I reported yesterday that I got my first cell phone last Friday. I’ve learned a few things, not the least of which is how to take pictures. So, I took a picture of Brad Nassif, and then some of my […]
Yesterday’s post emphasized intersubjectivity as central to forgiveness. Today we want to look at Sandage and Shults’ The Faces of Forgiveness and the issues of “saving face”, what the faces in a “face to face” look like, at “systemic estrangement,” […]
In 1 Peter 3:18-22 we come across one of the most disputed passages in the entire New Testament. It starts off just fine — it looks just like chapter two’s connection of the suffering of household slaves with the suffering […]
Cell phone? I do, as it was purchased last Friday. Yes, that’s right. A hold out is what I had going on. But after a few mess-ups, one at an airport, Kris and I realized it would best if we […]
Steven Sandage and LeRon Shults, in The Faces of Forgiveness, propose a new and fresh approach to how the Bible speaks about forgiveness and how forgiveness works in real practice today. The question I will ask today is this one: […]
Here is perhaps the earliest evidence of lay-level apologetics: “Always be ready for a reply to everyone who requests of you an account of the hope that fill you” (1 Pet 3:15). That readiness becomes credible only when it is […]
A purple theology believes that to one degree or another the Reformation is over. By that it means that the Reformation’s summons of the Church to return to the Bible (sola scriptura) and to faith as the sole means of […]
A true story. A conversation my colleague was told about a conversation of a would-be convert to the Orthodox Church and a priest who thought she needed to know more about Orthodoxy before converting.
Peter turns a corner, rather suddenly and abruptly. From 2:11–3:12 Peter has dealt with one single issue — how to live in the Roman Empire as Christians. Now he faces another problem directly: suffering. And we might be forgiven if […]
The biggest question the emerging thinkers are asking of the satisfaction theory, and even penal substitution theory, can be found in one simple question and then I’ll let LeRon Shults flesh it out. How would you respond to this way […]
What do you think? What would you do? What does your church do? Bill Yaccino is onto something here.
Peter urges the resident aliens and temporary residents to avoid sin, esp violent reactions, and to do good. We’ve just had a few posts on how he advises wives and husbands to avoid sin and do good, and all of […]
Yippee! It’s Saturday March 25 and Bob is home (sleeping cozily, I might add). I spoke to him, and it was nice to hear him joking and talking. He came home a full 7 weeks after he went in so […]
Pastor David Butler and his dear wife, Gayle, hosted Kris and me this weekend at Springdale Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and were we treated to kindness! But even more than that, we loved the fellowship and the reports of […]
I’m constitutionally incapable of finding committee meetings interesting. I do my best to come to each meeting with a good attitude, but it doesn’t last very long.
Peter seeks for ethical guidelines for both wives (3:1-6) and husbands (3:7) when it comes to how this small group of Christians were learning how to live (and survive) in the Roman Empire. Wives are exhorted to live with their […]
Here’s the article by Alan Jacobs about Wheaton’s decision to fire Joshua Hochschild. This appeared in First Things. This is a serious piece and I support Alan Jacobs. Nice to hear his voice in this matter, and it a voice […]
Joe Thorn gets my top billing this week: excellent post on how to talk about one another. The Ninth Commandment. (HT: Steve McCoy)
How do evangelical feminists and traditionalists look at 1 Peter 3:1-7? If the feminist approach is basically one of a hermeneutic of suspicion and repudiation/retrieval, how do evangelical feminists approach such texts — text asking women to be “submissive”?
