The Westminster Confession of Funk

Talking about theology, but keeping it funky

I am a husband and father and pastor of Trinity Covenant Church and teacher as St. Abraham’s Classical Christian Academy in Santa Cruz, CA.

I married my Indian Princess just before Y2K. I am an old fashioned Protestant Christian Humanist who lives where people vacation. I love music, love to surf, coach soccer for a hoard of minions, play the drums, and read actual flesh and blood books. I enjoy theology and literature and history and philosophy (if Sophie is serving beer) and Anglo-Saxon Poetry.

If I could have lunch with any three living people, I would have buffalo ribs with a butter, mushroom, cream sauce, Roxy Ray would be singing with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and I’d be at table with Tom Wolfe, ?uestlove, and Adam Schlesinger (and Brad Bird, because it’s my fantasy, and no one can count in my fantasy).

If I could have dinner with any three dead people (and the TARDIS was there with its universal language translation circuit) I’d have slow smoked dry ribs with the author of Beowulf, Herodotus, Martin Bucer, and Polycarp (see the previous paragraph if you have questions about my ability to count). And Janis Joplin would be singing with Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars backed up by Parliament Funkadelic of course.

My carefully crafted internet persona is also much cooler than my actual person, but I can live with that.

I Will Assemble the Lame

In that day,” says the Lord, “I will assemble the lame, I will gather the outcast And those whom I have afflicted; I will make the lame a remnant, And the outcast a strong nation; So the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion From now on, even forever.” (Micah 4:6–7).

God has picked us for his kingdom because we have the right set of talents and gifts in order to make the church into a really effective institution in society. At least that is the story that we tell ourselves. God assembles us together because we are the few smart ones that are really going to be able to make a difference.

God promises that his people are going to be a strong. He promises that we are going to make a difference in the world as we deliver his transformative grace from heaven to earth.

But God says that he is going to use the lame and the outcast. He is going to use us weak things of the world in order to show his strength.

God is like a warrior that shows up to a sword fight with a fish. Anyone can win a sword fight with a sword. Only the greatest can win a sword fight with a rainbow trout.

God is going to make his people a strong nation. A nation that he will rule himself from a throne on the heavenly Mount Zion, who remain more than conquerors no matter who or what comes against it.

But he will make this strong nation from the lame and the outcasts. So if you limp, if you don’t fit, if you are weak, flawed, and shaky at your best, then you qualify for citizenship in God’s strong nation.