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1. Love is Beyond Diversity :: 12.24.08

2. Marketing a Metanarrative :: 01.20.08

3. Book Excerpt: On the Necessity of Grace :: 08.18.10

4. Book Review: Participatory Biblical Exegesis:: 08.23.10

5. Book Review: The Orthodox Church :: 01.18.11

• • • • • Part One: Introduction and History of the Orthodox Church

• • • • • Part Two: Orthodox Tradition and Theology

6. Book Excerpt: “The Great Questions” from William Portier’s book Tradition and Incarnation: Foundations of Christian Theology (Mahwah, New Jersey: Paulist Press, 1994), 9-16. :: 05.16.12

7. Book Excerpt: “The Continuation of Human Slavery” from Kevin Bales’ book Ending Slavery: How we Free Today’s Slaves (Berkley, California: University of California Press, 2007), 1-2. :: 05.13.12



  1. Amanda Jones says:

    (Love is Beyond Diversity)- Brilliant! I really enjoyed listening to your message. I find that in our society some people have issues with actually having conversations of worth with people that are different from them. Being raised in the South, sure i experienced discrimination because i was black; but now living in the Mid West…there are times that this still occurs. It’s sad. I share the same frustrations as you do on this topic. People are People, and God loves us all. I think the one thing that shocks people the most, is when the come across someone that actually wants to sit down and have a conversation with them; whether it be in the church or in other locations. As an undergrad at UD, this is something i value. To have the opportunity to love on people and be loved on while im on campus; but then i find that because Im in college it is soo difficult to not be looked at as the person that doesn’t want to get involved within the church or in the church community. Hmm…i guess its just a constant struggle. I hope i wasn’t too long winded. Thanks Bradley! 🙂

  2. theophilogue says:

    No … You aren’t too longwinded! Thanks for the kind comments!

  3. Brent says:

    Love to hear (another) southerner droppin a mad rhyme. In my pentecostal day, I played in a black gospel groups who did covers of you name it. Listening to “love-beyond…”. I cannot agree more. I lived on a floor named “Brotherhood” in college (only vanilla dude) and I will attest that your analysis is right on as it relates to living with the other. I, like you, have worked with at risk kids and the key is integration. That means, as you’ve said, rubbing shoulders, living together. When “they” start looking more and more different and less and less alike, then you’ve transcended the “them” and “they” become the unique “I” which is the mark of real love.

    When I entered the Catholic Church, I was blown away by the diversity in the Church. I live in a small, southern town and there is only one Church with every color in it (ehem). That all said, I recommend reading anything by Cardinal Arinze. Could the next Pope be from Africa?

  4. Brent,

    I’m not sure where you heard me “droppin’ rhymes”? LoL! I just thought the audiopost sounded better with a little beat in the background! Glad to hear about your own expereince of diversity! I would’ve imagined the Catholic Church would be very diverse given my own steryotypical understanding of Catholic Churches as having a large immigrant population.

    In principle, I suppose the pope could be from anywhere right? (I don’t really understand how that works, because it seems like most of them have been light skinned Europeans).

    Glad you enjoyed the audiopost!

  5. Brent says:

    There have been 3 African Popes: Victor I (189-199 AD), Miltiades (311-314 AD), and Gelasius I (492-496 AD). The first Saint of the Americas was “mixed” and was a champion for diversity in the 16th century! Here’s a list of African saints. I’ve been surprised (only because of my limited experiences) to learn about the rich history of black Catholics in the US. The first integrated congregation in the US was a Catholic parish in Louisiana. Also, if you look closely at pictures of Martin Luther King, Jr. marching, you’ll always find Catholic priests joining him, which is cool.

    Peace in Christ,


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