The Broken Church

When Abbey and I were in Macau China we visited the site of St. Paul's church, or the 'broken church' as the remaining facade is popularly known. The church was built by  Jesuits in the 17th century. It was the largest church in Asia and a testimony to the merging alongside of both Portuguese and Chinese culture. The church was part of a larger complex that included a college and contained the burial site of the era's prominent Jesuit priests. The church, like our world, is broken. Learning to repair the world with theology that heals brokenness, both inward and outward, is my pursuit. 

Where ever you go, whatever you do always leave the world a better place than you found it!

- Phillip Michael Garner -

Writing Theology for a Better World

Imagination engaged in the activity of how to heal the world, how to align humanity with God,

is practically and theologically one of the greatest needs in Christianity.

Imagining a better world consistent with the teachings of Jesus is a spiritual activity.

A sign of the presence of the Spirit is imaginative constructs that challenge the status quo with ideas that make life to flourish for everyone.

- Phillip Michael Garner -

Good News

“God was so enamored, so omnipotently in love with humanity that he joined the creation, irrevocably became a human being, made part of what it means to be God is to be human - allowed humanity to murder him and did so in a way that is revelatory of transcendent love and power - calling us all to recognize the sacredness of a human being. The only thing sacred to God is human life. This one fact, this reality, this truth, directs us toward a world without violence or greed; toward a Kingdom ruled by a revelation, by a man, by God, by a revelation that makes death (although painfully present) to be bereft of finality. Our unlimited imagination and all its powers are now directed toward being human in a way that fulfills the royal laws of loving God and neighbor (even our enemy) so that Christianity can be the most potent reality in a crooked world, a power that heals and straightens. Hope for the present is as important as hope for the resurrection! Like Jesus, we are to all be agents of change”. “Thy Kingdom come ....

- Phillip Michael Garner -

- Dr. Phillip Michael Garner - 

Photo by Abbey Garner — taken on Mactan Island


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