Contributor: Eric Elnes

Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes is the Senior Minister of Countryside Community Church (UCC) in Omaha, NE, and a biblical scholar with a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of Igniting Worship: The Seven Deadly Sins (2004), Asphalt Jesus: Finding a New Christian Faith along the Highways of America (2007), and The Phoenix Affirmations: A New Vision for the Future of Christian Faith (2006). This latter book is the first published commentary on the Phoenix Affirmations, an ecumenically developed set of 12 principles that, according to Phyllis Tickle, have become the theological backbone of the post-liberal progressive Christian movement. Elnes is the host of Darkwood Brew, a weekly, interactive Internet television program that explores the emerging and converging edges of Christian faith and features scholars, theologians, ministers and other Christian leaders from around the world. Elnes’s upcoming book, Gifts of the Dark Wood: Seven Paths Beyond Religious Certainty That Point the Way Home, will be published by Abingdon Press in September, 2015.

Exploring the Dark Wood

Editor's Note: This piece contains an excerpt from the literary work titled Gifts of the Dark Wood by Eric Elnes (© 2015 Eric Elnes, Publisher: Abingdon Press, Nashville, Tennessee. All Rights Reserved. To be published in September 2015.) We are privileged to share this preview and thank Abingdon Press for granting permission to publish.  Years ago, I made a... Read more