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