two children. Dr. Metzger has a keen interest in the art of Katsushika Hokusai and Georges Rouault and in the writings of John Steinbeck.

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  1. Thoughts on Diversity in Japan and the United States
  2. What Makes Someone a Person and not a Thing?
  3. Imagine a World without Forgiveness
  4. The Holy of Holies
  5. The Rabbit Hole Revisited
  6. Cosmic Mystery and Purpose
  7. Uncommon Common People
  8. How Sorry Are We?
  9. Jesus and the Rabbit Hole
  10. Morality and Profit
  11. The Gentrified Church—Paved with Good Intentions?
  12. Share Jesus’ Prayer
  13. Crash
  14. HIV/AIDS and the Health of Our Souls
  15. Did Lincoln Die in Vain?
  16. “Good Will Hunting” & Hunting for Fathers
  17. Whose Side Is God On?
  18. Religious Freedoms and the Golden Rule
  19. How Can the Church Guard against a Fortress Mentality?
  20. The Crucified God Confronts Gendercide
  21. Only He Who Cries Out For The Victims Of Pornography May Sing Gregorian Chants
  22. Messiah Complexes: Who Will Save the World from You and Me?
  23. Manifest Destiny and the Kingdom of God: How Do You Discern the Spirit of the Age from the Spirit of Jesus on Mission?
  24. Drive-By Evangelism & the Incarnation
  25. God Is Missional
  26. Happy Fifth Anniversary, Patheos! From Uncommon God, Common Good
  27. What Is the Church—A Faith-Based Emporium or Christ’s Kingdom Community?
  28. If the World Were to End Tomorrow, What Would You Do Today?
  29. What Kind of “Asian” Are You?
  30. Christian Survival Kits in a Post-Christendom Society, Part II
  31. What Would Have Changed If Jesus Had Not Risen From The Dead?
  32. Holy Saturday–Buried Alive?
  33. Maundy Thursday: Last Supper, Last Stand
  34. Good Friday and the “Man in Black”
  35. Jesus’ Open Posture and “The Open Table”
  36. The Lord’s Supper—A Heavenly Happy Meal?
  37. Racial Fatigue and Energized Suffering
  38. Christian Survival Kits in a Post-Christendom Society, Part I
  39. Undying Friendship and a Buddhist Memorial
  40. The Cross & the Swoosh
  41. “Breaking Bad” and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  42. Jesus’ Uniqueness and Various Shades of Napoleon Gray
