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