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