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Science, Faith, and Vern Poythress 2

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This is part two of RJS’s review of Vern Poythress, Redeeming Science. Vern Poythress in his book Redeeming Science begins with a thoroughly Christian worldview. God is the creator of the world. Everything came into being by Him and through […]

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New Monasticism

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There is a movement underway, in some places quite significant and in others not yet significant, but it seems to be growing. It can threaten, it can transform, and it can provoke. It is called “new monasticism.” I’m wondering if […]

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Friday is for Friends

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Spiritual disciplines, normally taken to be individualistic disciplines, are given a new boost by Darryl Tippens in his new book, Pilgrim Heart. How so? Disciplines are also needed to promote an ecclesial spirituality — disciplines that create community. It is […]

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Book Notes

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1. Beate Epp, one of our readers and occasional commenter (and artist), has a nice book for kids on horses: I gave the book to a friend whose daughter loves horses. Here is her comment: “A charming story, perfect for […]

Science, Faith, and Vern Poythress

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I received a copy of a book that I could not review intelligently. It is by Vern Poythress and it is on science and faith, so I asked my friend, RJS (a science professor at a research institution), if she’d […]

Forgotten Missional Ways 4

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Anyone who begins a chp with this quotation from TS Eliot has my attention: “The greatest proof of Christianity for others is not how far a man can logically analyze his reasons for believing, but how far in practice he […]

Friday is for Friends

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Emptying — not a word often heard these days — is the first “discipline” Darryl Tippens discusses in his excellent study of the sorts of spiritual disciplines that we need to develop in community. Remember, this is a book about […]

Friday is for Friends

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When English teachers turn to writing — turn away that is from their mounds of grading — I tend to find something to read. Why? Because they know what they are doing when putting pen to paper (or finger to […]

Redemptive Trend: Criticisms

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Last week I said I’d post on Wayne Grudem’s response to William Webb’s proposal of the redemptive trend. So, today I will summarize Wayne Grudem’s response and next week I’ll respond to this summary of Grudem’s strong criticisms of the […]

A missional pastor

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Dan Kimball’s new book, They Like Jesus But Not the Church, is a must-read for pastors for one big reason: what Dan learned can be a spur for a more effective ministry. What did he learn?

Forgotten Missional Ways 3

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The core of the problem for Alan Hirsch, in his The Forgotten Ways, is Christendom. That is, the Church created by Constantine and whose ways simply haven’t changed all that much since the 4th Century. The solution, Hirsch thinks, is […]

Praying like a psalmist

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I’ve spent a fair amount of time in the Psalms, as have many of you. One thing I find so incredibly penetrating for me is the utter honesty and raw emotions in those prayers. My favorite OT theologian these days […]

Friday is for Friends

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This marks the end of our time together with Miroslav Volf’s The End of Memory, and it ends on a breath-taking note. Let me give the big picture, ask our question(s), and then summarize his final chapter. (Next week we […]

Thoughts on Redemptive Trend

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This post will put together William Webb’s 18 criteria but will begin with a few of my conclusions about the redemptive trend. You might want to print this out for future use. My suggestion is that you use a set […]

Women in Ministry: Redemptive Trend

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The 17th and 18th criteria in William Webb’s paradigm of the redemptive trend — or how we move the Bible’s message into our world in a progressive, redeeming way — deal with Extrascriptural criteria. No matter how biblical we think […]

Forgotten Missional Ways 2

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Last week we began looking at Alan Hirsch, The Forgotten Ways. This week we want to look at chp 1. Alan Hirsch is a practitioner (not simply an “armchair theologian”) of missional churches; he has been involved in revitalizing, re-envisioning, […]

Friday is for Friends

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One of the difficulties in blogging through a book is finding a book that can sustain a conversation over a month or more by both advancing an argument and doing so in such a way that variety obtains. Miroslav Volf’s […]

The God Hypothesis 8

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This is our last post about Richard Dawkins’ book The God Delusion, and we here cover chp. 10: A Much Needed Gap? Here he examines the supposed gap in our hearts/minds that religion contends it fills. He, of course, contends […]

Forgotten Missional Ways 1

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I want to devote a series of posts to Alan Hirsch’s new book, The Forgotten Ways: Reactivating the Missional Church (Baker: Brazos, 2006). I will kick it off today with a brief whetting of your appetite to purchase this book […]

Friday is for Friends

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Here’s a good question from Miroslav Volf’s book, The End of Memory: “But it is right to insist on the everlasting memory of suffered wrongs?” (Read this.) The question Volf is asking is if it is desirable or inevitable that […]

Book Notes

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When I got back to my NPU office after Christmas break I had received a bundle of books from publishers who wanted me to blog about their publications. I simply can’t blog about all of them, but I’m going to […]

The God Hypothesis 7

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Here’s a chapter that should concern each of us. In chp 9 of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion Dawkins contends that forming our children into our faith is child abuse. And he challenges each of us to consider the role […]

Women in Ministry: Ethnic Stereotypes

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Most of us think the Bible is from one world (Ancient Israel, Greco-Roman, etc) and that we are in another world (modern West, etc), and that moving the Bible from its world into our world requires a gentle art. Whether […]

Glory Days

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When a student of mine sends me a book he (or she) has written, it’s a glory day … and it’s even more glorious when the book is called Glory Days. IVP England has published this, and I hope his […]

Friday is for Friends

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How, Miroslav Volf in his The End of Memory asks, does a Christian remember rightly? In particular, how does a Christian remember suffered wrongs if the Christian learns to remember throught he lenses of the Exodus and the Passion? This […]