Laura, our daughter, turns 29 today (I had to ask Kris how old Laura was — but that’s another story). She was our first child. I was in seminary (taking Murray Harris’ Advanced Exegesis class and writing a midterm that […]
I read the volume, well not each and every page, edited by Mark Husbands and Daniel J. Treier, both at Wheaton, called Justification: What’s at Stake in the Debates? — don’t you just love artistic titles? Well, scholarly books rarely […]
Peter is explaining to his powerless readers, who are resident aliens and temporary residents, how to live as Christians within the Roman Empire. The principle that shapes his thinking is found in 2:11-12, and that principle is to avoid sin […]
Some of you may know that I played a little basketball in my day. Well, my brothers-in-law were stars. Ron Norman, the oldest, played at Iowa with Sammy Williams and Freddy Brown, and his coach was the legendary Ralph Miller. […]
In the third section of Alan Mann’s book, Atonement for a ‘Sinless’ Society, Mann deals with the Passion narrative of the Gospels as a narrative that invites the postmodern self into the text in order to find ontological coherence through […]
My friend and fellow blogger, Pastor Steve McCoy, ever mindful of the image of the Southern Baptists, is now watching out for my image. In an effort to improve my standing in an increasingly youthful development in our Biblical and […]
Sometimes the way to follow Jesus is to go to the cross with him. Peter thought this was the only option for the household slaves — he appealed to them to look to God for grace, to look to God […]
In Alan Mann’s Atonement for a ‘Sinless’ Society, which drew plenty of healthy comment yesterday, there is a big-time emphasis on narrative or story. Whether we talk like this or even think like this or not, “story” or “narrative” gives […]
Hi! It’s nice to be the bearer of GOOD news!! If all remains as is, Bob will be coming home this Friday!! [This is a note from Wendy.]
The closest thing I’ve seen to an emerging theory of the atonement is that of Alan Mann, in his book Atonement for a ‘Sinless’ Society: Engaging with an emerging culture, in the new Paternoster series called Faith in an Emerging […]
Many of you know we conducted an international search for an opening in our Department (Biblical and Theological Studies) this year, and some may recall that we had over 165 applicants and inquiries. Really quite amazing. What we discovered in […]
Yesterday’s post sets up today’s. Peter is addressing the powerless — much more powerless than we can probably recognize today. And they are “slaves” (the Greek word probably indicates “household slaves”). Peter is addressing the gamut of the “household” (2:18–3:7) […]
Before anything else, let’s admit this up front: it is not easy for us to look at 1 Peter 2:18-25 (on slaves submitting to masters, as Jesus submitted to the Father) without fire in our eyes, shame in our history, […]
One of my students, Tim King, was overwhelmed by the needs of the homeless and has joined others to found a marvelous ministry to the homeless:
I pulled out of the driveway at 6:15am to drive around Lake Michigan into the breezy climes of Western Michigan — and arrived in Sawyer to speak at Harbert Covenant around 9:30am — their time (not Chicago time). Gave me […]
The Big Ten is the Big Zero this year. No one left in the NCAA — no one in the Sweet Sixteen. Dr. Naismith’s grave is rocking, I’ll tell ya. The major heartland of the USA teams are home for […]
Pam Cooke, at Cold Springs Community Church, gave Kris and me a bottle of her home-made honey: Bee-Attitudes. She has some of those bee “drawer-“looking objects in the field at the home where we stayed, and she explained to us […]
I’m off early this morning for a Jesus Creed morning with the Covenant Church in Harbert, Michigan. The good folks there are going through the book during Lent, and so it is nice to be invited to put some “flesh” […]
I’m on Spring Break this week, so I’ve had more time for reading blogs. Blog post of the year for me: Dawn Husnick’s story of the ER.
That first round of games in the NCAA tournament is a test of wills — when the #3 rated Iowa Haw-geyes, the Big Ten Tournament Champion, took on the #14 seeded Northwestern State, from Natchitoches, La., one would think it […]
The rise of the Southern Baptist Convention out of the confines of its own walls into a major player in Western Christianity’s evangelicalism calls for a conversation. There were days when the SBC was all to itself, read only books […]
One of England’s better known Christians, Steve Chalke, has written a book about Jesus that addresses the atonement in his final chapter: “One Act, Two Scenes.” The book is called The Lost Message of Jesus.
If you had the chance to have a few words with Hitler in the height of his fury, or with Stalin in the back alley of the Kremlin, or some other creep whose abuse of power was outrageous, just what […]
We’ve been traveling often this year, and that gives our Bichon Frise an opportunity to go to his favorite place: Marilee’s Bichon Bed & Breakfast. Sometimes Marilee has more than a handful of Bichons, and if you know anything about […]
Peter tells his powerless resident aliens and temporary residents to avoid fleshy lusty pursuits of power to get God’s will accomplished, and he also tells them to be good citizens. And he tells them that the day God visits will […]
Is the doctrine of penal substitution “divine child abuse”? If you haven’t seen this expression before, keep your eyes open because more and more are using it as a rhetorical weapon against the traditional (Reformed) view of atonement.