  43. Evangelicals, Same-Sex Marriage & Wedding Cakes: Are Evangelicals Trying to Have Their Cake and Eat It, Too?
  44. Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Cult of Personality
  45. Karl Barth & Genies in Bottles
  46. Globalization: A World Full of Seinfeld’s Close Talkers?
  47. Will Jesus Return as Alec Baldwin’s Character in the movie “Glengarry, Glen Ross”?
  48. Nietzsche—Christians’ Friend or Foe?
  49. The New Phariseeism—Performance-Based Spirituality?
  50. The Big 50—Sober Birthday Reflections
  51. Jacob’s Ladder and Stairways to Heaven
  52. Do You Want to Make a Million Bucks as a Christian Writer? Consider Writing Your Own Religion.
  53. Ecclesiology Is Not a Disease. Informed Churches Help Guard Against Spiritual Diseases, Part II
  54. Corporate Takeover: Reflections on the Movie “Her”
  55. What Is a Person?
  56. From Indulgences to Indulgent Love: Beyond Johann Tetzel and Marilyn Manson
  57. How Hegelian Is Christianity?
  58. The Voiceless’ Voice
  59. Sins of Commission and Omission: Reflections on King, Edwards, King David and Us
  60. Should Prostitution Be Legalized?
  61. Life Together in the Land of Lewis and Clark: Reflections on Donald Miller and the Northwest Church
  62. Ideological Totalitarians—Kiss and Make Up
  63. Moving Beyond Extremes to Gospel-Centered Love
  64. On Matters of Religion Today, Is Everyone from Missouri—“Show-Me”?
  65. Is God a Child Abuser?
  66. Targeting “Target Audience” Language in Church Growth
  67. Are We Really More Than Matter? Reflections on Kant’s Two Story Universe
  68. “Avatar” and the Abuse of Western Powers–More Than Fiction
  69. Is It Okay to Privatize Public Beaches?
  70. Sifting Through and Crossing Out Dichotomies about Jesus and His Cross
  71. What Liturgy Shapes Your Church?
  72. How Moral Is Religion?
  73. Can Money Buy Justice?
  74. Casual Sex and Casual Faith
  75. Producers, Consumers and Communers
  76. Religion, Church and Private Language Games
  77. Gospel Freedom: How Free Are We? Beyond Entitlement Thinking
  78. Recapitulation: Jesus Is No Bobble-Headed Doll or Dashboard Crucifix
  79. How Seriously Do We Take Jesus’ Words on the Need for Christian Unity?
  80. What Is Enlightenment? Dare to Think!
  81. Unfinished Business
  82. Boast In Christ, Not Name Brands
  83. Bring It Home with John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden”
  84. “I Love Jesus, But Not My Mother.”
  85. Good Shepherds in an Age of Charismatic Preaching and Cutting Edge Marketing
  86. Which Does Jesus Like More—Old Wine or New Wine?
  87. How Does the Pagan Play “Rent” Bear Witness to Christ?
  88. Christian America and the Cruciform Church
  89. Why Is the West the Best?
  90. On the Damaging Dualism of Proclamation vs. Demonstration
  91. How Relational Is Your Worldview?
  92. Simmering Thoughts on Smaug: Why the Enduring Fascination with Dragons?
  93. New Year Reflections on “Dust in the Wind”
  94. We Don’t Need to Be Cave Dwellers Anymore
  95. What Makes Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” a Classic?
  96. Advent Justice: Get Messed Up in the Mundane
  97. Mother Mary and Single Moms
  98. Advent Justice: God Embodies Justice
  99. Advent Justice: Little People Loom Large to God
  100. Advent Justice: Embrace the Mystery
  101. Infinite Possibilities: The Art of Makoto Fujimura’s Faith
  102. Downward Mobility and Trickle-Up Economics: A Trinitarian Reflection on Money and Power
  103. Green Christmas: Richard Dawkins, Meet John of Damascus
  104. Nelson Mandela: Troublemaker for Peace
  105. What Can Dave Ramsey’s Evangelicals Learn from Ebenezer Scrooge?
  106. Ayn Rand, Christians and Altruism
  107. Why Do We Call Today “Black Friday”?
  108. A Thanksgiving Reflection: God’s Gracious Love Fosters an Ethic of Gratitude
  109. Why the Trinitarian God Matters in Multi-Faith Discourse
  110. Lifeway’s Apology for ‘Rickshaw Rally’ Creates Space for Deeper Conversations on Race
  111. Humanize Religion: A Seminary Class Discussion with a Pagan and a Former Druid
  112. Trustworthy Rivals: On an Alternative Path to Multi-Faith Discourse
  113. Reconciliation Is More Than a Hugathon, Part 2
  114. When Does a Child Grow Up?
  115. Reforming Our Understanding of Romans 13 on Immigration Reform
  116. Reconciliation Is More Than a Hugathon
  117. Jesus’ Hands Halt Oppression and Offer Forgiveness
  118. Is the Cross the Crux of the Divide between Christianity and Islam?
  119. The Multi-Ethnic Church Movement – Not Some Fad, More Than a Conference
  120. Cancer Can’t Keep You Down: Presiding Thoughts about My President
  121. Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Social Solidarity and Gang Violence
  122. ’12 Years a Slave’ — Could It Happen Again?