The God Hypothesis 6

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Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion has provided many of us with plenty to talk about and I want to say thanks for the conversation. Some have written to me to point to reviews at other sites, and I’ll begin this […]

When Courage is named Wangari

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If you are interested in justice, if you are interested in the struggle for justice, and if you need a shot in the arm to bolster your courage to fight through the mundane and the red-tape, then I’ve got a […]

Women in Ministry: Redemptive Trend 3

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The singular question for women in ministry is this: At its simplest it is this: Are there transcultural elements in the Bible? Are some elements “cultural”? And how do we do know the difference? William Webb, in his book Slaves, […]

The Art of Conversation 1

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When the leaders of what is now called Emergent landed on the term “conversation” to describe itself, they landed on a loaded term. Why? Because “conversation” has a noble history and because not all Christians know how to “converse.” They […]

Reading (not Lolita) in Ixtapa

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Well, you ask, what did we read while we were here? Kris and I begin a few months in advance planning our “vacation reading,” so we had more than a few books to choose from. My approach is to bring […]

Friday is for Friends

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There are two uses of memory according to the 5th chp of Miroslav Volf’s The End of Memory. There is literal memory and exemplary memory. What we do with our memories is what matters most — do we “do” literal […]

The God Hypothesis 5

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Where do we get our morals? Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, chps. 6-7, dedicates much ink to spilling out his theory of morals. He is bound to do two things: demonstrate that morals are an evolutionary deposit in humans (through […]

Is Christianity Credible? 2

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In chps 3 and 4 of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s Love Alone is Credible, Balthasar speaks of an aesthetic that speaks to us from outside ourselves. Such an aesthetic perception of beauty cannot be reduced to my imagination. Love, Balthasar, […]

My Sweet Dale

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I heard about this two years ago: America’s finest NT scholar, Dale Allison, was packing up his books for a little while to write a book on none other than George Harrison. It’s out! The Love There That’s Sleeping: The […]

Is Christianity Credible?

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And what does it mean to be “credible”? And how does one determine if it is “credible”? These questions have been asked time and again by good thinkers, but surely one of the most interesting is Hans Urs von Balthasar, […]

Friday is for Friends

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Friends, we might need to remind ourselves, talk about the inner life, and nothing is more “inner” than a wounded self — a person who has been damaged to the core by wrongdoing. Miroslav Volf’s The End of Memory (chp. […]

The God Hypothesis 4

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Chp 5 of Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, contends that religion can be explained on the basis of natural selection. “What ultimately explains the lust for gods?” he asks (p. 169). Or, put in more Darwinian terms, “What is the […]

Friday is for Friends

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Once again, we return (as friends) to M. Volf’s book, The End of Memory. His concern is how to remember wrongdoing and wrongdoers truthfully. His topic haunts those who have suffered, and those of us committed to loving our neighbors […]

The Gentle Art of Blurbing

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I’ve suddenly been found on the radar for writing blurbs for books. I have gone from total obscurity to occasional presence, and I think it is because of this blog — now considered by some to be “media.” My favorite […]

Opus Dei 1

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I suspect that most of us became aware of Opus Dei (Latin for “work of God”) through the DaVinci Code book or movie. In both it was caricatured in order to ridicule and other. This is why a book like […]

The God Hypothesis 3

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In chps 3 and 4 of Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, the author evaluates arguments for God’s existence and then offers arguments why “there almost certainly is no God.” RJS and I are summarizing and offering brief evaluation. Here goes:

Women in Ministry: “I do not permit…”

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Sarah Sumner’s Men and Women in the Church, chps 17-20, discuss the most controversial — according to all — and significant — according to some — text in the entire NT when it comes to the “role” of women in […]

The God Hypothesis 2

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Here is Richard Dawkins’ essential thesis: “any creative intelligence, of sufficient complexity to design anything [the God hypothesis], comes into existence only as the end product of an extended process of gradual evolution” (The God Delusion, 31). And the God […]

The Emerging Question 4

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Terry Tiessen’s 6th chp asks this question: To whom does God reveal himself? Let us remind ourselves of the basic options — some say God reveals himself only to those who hear the gospel as preached through the Church (ecclesiocentrics); […]

Friday is for Friends

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There are four theologians, who happen to be my age (or close), whom I have decided to read whatever they write — if I can find time. LeRon Shults, Kevin Vanhoozer, John Franke, and Miroslav Volf. Volf’s newest book, which […]

The God Hypothesis 1

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Richard Dawkins, who writes with a prose that is saucy and caustic and witty, argues in his newest book that God is a delusion. I will be joined in this series by RJS; I will write the first few paragraphs […]

The Emerging Question 3

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If what I am calling “the” emerging question is as central as I think it is — and that question is ‘what about those who do not know about Jesus Christ’?, then the entire “in vs. out” issue is immediately […]

On buying used (or new?) books

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The posts last week about buying books at SBL spurred a bundle of questions. I’d like to answer this one today:

Women in Ministry: “weaker vessel”?

