About Me and This Site (or vice versa)

This Site:

Tradition is such a sticky subject in America.  America began as an anti-establishment nation (well at least anti-European establishment).  To American ears, the word tradition often sounds unenlightened, unsophisticated, and backward.  This understanding of tradition interprets the idea as a self-existent, immutable, and inscrutable set of demands that keep humanity from achieving its desire ends.  In terms of religion this places “faith” and tradition in diametrical opposition.  Faith is the novum, the new, the freeing.  Tradition is staunch, decayed, and oppressive.  Jaroslav Pelikan calls this “traditionalism” and asserts that “traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.”


The early through the middle-age Church, however, understood the word to be polyvalent.  For the sake of simplicity let it suffice to say that one meaning of the word conveyed an idea of a set of standard, solidified, and concretized teachings/practices that immutably existed (this is an admitted caricature).  The other broad domain of the term translated tradition is that of traditio. Here traditio, has to do with a living community passing on that which establishes and nurtures its life. Here tradition exists to ground and guide the life of a living group of people.  Traditio is the passing of what is valuable from one generation to the next.  Traditio reminds each member of a community who they are and the goal of their life.  It serves as a sure guide while simultaneously allowing for adaptation, growth, and thriving in new contexts.   Traditio is what Pelikan was speaking of when he called tradition “the living faith of the dead.”

With the living faith of those who have life that deconstructs death itself as a guide, this site will attempt to be a small part of the Church mission, to exist in Christ for the sake of the world.  Ramblings here entailed will address those things I hold most dear:  my family, the Church, theology, movies, music, and baseball (probably the first, second, third, and fourth most frequently, but I can not promise to not rant about the condition of the Astros).


Chris and Natalie Moore
Chris and Natalie Moore

My wife, Natalie, and I recently moved to Houston for her to pursue her calling at Baylor College of Medicine.  We love the Houston Astros, good music, watching good movies, and spending time with our diaspora community. 


I am a participant in something far greater than myself.  I have been caught up in the apocalypse of Jesus Christ, very God of God, true Beauty from the heart of Beauty.  I am…well, in the words of the Samaritan woman at the well, “Come and see.”  By the grace of Christ I am a living part of his very body, his medium of mission in the world.


I graduate of Houston Baptist University (B.A. Christianity/History) and Truett Theological Seminary (MDiv. Mission and World Christianity).  I enjoy theology; especially ecclesiology, the witness of the church, and the church’s loving/serving engagement with culture.  I am currently prepping for graduate exams.  I am currently a lecturer at Houston Baptist University in Ethics and Old Testament.


This blog hopefully will be an outlet for myself and others.  It will rotate around those things that are most important to me:  Theology, The Church, Music, Movies, and Baseball (probably more the first, the second, and the fourth – but I cannot promise not to rant about the Astros).


A Little More About Me:


Favorie Non-Fiction Books…Sanctorum Communion and Life Together – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Can These Bones Live? – Barry Harvey, Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism?: Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church – James K. A. Smith, Radical Orthodoxy – John Milbank, et. al., Johnny Cash and the Great American Contradiction – Rodny Clapp, Understanding God’s Will – Kyle Lake, Traveling Mercies – Anne Lamott, Orthodoxy – G. K. Chesterton


Favorite Fiction…The Idiot – Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Divine Comedy – Dante Alighieri, the Harry Potter Series – J. K. Rowling, Anythin Tolkien


Favorite Movies…Stranger Than Fiction, Juno, Garden State, V for Vendetta, Lady in the Water, Dark Knight, Little Miss Sunshine, Walk the Line, O Brother, Where ARt Thou


Favorite Musicians/Preformers…Johnny Cahs, Bob Dylan, Augustana, Snow Patrol, Cold Play, Talyor Mali, Amos Lee, Ray Lamontagne, Counting Crows, REM, Live, Arrested Develpment, Bob Marley, Steven Delopoulos, Queen


Favorie Songs…”Hallelujah” – Jeff Buckley, “Canaan Bound” – Andrew Peterson, “In the Sun” – Michael Stipe and Coldplay, “The Man Comes to Town” – Johnny Cash, “The Time They Are A-Changin” – Bob Dylan, “Teach a Man to Fish” – Arrested Development


Things I Enjoy Doing When Not Doing This…Reading, Going to Astros’ games with me wife, going to movies, having a cup of green tea with good friends, discussing theology, painting, listening to good spoken word poetry, teaching, avoiding driving in Houston



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