The post recently about the apocryphal books of the Old Testament, along with the poll, took me a bit by surprise. What I’m wondering is if you would purchase and read a TNIV (or NIV) that decided to include the […]
Peter mixes the powerlessness of his readers, who were resident aliens and temporary residents — a social descriptor, with the challenge of bringing God’s redemptive work in Christ to Asia Minor and he begins by exhorting them to do God’s […]
Atonement is an emerging issue, both for the emerging movement and for traditional evangelical Protestantism. I’m working on a book for Abingdon on atonement, and presently sorting out some of the literature. The volume by Charles Hill and Frank James […]
David Cooke, a former student of mine at TEDS and now the pastor of a burgeoning, healthy church in Placerville, asked us out for a Jesus Creed weekend. Cold Springs is doing Jesus Creed in their Bible studies, and that […]
I missed yesterday because our flight was delayed, but I want to resume where we left off last Friday, and stick to 1 Peter 2:11-12, which is the heart of Peter’s letter. The readers to whom he gives this address […]
Many of us in the emerging movement are seeking to build bridges to the Christian past — to each of the three major forms: the Protestant Reformation, the Roman Catholic Church, and Eastern Orthodoxy. But, there is “give and take”: […]
Well, register your guess now. Who will win the NCAA Men’s tournament? I’ve got two Big Ten teams in my top ten. I’ll revise this list as teams get eliminated.
Today is March 12. My mom and I talked with Bob today! He is speaking aloud and feeling somewhat better — still needing pain meds at times. The trach came out on Friday. He is in the Special Care Unit […]
We left Sacramento a few minutes late on United (fly the friendly skies), at 1:52pm, and were informed that our flight would be 3 hours and 28 minutes to touch-down in Chicago. Somewhere just west of Souix Falls, South Dakota, […]
Maybe America’s best kept secret is northern California. I confess to the “California stereotype”: California = sunny, beachy, hang loose, Beach Boys Southern California. Up here in the north, though, the weather is cool, the people are looking for peace […]
Here is a letter from the Purple Pastor at Eastpoint Community Church. He’s in Africa for two weeks working with orphans of AIDS: Dear Scot, Tonight I’ll be flying from Philadelphia to London, and then on to Lusaka, Zambia.
Controversy of the week: a high school teacher speaks out about Bush. I believe in free speech, but I believe in intelligent conversation. And what many think is free speech is simply opinionating an ideology.
Coldspring Community Church, led by David Cooke, is hosting us this week at a lovely home. I awoke this morning to find a wild turkey in the yard, but he quickly figured I was watching and secreted away. Then we […]
I will use this post to explain the big picture of Peter’s emerging strategy, for in 1 Peter 2:11-12 Peter gives his strategy. It is here that Peter devises a strategy for how the communites of faith in Asia Minor […]
Here’s another one on atonement: “The logic of punishment was a logic of equivalence (the wages of sin is death); the logic of grace is a logic of surplus and excess.”
Kris and I are in Placerville, California, up the road from Sacramento, at a fine little gelato shop that has a Wi-fi. I just got to this response by Allan so I’m posting it a bit late today. Allan Bevere […]
We need to return to the text of yesterday: 1 Peter 2:9-10. This is pure emerging church theology. Peter here does three things: (1) he universalizes election, (2) he privileges the marginalized, and (3) he declares a missional strategy.