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Sarah Sumner’s chp 11 in Men and Women in Ministry discusses what 1 Peter 3:7 means when it says that women are the “weaker vessel.” Sarah begins with a lesson in how to do word studies, but first our questions. […]

Friday is for Friends

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Wendell Berry’s Citizenship Papers piles up repetition of ideas, and it’s starting to wear on me. His ideals are noble: agrarianism. But, I must admit that the essays are repetitive, and before I long I will be asking someone else […]

Publishers in 2006

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Every year I find one publisher to be at the top of the list for the best new books, so here is my rating for this year:

SBL, Books and What to buy

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Yesterday’s post on book buying at SBL generated a bundle of questions, and I thought I’d just drop some quick answers right here. So, here goes…

The Emerging Question 2

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As I stated in last week’s post, I think the singularly-most significant question facing the emerging generation of Christians is world religions and the “salvation” of those who have never heard the gospel. Terry Tiessen’s study, Who Can Be Saved?, […]

SBL and Book Addicts

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The Society of Biblical Literature holds its annual meeting alongside at least four other major conferences: the American Academy of Religion, the Institute for Biblical Research, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the American Schools for Oriental Research. Because there are […]

Friday is for Friends

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Wendell Berry’s Citizenship Papers is not an easy book to work through chp by chp because it is quite repetitive — but the chp “Two Minds” seems to me to put together some of his central ideas about a more […]

Women and Ministry: God-talk

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First: Happy birthday to my sister, Alexa. Now to our day’s post: Is God a “father” or a “mother”? How should we talk about God? And is the word “Father” fixed or flexible? This is discussed in Sarah Sumner’s book, […]

Letter to an Emerging Christian

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Dear Emma, You’ve asked me what I think of Brian McLaren, and I assume by that you are talking about his many writings. And you’ve asked me “how” to think about him. As a person, Brian is gracious and kind, […]

The Emerging Question 1

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The generation that grew up with Mr. Rogers and Sesame Street, was also thoroughly indoctrinated in public education and through the media to think all religions are the same. Tolerance, the deistic doctrine of our day, is not only a […]

WWJVF? 3

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Here’s how Obery Hendricks defines kingdom, or the sovereignty of God, in his book The Politics of Jesus: “a new world order of transformed human relationships; it was social, economic, and political relationships in this world made holy” (99). Enough […]

Guess who came to our home this week?

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Mary. Many thanks to Paraclete’s heroic efforts to get this book out this Fall. I’m hoping the Street Team participants got their copies this week, too. Did they?

Friday is for Friends

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Friends tell one another a story, and the story invites the friend into its own world. Here’s mine: last year Kris and I decided to have a garage built. (We had lived here for about 20 years without one; it […]

WWJVF? 2

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In Obery Hendricks’ The Political Jesus, chps. 1-2, we are treated to a survey of the socio-political context for Jesus’ kingdom message. Let me ask this question for our conversation today:

WWJVF?

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That’s our new bracelet idea: “Who Would Jesus Vote For?” On the question of the politics of Jesus, many have put forth their proposals, none more influentially than The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder. And now from the […]

Women in Ministry: Manhood

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The 7th chp (and chp 8 ) of Sarah Sumner’s Men and Women in the Church begins with this statement: “If Christian women have a tendency to pretend they are inferior, the opposite is true for Christian men” (81). This […]

Writing — On the Side

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If I’ve been asked this once, I’ve been asked it 500 times: “How do you do it?” And by that my questioners want to know how I have time to teach, write books, take care of this blog, and speak […]

Leaders as …?

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In James Vanoosting’s And the Flesh Became Word, he has an essay about leaders and administrators. He trots out three “types” of leaders: business manager, military commander, and intellectual leader. He then suggests another image, simile, for leaders.

Friday is for Friends

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Wendell Berry, in Citizenship Papers — a volume that is not afraid to disagree with government, has a chp called “The Failure of War.” Here is his essential point: “Militarization in defense of freedom reduces the freedom of the defenders.”

Scripture and Incarnation

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In my teaching career, especially since I’ve been at North Park and started with this blog, I’ve had more than a few questions that are now being given a fresh examination by Peter Enns, in his new book, Inspiration and […]

Guess who came to our home this week?

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Mary. Thanks to Paraclete’s heroic speed and efforts, the book is now here. I don’t know if street teams have gotten their copies yet. Hope so.

Women in Ministry: Personhood

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Last week I received a sensitive letter — a letter that made me more sensitive. Here’s the issue that the writer pressed into my mind: when we talk about “women in ministry” we need to understand that, regardless of what […]

The Real Mary‘s In!

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It’s November 1, and Paraclete now has copies of The Real Mary ready to ship out. You can order the book from the publisher by clicking here. (I’m grateful that Paraclete is getting the books available well before the publishing […]

Do Calvinists understand Arminianism? 10

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This is our last in the series on Roger Olson’s book, Arminian Theology. Myth #10 is that Arminians adhere to the “governmental theory of atonement.” Most may not know what this theory holds, and most may never have heard that […]

Speaking our Eschatology

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My grandmother, at the time over 90, worried to my father that she was pregnant. Her worries did not come from some kind of Sarah-for-our-time miracle but instead from the gradual loss of her mind. My grandfather, who landed in […]

Essays and Essayists

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James Vanoosting, in the introduction And the Flesh Became Word, says something that struck my inner chords: “Given half a chance, I’ll write an essay before a book, after a book, between books, and (my favorite) instead of a book.” […]

Friday is for Friends

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Friends, it is sometimes said, don’t talk to one another about politics. I beg to differ, but I add a requirement: friends can talk about politics if they behave themselves, talk to one another with civility, and carry on their […]

Do Calvinists understand Arminianism? 9

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Myth #9 from Roger Olson’s Arminian Theology is appropriate for me today: I’m at Westminster Theological Seminary, one of America’s foremost bastions of reformed theology. The myth is this: that Arminians deny justification by faith alone through faith alone. At […]

What to do when you can’t sleep

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Added later: I’m at the Chestunut Hill Coffee Company outside Philadelphia; best Latte I’ve ever had in my life. As we age, so I’m told, we don’t need as much sleep — or, with a darker twist, as we age […]