  123. Burdened by the Burden of Proof: From Eve to Marissa Alexander
  124. Just Thinking about Justice: Humility is the Best Policy
  125. Uncomfortably Numb on Health Care Reform
  126. Theological Health and Healthcare
  127. The High Costs of Healthcare in the Free Market
  128. Myths We Live By? Voter Fraud & Jim Crow Dead and Gone
  129. Aborting Healthcare for the Human Unborn
  130. A Healthcare Conundrum? Hip Replacements for the Terminally Ill
  131. The Voting Rights Act and Post-Racialized America—Can We Vote on That?
  132. Beyond Obamacare vs. the Affordable Care Act: Caring for Healthcare Complexities
  133. The Emperor’s Subjects Have No Clothes
  134. The Court of Law and the Court of Public Opinion: Before Baby Veronica and Beyond
  135. Patch Adams–Patching Up Health Care Across the Board
  136. The Most Dangerous Force in the World
  137. Stamping Out Food Stamps and Trampling on the Poor
  138. The Divine Trinity: Beyond Monads, Irrelevant Mysteries and Scrambled Eggs
  139. You Don’t Have to Be in Make-Up to Be a Clown
  140. We Shall Overcome
  141. The Christian Faith & Many Faiths: On the Great Commandments and the Great Commission, Part II
  142. Christ’s Blood—Thicker than Brand
  143. How Credible Are We on Syria?
  144. Healthy Questions on Healthcare Reform
  145. Hipsters, Divine Providence and PBR
  146. I Have a Dream Today
  147. Instead of Divide and Conquer, Let’s Conquer the Divide
  148. Born Free. Live Free.
  149. Gatorade, Gunfire and the Good Samaritan
  150. “The Buddhists Are Coming! The Buddhists Are Coming!”