Atonement is “the radical newness of the practice of the gospel, as over against the tolerated violence of all other human practices.” Jesus’ death is efficacious, not because it satisfies God… but “because it is the inauguration of the ‘political’ […]
Bart Ehrman, in his new book, Misquoting Jesus, tells his story: how he found an evangelical faith, attended Moody, Wheaton and then Princeton — during which time he came to the conclusion that the Bible is simply a human book. […]
It is politically incorrect to say that the Church replaces Israel in the plan of God or to say that a supersessionism is at work in early Christian theology. Traditionally Christians have claimed both terms at some level. There are […]
I just barely got a glimpse of an A1 Steak Sauce commercial, and I’m wondering if you saw what I did. A prisoner covered his name with a death row inmate’s name so he could eat a steak (the death […]
From Linda. HOORAY! He was moved to special care today..his own room and no vent! It’s out in the hall! He is still getting a little O2 but is doing the rest all alone. He is much more awake and […]
Sunday night I was invited to North Park’s Sunday evening Collegelife, a worship gathering for our students. It is student led and orchestrated, but mentored and guided by folks like Brian Wu and Rich Johnson — and probably others.
In Steve Taylor’s book, The Out of Bounds Church?, he suggests Peter performed the DJ role for the emerging churches of Asia Minor: he mixed a few CDS into one fluid sound. (By the way, I missed Taylor’s book in […]
Sunday, March 5, I spoke at Village Church of Gurnee. The pastor is an old friend. Todd Habeggar and we first met on a basketball court: he was the star center at Fort Wayne (now Summit College) and I was […]
I have been puzzled more than once why Peter overloads on “spirituality” in 1 Peter 2:5. Here are his words in the NRSV: “like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to […]
Summary by Bevere: 1. Introduction: In chapter seven, “Reimagining God’s Future,” Wright comes to the final theme in the trilogy of Paul’s reworking of traditional Jewish theology– eschatology.
Summarizing a clear but still technical journal article is not easy, and so shorter here is better. David Mills, a prof at Cedarville University, asks if the critics of emergent leaders are justified in their accusation that the leaders are […]
Here’s an update on Bob Robinson. Keep praying for Bob.
This section in Eugene Peterson’s book, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, deals with how the fear-of-the-Lord is developed in history: Peterson suggests it occurs through Eucharist and Hospitality.
Wisdom of the week: from Hamo about personality cults. You know I’m a big fan of Pastor Jim Martin, who has the wisest blog in the world, but if you’re young (married less than ten years or thinking about it […]
Some more sayings from Khalidi’s collection of sayings and stories about Jesus that are not found in the Kor’an.
Today is Thursday, March 2 and I am happy to report great news! Bob was breathing on his own today for several hours!! The trach is still in, but they can cover it to let him breathe himself. He was […]
A highlight of my week in San Diego was meeting with Mark Oestreicher (Marko). We had lunch in La Jolla (pronounced La Hoya) overlooking the bay. Well, it is not hard to imagine. It was beautiful. The food was good […]
I am impressed with how Peter seeks to provide a mental apparatus for his readers on how to cope with opposition to Jesus and the Church. They are to be nourished by feasting on the Lord (1 Pet 2:3), and […]
Cell phone? I do. I got it last Friday. I’ve not had a good relation with cell phones. We got Kris one of those boxy cell phones years ago so she would have an emergency phone should you need it […]
In our local area The Chapel is spreading its wings and its message by offering off-site video sermons with on-site pastoral leadership. It hit home when a large (900 members) local church in Libertyville, Hawthorn Hills Community Church, joined The […]
This is the sixth installment of a series on N.T. Wright’s new book, Paul in Fresh Perspective, by Allan Bevere and I, and we’ve observed that Tom Wright here is playing his view of Paul over against the “new” perspective. […]
The future of emerging theology fascinates me. I’ve said this before, but let me say it again. In the 80s and 90s, historical Jesus studies and studies about the new perspective on Paul dominated academic discussions. It was fun to […]
Here’s some simple questions: Is the Apocrypha in the Bible you carry to church? Something your pastor or preachers or teachers use or refer to in sermons? Something you personally read? Do you think it is inspired? Vote on which […]
Emergent’s national coordinator is Tony Jones, and Emergent Village has a line-up of significant leaders, and then there are others who exercise leading voices like Brian McLaren and TSK and Steve Taylor and Jordon Cooper and I’ll not try to […]
I thought it might be a good point to pause for a moment to see where we are in 1 Peter and why it is that we can call Peter’s letter “emerging.” Simply put, Peter is fashioning a way to […]