Sumner Months 3

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When it comes to being made in God’s “image,” what I call being an Eikon of God, Sarah Sumner’s Men and Women in the Church opens up 1 Corinthians 11:7 and dwells on Augustine’s interpretation, and suggests that Augustine’s theory […]

In-God, Un-God 7

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What, LeRon Shults asks, is “knowledge” like for God and for us — that is, after the turn to relationality? His answer is very important for each of us. What God knows cannot be reduced to cognition, or to knowledge […]

Do Calvinists understand Arminianism? 8

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Myth #8: Arminians do not believe in predestination. Not so, says Roger Olson in Arminian Theology. Predestination, because it is in the Bible, is believed by Arminians. Here’s his point: predestination is God’s sovereign decree to elect believers in Jesus […]

Friday is for Friends

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We come to the end of Joseph Epstein, Friendship: An Expose. It’s been a good book to provoke thinking about friendship, and of course his prose is excellent. He’s not as funny here as he in his essays, which of […]

Africa Bible Commentary

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It is boilerplate to state that one-volume commentaries on the Bible are never deep enough. Which, of course, is followed with this: Unless you are a Bible reader who just needs brief comments on the whole text. Which is exactly […]

Women in Ministry: Sumner Months 2

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So when people call themselves “traditionalists” with respect to the role of women, esp in ministry, what do they mean? And, are there traditionalists today? Sarah Sumner’s book, Men and Women in the Church, chp. 3, discusses such questions with […]

Women in Ministry: Sumner Months

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Any church that prohibits women from minstering in ways that women minister within the pages of the Bible, regardless of the text that church chooses to use in order to restrict women (usually 1 Cor 14:34-35 or 1 Tim 2:11-15), […]

In-God, Un-God 6

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“Of the three late modern trajectories,” LeRon Shults concludes at the end of chp 7 of Reforming the Doctrine of God, “the renewal of eschatological ontology may be the most difficult to understand for many Western readers.” Indeed. And this […]

Do Calvinists understand Arminianism? 7

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Myth #6 in Roger Olson’s book, Arminian Theology, is another oft-repeated accusation against Arminians: that Arminian theology is a human-centered theology with an optimistic anthropology. In fact, Olson argues, Arminian theology is every bit as God-intoxicated as Calvinist theology when […]

Friday is for Friends

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Joseph Epstein’s fine study, Friendship: An Expose, has a chp on “friendlessness.” The chp, which speaks of a few kinds of friendlessness, led me to ponder a number of things.

In-God, Un-God 5

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Chp 6 of LeRon Shults’ absolutely breath-taking (and not easy to read) book Reforming the Doctrine of God deals with “reviving trinitarian doctrine.” The recent revival of trinitarian thought shows an affinity for the Cappadocians, and also for Luther and […]

Do Calvinists understand Arminianism? 6

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Myth #5: Arminian theology denies the sovereignty of God. The fundamental expression Roger Olson uses, in his book Arminian Theology, is that “God is in charge of everything without controlling everything.”

Friday is for Friends

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Friday may be for friends, but sometimes friendships fade or, sadly, are broken. Epstein’s 17th chp of Friendship: An Expose is about broken friendships. A little dreary of a topic for the day that ushers us into the weekend, but […]

In-God, Un-God 4

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We need to resume our look at LeRon Shults, Reforming the Doctrine of God. He speaks of God’s infinity and Trinity and futurity, and I have called this the “in-God and un-God” because his study deals with terms like infinity […]

Do Calvinists understand Arminianism? 5

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Myth #4: the heart of Arminianism is belief in free will. Nonsense, Olson argues in his must-read Arminian Theology. The heart of Arminian theology is the character of God, God’s goodness, and its system yearns to glorify God by exalting […]

Women and Ministry: Headship from Home to Church?

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In chp 2 of RT France, Women in the Church’s Ministry, the subject of authority is addressed. France contends that at the bottom of the discussion about the role of women in ministry among evangelicals in the Anglican communion was […]

Do Calvinists understand Arminianism? 4

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In Roger Olson’s Arminian Theology, chp. 3, a 3d Myth is addressed: that Arminianism is neither orthodox nor evangelical. I cannot say that I have ever heard anyone say Arminians are not orthodox, but I have heard more than I […]

Do Calvinists understand Arminianism? 3

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Myth #2: a hybrid of Calvinism and Arminianism is possible. Instead, Olson argues, the two systems are incommensurable systems of theology.

Do Calvinists understand Arminianism? 2

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Myth #1: Arminian theology is the opposite of Calvinist/Reformed theology. This is not true: Arminius and most of his followers are part of the broad Reformation movement and there is common ground.

Do Calvinists understand Arminianism? 1

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The answer, in general, is no. (I need to say that gently as I am in Grand Rapids today to give some lectures.) So argues Roger Olson is his brand-new must-read Arminian Theology. I’ll do a series on this book. […]

Scriptures and Scripture: African American

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Social context shapes how we read the Bible, and the 16th chp in J. Holcomb’s Christian Theologies of Scripture is written by L.B. Baldwin and S.W. Murphy on how Scripture works in the African American tradition. I’ve posted on this […]

Friday is for Friends

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The conversation of friends, the great Samuel Johnson once said, is nothing more than a “calm interchange of sentiments.” And Joseph Epstein, in his Friendship: An Expose, devotes an entire chp to the talk of friends. Here’s how he defines […]

Women in Ministry: Scripture and Feminism

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A nice convergence: our series on Women in Ministry and on Scriptures and Scripture converge in the chapter by Pamela Cochran on “Scripture, Feminism, and Sexuality.”