  151. Self-Fulfilling Prophecies
  152. On Ayn Rand: Is Rational Selfishness Rational and Self-Affirming Enough?, Part 2
  153. Beyond Cultural Monopolies to the Multifaceted Gospel
  154. Was Moses a Feminist?
  155. On Ayn Rand: Is Rational Selfishness Rational and Self-Affirming Enough?
  156. Are We Called by God, Coerced or Coercing?
  157. The Evangelical Women We Don’t Know—and Need to Know
  158. The Christian Faith & Many Faiths: On the Great Commandments and the Great Commission, Part I
  159. The One and the Many
  160. Going Home
  161. Hawaiian Theology, Part III
  162. Hawaiian Theology, Part II
  163. Hawaiian Theology, Part I
  164. White Theology, Part III
  165. White Theology, Part II
  166. White Theology, Part I
  167. A Fourth of July Reflection: Taking Exception to American Exceptionalism
  168. My Top 5 Books on Evangelism
  169. Evangelicalism: Reframing a Fragmented Movement
  170. Why Did the Buddhists and the Evangelical Christians Cross the Road? To have a potluck.
  171. Multi-Faith Discourse: Beyond Lampoon Tract Propaganda
  172. Jesus Is No Midwife
  173. A Father’s Day Reflection: The Grand Prize of Simplicity
  174. If You Can’t Run with Men, How Will You Run with Horses?
  175. DMins, Not Demons
  176. An Evening with Dr. John M. Perkins: On the Twilight of Life and the Dawning of the Next
  177. The ABC’s of Predatory Proselytism: Always Be Closing
  178. Pulp Fiction and Divine Intervention: Fact or Fiction?
  179. Jackie Robinson’s 42: More Than a Number
  180. Idol Makers
  181. “Please Don’t Squeeze the Charmin!”: On Comparing Religions
  182. The Holy Mother’s Day All Year Long
  183. The Radical Middle & Fundamentalist Extremes: Crossing the Divide
  184. Charles Ramsey: Kidnapped Heroism Unleashed
  185. Documented and Undocumented “Parasites”
  186. Predatory Proselytism: The Hard Sell
  187. The Trayvon Martin Case: A Case for Race?
  188. Aborting Tim Tebow
  189. Biblical Relevance and Immigration Reform
  190. Off the Beaten Track with the Beat Poet
  191. Bombs at the Boston Marathon
  192. Breaking Bad
  193. Illegal Questions, Part II
  194. Illegal Questions, Part I
  195. Shooting from the Hip: Catholics, Evangelicals and Gun Control
  196. The Jesus Matrix and Mars Hill
  197. The Whipping Boy and “The Whipping Man”
  198. Holy Week & Holy Wars
  199. Evangelicals and the Supreme Court Decision on Same Sex Marriage
  200. Jim Crow Immigration Reform and Eating Crow
  201. Illegal Families
  202. Jim Morrison, the Reading Rainbow and the Rainbow of Jesus’ Love
  203. Papal Posture, Power Religion and the Poverty of Love
  204. I Am An Illegal Immigrant
  205. The Naked Public Square and a Multi-faith Wardrobe
  206. A Birthday Wish: Jesus, Buddha and the Non-Grasping Way
  207. Christian Zionism—Is It Biblical?
  208. The Sequester and Saturday Night Live
  209. Jesus, Darwin and Donald Trump, Part II
  210. The Justice Conference, Part 5: Justice Isn’t Sexy, But It’s Beautiful
  211. The Justice Conference, Part 4
  212. The Justice Conference, Part 3
  213. The Justice Conference, Part 2
  214. The Justice Conference, Part 1
  215. From Refugees to Citizens: What’s Next – Mosques and Temples?
  216. Popping Off on the Pope and Catholics and Paying Respects
  217. Valentine’s Day: The Far Journey of Our Lives
  218. The Heartbeat of Richard Twiss
  219. Evangelicals: Now’s the Time to Challenge President Obama’s Middle East Strategy
  220. Jesus, Darwin and Donald Trump
  221. Erosion: Christian Dominance in America, Not Freedom?
  222. Are Christian and Muslim Convictions Compatible with American Values?
  223. Christian-Muslim Whack Jobs and Work for the Common Good
  224. White Evangelicals, Islam and American Values
  225. People Are Strange
  226. Zero Dark Thirty and Zero Sum Gain
  227. How to Sustain Jesus’ Justice Movement, Part 4
  228. How to Sustain Jesus’ Justice Movement, Part 2
  229. Disease Neutralizes Racism
  230. “Hell’s Bells” and Lasik Eye Surgery
  231. Zombie Mania – How it Affects Us All
  232. New Year’s Resolutions in the Valley of Dry Bones
  233. Saying Goodbye to Entitlement Thinking and a Classless Society
  234. Falling Below the Poverty Line and Over the Fiscal Cliff
  235. God With Us
  236. Christmas Magic
  237. Consumerism, the Third Martini and the Terrorists
  238. Gold, Frankincense and an M16
  239. The World’s End: Nostradamus, NASA and the Chicago Cubs
  240. The Deaths of Innocents at School
  241. Uncommon Decency
  242. Mass Shootings
  243. Dos Equis Jesus
  244. How to Sustain Jesus’ Justice Movement
  245. Approaching the Alien with a Benevolent Spirit not an Alien Idea to President Bush—or to the Bible
  246. Cyber Bullying
  247. Warren Buffett to the Rescue: Follow His Lead and Invest in Character
  248. Lincoln: All the World’s a Stage—But Are You On It?
  249. Jeremiah Wright and Jeremiah of Old: Politically Correct or Prophetic Patriots?
  250. A Thanksgiving Meditation: Beyond Full Stomachs to Full Lives in Christ
  251. I Can’t Wait for Christian America to Die
  252. Blind Spots
  253. Where is Mordecai? The “You Lost Me” Generation Is Looking for Him
  254. The Elections, End Times and the Elect
  255. Beyond Tolerance to Tenacious Love
  256. New Doctor of Ministry Degree in Cultural Engagement
  257. Tax Exempt Gospel
  258. Boromir and the Ring of Power: Beyond Ideology to Incarnate Love
  259. Special Faith Claims and Special Interest Groups
  260. Producers, Consumers and Communers
  261. Urban Renewal, Negro Removal
  262. Success and Good Shepherding
  263. The Heart of the Matter
  264. I am loved by God, therefore I am.
  265. The Table
  266. Did Lincoln Die in Vain?
  267. The John 17:23 Network
  268. A Vulnerable Love
  269. Dr. Metzger interviewed on the Multi-Ethnic Church podcast
  270. Dr. Metzger has two new books out!
  271. New Wine Tastings: Theological Essays of Cultural Engagement
  272. The Gospel of John: When Love Comes to Town
  273. Thoughts on the intersection of religion and sports
  274. Dr. Paul Louis Metzger interviews Tom Krattenmaker of USA Today on religion and sports