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