Scriptures and Scripture: Balthasar

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A theologian with an enormous impact but whom I’ve barely read is Hans Urs van Balthasar. In Justin Holcomb’s Christian Theologies of Scripture, the essay on Balthasar is written by a specialist, W.T. Dickens. The question he provokes is this […]

Scriptures and Scripture: Karl Barth

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Here is a question that occurs to anyone sensitive to interpreting the Bible: Is the event itself — say the crossing of the Red Sea or the exile/return or the incarnation or the death or the resurrection of Jesus — […]

Friday is for Friends

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Are your friendship within a “clique,” a “clan,” or a “community”? Joseph Epstein’s 13th chapter in Friendship: An Expose, explores friendship through these three categories. Where are yours?

Scriptures and Scripture 3

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What is the proper order? Do we believe in Scripture because we believe in Christ — as a result of preaching and the illumination of the Spirit? Or, do we believe in Christ because we believe in the Scriptures? Did […]

In-God, Un-God 3

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In LeRon Shults’ book, Reforming the Doctrine of God, the 4th chp takes on “God as First Cause,” and once again puts the way this has been understood to the test of whether it measures up to the biblical concept […]

Scriptures and Scripture 2

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In this series on how Scripture has been understood in the history of the Church, we will be reading through J.S. Holcomb’s Christian Theologies of Scripture. Today’s post will make brief remarks about Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, the Catholic Reform (Counter […]

In-God, Un-God 2

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We rightly call God “person,” but what is meant by calling God “person”? In LeRon Shults, Reforming the Doctrine of God, the history of how theologians have understood “person” is sketched. Revealingly. Ponder this statement: “… the question is not […]

Pieces of Glass

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This is Kris, a guest blogger for the day. My favorite type of book is a memoir, and I recently read a new book by Sarah Kay called Pieces of Glass. This is a young woman’s story of tragedy who […]

Friday is for Friends

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A person begins a conversation, a letter, an introduction, or an e-mail with a “I know you’re busy” or “I know lots of people would like to have your time” or, with what is really at the bottom of it, […]

Scriptures and Scripture 1

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I’m doing some reading for a short piece on the doctrine of Scripture. One of the issues pressing many revolves around the unity of the Bible — is it Scripture or is it scriptures? — which provokes the question also […]

In-God, Un-God 1

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“In”-God and “Un”-God is my expression for the transcendence of God, the God who is so unlike the absorption of so many with an “immanent” God-who-is-alot-like-us- but just-a-little-bit-more-than-us but before whom very few sense awe. To help us forward with […]

Friday is for Friends

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The 11th chapter of Epstein’s Friendship: An Expose concerns friendships with the opposite sex. He writes eloquently — why even mention his habit? — of Samuel Johnson and Hester Thrale as well as of Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford. Then […]

Conclusion to Wells

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This is the last of my posts on David Wells’ new book, Above All Earthly Pow’rs. I thought his criticism a bit relentless, and I found his conclusion a bit surprising, but I thought his emphasis on immigration as significant […]

Friday is for Friends

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In chp 10 of Joseph Epstein’s book, Friendship: An Expose, Epstein asks this question: What are the friendships between males like? What do you think of the following quotations?

Above All Earthly Pow’rs 1

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David Wells, author of Above All Earthly Pow’rs, was one of my teachers in seminary and the best lecturer I have ever heard. I was mesmerized by his sketch of theology, and will never forget his standard answer to questions: […]

Piny Pek

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I’m not sure how to describe Hope in the Dark. It is a book of pictures by Jeremy Cowart with some textual observations by Jena Lee. What about? Life in Africa. Visual, real, and not staged. You will not find […]

Deity formerly known as God 2

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As I said last Thursday, Jarrett Stevens’ new book, The Deity Formerly Known as God, is a remake of J.B. Phillips’ famous Your God is Too Small. The book is definitely designed for the younger generation (than mine). The first […]

Deity formerly known as God

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Some titles of books work, and some don’t. Jarrett Stevens’ new book, The Deity Formerly Known as God (Zondervan, 2006), is a title that works. I’ll post on this book twice.

Friday is for Friends: Women’s friendships

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Joseph Epstein’s Friendship: An Expose tackles a politically incorrect subject: the difference in friendship between men and women. So, let’s see what we really do think. I’ll give you some quotations from Epstein and you ponder them to see if […]

Render unto Caesar 3

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I was thoroughly impressed with Christopher Bryan’s Render to Caesar study of how the Bible understands power and empire. In this post, I want to draw together his major points, and I think you will see that much of the […]

Render unto Caesar 2

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Christopher Bryan is, if his prose any indicator, both a scholar’s curmudgeon — much on the order of Morna Hooker — and a happy person. He’s a scholar’s curmudgeon because he doesn’t buy trendy scholarship just because everyone likes it, […]

Heretic’s Guide to Eternity 4

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What about universalism? Before I say anything, I want to ask if you think the following proposal by Spencer is universalist or if it is not more accurately a (very, very) “generous inclusivism”? Here are Spencer Burke’s central theses, and […]

The Case for Liberal Evangelicals 6

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The conclusion to Randall Balmer’s Thy Kingdom Come is both a jeremiad and a plea — a critique of the Religious Right and a basket of suggestions of how evangelicals can move forward. There is no way to sum this […]

If you have a daughter…

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I’ve got a book that you need (or one like it): Ginny Olson’s Teenage Girls: Exploring Issues Adolescent Girls Face and Strategies to Help Them. Recently Kris and I were at a store, we went to the counter, and I […]

Friday is for Friends 5

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What are the obligations of friendship? What can a friend reasonably expect of a friend? I’ve not thought much about this, other than in the quiet moments of visceral responses when something happens in a relationship to a friend. So, […]

Heretic’s Guide to Eternity 3

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The third section of Spencer Burke’s A Heretic’s Guide to Eternity is called “Living in Grace: Mystical Responsibility.” Again, I’ll provide here the main lines of his thinking:

The Case for Liberal Evangelicals 5

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Environmentalism? Where do you stand? Are you green, dark green, light green, or something else? If your tendency is to move to another blog because this post is about something you are not interested in, well maybe you should hang […]

Heretic’s Guide to Eternity 2

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Spencer Burke’s A Heretic’s Guide to Eternity is divided into 3 major sections. The second one concerns “Questioning What We Know: New Horizons of Faith.” Because Spencer does not operate rigorously with the law of non-contradiction, but instead operates with […]

The Case for Liberal Evangelicals 4

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Evolution or intelligent design, science or faith? Those are the questions that shape chp 4 of Randall Balmer’s Thy Kingdom Come. Once again, his points sharpen the debate as they create controversy. Here are his central claims:

Friday is for Friends 4

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Epstein suggests in the second half of his sixth chapter on Friendship: An Expose, eight reasons why friendship as an art, as a preoccupation, or as a core value is no longer what it was. Wondering what you think of […]

The Case for Liberal Evangelicals 3

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In a delicious irony, I was finishing up Balmer’s 3d chapter on education and democracy while on the TV in the living room Ann Coulter was being interviewed by Chris Mathews on MSNBC. They were outside; young students were in […]

Heretic’s Guide to Eternity 1

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A while back I posted on our brief visit with Spencer Burke, creator of TheOoze.com. At the time I mentioned that Spencer had written a new book that gives a twist to universalism called The Heretic’s Guide to Heaven. On […]

The Case for Liberal Evangelicals 2

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Randall Balmer’s book, Thy Kingdom Come, turns in chp 2 to ask this question: “Where have all the Baptists Gone?” and looks at the First Amendment. Here’s the overall thesis of the chapter: “America needs more Baptists — real Baptists, […]

Jesus Mean and Wild

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Last night I discussed on Extension 720 Mark Galli’s bood, Jesus Mean and Wild. I’m not sure about the word “mean,” for what Galli means is not really a dictionary definition — he’s speaking of the stern Jesus, of the […]

The Case for Liberal Evangelicals 1

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Thy Kingdom Come: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America, An Evangelical’s Lament, by Randall Balmer, is bound to create some controversy for those who read it and who are willing to face the tough suggestions and […]

Friday is for Friends 3

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Joseph Epstein’s Friendship: An Expose asks in chp 5 an important question that we often do not ask ourselves, but in our more cynical moments we recognize ourselves in an affirmative answer to the question: “Is friendship, when stripped down […]

Is the Reformation over? 5

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Just in case you haven’t heard of it, in the early 1990s Richard John Neuhaus (editor of First Things) and Charles Colson (who needs no intro to most of you) began a fruitful dialogue that has led to four “Evangelical […]

Is the Reformation over? 4

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Where do you find Roman Catholic theology? Now, before we go too far, let me make this point: Evangelicals tend to define themselves and therefore everyone else by their doctrinal statement. (This has given rise, in part, to the emerging […]

Is the Reformation over? 3

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Here’s the question I propose to you regarding Noll and Nystrom’s book, Is the Reformation Over?: How significant are ecumenical dialogues for (1) the RC Church as a whole and (2) for lay level understandings of the RC faith? Here’s […]

Is the Reformation over? 2

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Noll and Nystrom, in their Is the Reformation Over?, chp 3, see the shifts that occurred in the 1950s to concern four, yea five, things: changes within the Catholic Church, in world Christianity, in American politics and society, in the […]

Friday is for Friends 2

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Joseph Epstein’s Friendship: An Expose turns in chps 3 and 4 to two more topics: best friends and how to kill friendships. This is not a review or even a description, but the simple recording of some quotations and some […]

Jesus at Harvard

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In 1912 George Santayana taught a course at Harvard on Jesus, but no one taught another course on Jesus at Harvard until 1982, a full seventy years, when Harvey Cox did so. Cox was known to me in my college […]

Friday is for Friends 1

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Joseph Epstein, plain and simple, is my favorite writer. In one calendar year I read about a dozen of his books and it saddened me when I came to the end of his non-fiction. I did buck up and read […]

Was Jesus “mean and wild”?

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Mark Galli, editor at Christianity Today, thinks so. His new book, Jesus Mean and Wild: The Unexpected Love of an Untamable God, now out with Baker, enters the fray about Jesus with some unexpected themes.

Announcement: Friday is for Friends

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Starting July 7th, Friday, I’ll begin a series on my favorite, one-of-a-kind, drop-all-your-other-books-to-read, author, Joseph Epstein, and his new book called Friendship: An Expose. We’ll do maybe two chapters each Friday, and the point won’t be so much to interact […]

How to Read the Bible 5 Horton responds

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We come now to our last post on Michael Horton’s book on covenant theology, God of Promise. Many of us generic-brand Bible readers can benefit from being exposed to this covenant approach, even if we disagree. I offer a critique […]

How to Read the Bible 4

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Michael Horton, in God of Promise, provides what is surely the most recent and complete defense of a covenantal theology reading of the Bible. And chp 5 sketches the fullness of this approach to the Bible. He calls it “From […]

How to Read the Bible 3

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Michael Horton’s God of Promise, chps. 3-4, puts the big blocks of his thesis in place, and the big blocks are not hard to understand, and they go a long way to explain how his understanding of covenant theology works.

How to Read the Bible 2

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How do we read the Bible? In Michael Horton’s eyes, we read it “covenantally” for it alone ties us to the God who is covenanted within three persons and whose hyper-relationality extends to creation. This is one big idea in […]

How to Read the Bible 1

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At some point in many of our conversations someone steps up to the plate and says “that’s not, or that is, how to read the Bible.” For years I have thought one of the most important sorts of books to […]

Least Known, Best Emerging Book

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This convoluted title to my post today means that I’ve found a book that no one seems to talk much about but which is a very fine book — and when I was wandering around trying to find the best […]

Lord’s Prayer as Pattern Prayer

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Andii Bowsher has recently written a book that might be of some use to you, especially if you’d like to combine structure with spontaneity in your prayer life. His book is called Praying the Pattern, and there is a website […]

Holyghost

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In Jason Boyett’s Pocket Guide to the Bible: A Little Book about the Big Book I came across his entry on the Holy Spirit, and it got me to thinking about my grandma, bless her heart.

A Book to Brighten Every Day

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If I were you, and I’m assuming you have days when you’re a bit down, when being a Christian is not what you thought it would be, and when you wonder if you should be doing what you’re doing … […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 8

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This is my last post on J. Frye’s wonderful book, Jesus the Pastor. I will do the final three chps today, and hope I’ve not said more than I should about this fine book. Chps 10 and 11 deal with […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 7

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In chps. 8 and 9 of J. Frye’s book we encounter one central theme — that of teaching. What is it? I suggest that if we believed what J. Frye says about what teaching is most of us would adjust […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 6

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When I opened J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor Wednesday evening for the next reading, I sighed because it was about “spiritual disciplines.” I remember the days when no one, and I mean no one I knew of, had ever heard […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 5

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One of the reasons I’m blogging through this book is that it was written by a pastor, and it is important for me to understand more deeply what pastors think and do. Chp. 6 deals with the heart of pastoral […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 4

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Do you think Jesus depended on the Spirit? That is the subject of Frye’s fifth chapter, and it is a good chapter. Once again, very good stories in this chapter envelop the basic biblical discussion of whether or not Jesus […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 3

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Where does the pastor, and nearly every one I’ve met has struggles with this one, find his or her identity? John Frye, in Jesus the Pastor, weaves together one big biblical idea with personal realities to frame a solid answer […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 2

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John Frye’s excellent, Jesus the Pastor, raises two major issues, the value and role of seminary education and the meaning of “pastoring.” Here’s the question John provoked for me: If you could make one change in a seminary education, what […]

J. Frye’s Jesus the Pastor 1

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I will be looking at John Frye’s 2000 book Jesus the Pastor: Leading Others in the Character and Power of Christ for a while. John challenges pastors in this book to look to Jesus, not just to pastoral theories and […]

The Debate about Mary, Mother of Jesus

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What do you really think of Mary? Most Protestants know far too little about Mary, and often don’t even know that the Immaculate Conception (Mary’s) is not the same as the virginal conception (Jesus’). I expect to be posting occasionally […]

R.D. Moore’s Kingdom of Christ 5

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In this last post on Russell Moore’s book on the kingdom, I want to look at the heart of his last chp and then offer some concluding observations.

R.D. Moore’s Kingdom of Christ 4

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The next chp of Russell Moore’s study of kingdom concerns ecclesiology: With the new unity being achieved beyond traditional dispensationalism and covenant theology, there arises the issue of what the church should look like. Once again, Moore has landed on […]

R.D. Moore’s Kingdom of Christ 3

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Let me begin by provoking with a question: Is Russell Moore’s proposal in chp 3 an emerging proposal? Is his proposal that there is a way beyond traditionist dispensationalism and traditionist covenant theologians a “purple” theology? Is it post-dispensational and […]

R.D. Moore’s Kingdom of Christ 2

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I would say the second chp of Russell Moore’s The Kingdom of the Christ is the finest survey of how eschatology and kingdom have been studied by evangelicals, both dispensational and covenant, in the 20th Century. I lived through most […]

R.D. Moore’s Kingdom of Christ 1

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What do Russell D. Moore, a professor at Southern Seminary, and Brian McLaren, a major voice in the emerging church movement, have in common? A lot I will suggest today — and it that “a lot” has to do with […]

For God So Loved

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Jonathan Wilson’s For God So Loved the World: A Christology of Disciples came across my desk recently because it has a nice section on atonement theories, arguing as many of us are arguing today, that atonement is a multi-splendored work […]

More on Sin

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My friend Joel Green recommended that I read Ted Peters’ Sin: Radical Evil in Soul and Society and I’m glad for Joel’s suggestion. This is a really fine theological and soul-ish analysis of sin. There is a pastoral element to […]

A DaVinci Kind of Day

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Kris and I began the day in Louisville, Kentucky, at Springdale Community Church, where I spoke about The DaVinci Code (and the bad version of the book in the new movie). My talk went a full hour, but the audience […]

DaVinci Code: The Movie

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Kris and I went to the movie of the DaVinci Code tonight. I’m not a movie critic, nor do I understand all the stuff that movie critics think about, but the story plot was just OK for me. We both […]

Fiction or Non-Fiction?

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Kris and I are not big fans of fiction, even though I generally try to read a new piece of fiction every year. Last year I read Gilead and liked about 80% of it. I’ll try to read Saint Maybe […]

Vacation Reading

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Kris and I saved our shekels so we could go back to Italy, and in about two weeks we will be off to Milan. A day in Bellagio in the Lake Cuomo district; then a week in the Cinque Terra. […]

DaVinci Code at TLN

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Last night I was on a panel on a nationally-televised program with Total Living Network. Jerry Rose, the omnicompetent and tireless President, interviewed art historian, Doug Adams, and a near complete endorser of Dan Brown’s theory, Vincent Bridges. Included were […]

McLaren’s Secret 4

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“How do you get on the side of Jesus and his secret kingdom?” Or, what if a modern person wants to follow Jesus, “What do you do?” How do you move from “egotism, racism, consumerism, hedonism, and its associated –isms […]

McLaren’s Secret 3

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The 9th chp in Brian McLaren’s The Secret Message of Jesus concerns global mission. He properly sets the Christian mission in the Jewish context where there was no active mission. McLaren ties the global mission of Jesus to the blessing […]

McLaren’s Secret 2

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The second section of Brian McLaren’s The Secret Message of Jesus is called “Engagement” and Brian investigates the meaning of kingdom. Today we look at what he says about Jesus’ communicative style via parables, miracles, and exorcisms. While the book […]

TLN and DaVinci Code

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Wednesday night, 8pm CDT, I will be at TLN studio for a 1.5 hour live interview about The DaVinci Code. I’m not sure who will be in the studio, but I know they will also be talking to Josh McDowell, […]

McLaren’s Secret

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Brian McLaren’s new book, The Secret Message of Jesus, seems somehow to have escaped the sort of reviews that his other more recent books have — Generous Orthodoxy and The Last Word and the Word After That. I’d like to […]

Conspiracy comes to Willow Creek

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In the form of Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code. Tuesday afternoon, fast at work grading student papers and journals, I got a phone call from Garry Poole. Garry is a friend, a former student of mine at TEDS and now […]

How (Not) to Speak of God

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Peter Rollins has written what I predict will be a firestorm of a book — no one will agree with all of it, most will find challenging insights, and everyone will be brought to the table for a passionate discussion. […]

Echoes of N.T. Wright 3

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In N.T. Wright’s third section to his book Simply Christian, he deals with the following themes about the Christian life: worship, prayer, Bible, interpretation, believing/belonging, and new creation/starting now. It is a bit of a short manual on Christian living […]

Echoes of N.T. Wright 1

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N.T. Wright’s new book, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense, is Tom’s adventure into a new kind of apologetic — not by way of disproving but by way of expounding three dimensions of the Christian faith: the inner echoes of […]

JKA Smith on Postmodernism

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Jamie KA Smith has a new, readable, useful book on postmodernity called Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism?. I want to recommend as the best interface of evangelical concerns and traditional theology with postmodernism. It is not as saucy or philosophical as […]

Atonement: The Problem 6

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Here’s a thesis Mark Biddle, in his excellent new study on sin (Missing the Mark), defends in his last chapter: “Sin creates a real circumstance that lingers in the world until it comes to fruition — sometimes with the assistance […]

Mainline Renewal

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I’ve been reading Thomas C. Oden for a few years, and his newest book, Turning around the Mainline, continues his theme of renewal within the mainline denominations in the USA and Canada and the return to classical orthodoxy. Some highlights […]

Special Deal on Book

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Tomorrow morning, at 6:00am, Paraclete will announce at this site a special deal on my new book, Praying with the Church (the “candle book”). “Deal” as in “free.”

Candle Book

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If truth be told, many of us are not happy about our prayer life — its intensity, its duration, its stimulation, its discipline, its effectiveness — and the list could go on. There are statistics out there even about how […]

The Gospel of Judas 5

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Here is what Irenaeus says about The Gospel of Judas in his Against Heresies, 1.31.1:

The Gospel of Judas 4

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Scene 3 has all the sensational and new stuff about Judas, and I will briefly summarize what this Scene tells us.

The Gospel of Judas 3

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As I indicated in the first post, the best way to deal with the news about the Gospel of Judas is to read it, reflect on it, and then evaluate the claims being made. Today we look at the second […]

Forgiveness and the Face 6

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Early in chp 5 of The Faces of Forgiveness, LeRon Shults states this: “believers are called to face one another in a way that manifests grace as they are faced by the gracious face of God” (169). And he sees […]

The Gospel of Judas 2

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“The secret account of the revelation that Jesus spoke in conversation with Judas Iscariot…” — this is how The Gospel of Judas [GJ] begins. Jesus, GJ tells us, did great wonders and spoke about mysteries and was sometimes “appeared” to […]

Benedict: A Life worth Knowing

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Carmen Butcher, in her elegantly written little book on the life of St. Benedict, Man of Blessing, traces the life and beliefs of St. Benedict. Last summer Kris and I visited his birth church (in Nursia) and had a memorable […]

The Gospel of Judas 1

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CNN and a couple of publishers — HarperSanFrancisco and National Geographic — coordinated their efforts yesterday to inform us all of yet another newsworthy religious story: the true story of Judas. NG has published an official translation of The Gospel […]

Forgiveness and the Face 5

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LeRon Shults examines what salvation looks like after the “turn to relationality.” If life is inherently about relationships, what does salvation look like? If it is not about substance but about relationships, what about salvation? What happens to all our […]

Forgiveness and the Face 1

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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: […]

Kris and I are in

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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 […]

Ehrman and Misquoting Jesus

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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. […]

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