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N.T. Wright’s Fresh Perspective 7

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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.

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Christ Plays: Eucharist and Hospitality

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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.

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The Muslim Jesus 6

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Some more sayings from Khalidi’s collection of sayings and stories about Jesus that are not found in the Kor’an.

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N.T. Wright’s Fresh Perspective 6

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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. […]

N.T. Wright’s Fresh Perspective 5

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In chapter 5, “Rethinking God,” Wright works through the discussion of Paul’s monotheism. This is perhaps what H. Richard Niebuhr would have called radical monotheism, but no doubt with a much different twist. Summary by Allan Bevere

Christ Plays: Mark as History

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How important is history, real stuff on earth by real people with God empowering such stuff with salvific power, for Christian spirituality? This is at the heart of this part of Eugene Peterson’s em>Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. To […]

NT. Wright’s Fresh Perspective 4

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N.T. Wright’s Paul in Fresh Perspective is “fresh” because on top of the older “new” perspective is added a pervasive Pauline rhetoric against Rome. Wright paves his own path here, he charts a different casting of Paul’s theology and letters, […]

Christ Plays: Exodus

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Here’s a brisk and evocative claim: “Salvation is not a one-night stand. It cannot be isolated from the thick texture of history; it is all-encompassing, pulling everything that has happened and happens, and every person named and unnamed, into relationship […]

Christ Plays: Atonement and Moralism

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The second section of Peterson’s Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places deals with Christ playing in history (the first was on creation). And in this section he explores the significance of the atonement, Jesus’ death as an act in history, […]

Christ Plays: Wondering about Wonder

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Eugene Peterson, in his Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, pp. 119-129, sets out a second element of cultivating fear of the Lord in creation. The first was Sabbath, upon which I posted some time in December, and the second […]

Muslim Jesus 5

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Once again, we return to some more of Khalidi’s The Muslim Jesus, which sorts out the sayings and stories about Jesus from the Muslim tradition. The earliest traditions about Jesus in the so-called Muslim gospel is that Jesus was a […]

Gracious Christianity 9

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This marks the end of our series on Douglas Jacobsen’s and Rodney Sawatsky’s fine book, Gracious Christianity, and tomorrow I’ll resume looking at Peterson’s Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places — one day later than I hoped. Overall, Gracious Christianity […]

N.T. Wright’s Fresh Perspective 1

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Allan Bevere, a rare combination of pastor and professor, and I will now begin a series of looking at N.T. (Tom) Wright’s new book, Paul, In Fresh Perspective. We will do two chps per week, Monday and Thursday, if our […]

Let’s Read … Together

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I know about 1000 Christian leaders who were given free copies of Eugene Peterson’s Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, and I’m willing to resume our previous posts about the book. We began before Christmas, and it was a bit […]

Muslim Jesus 4

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Here is a parable (I will summarize it) about Jesus (not by him). It is not titled, but I’ll call it the Parable of the Repentant Bird (#21 in The Muslim Jesus):

Gracious Christianity 8

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Gracious Christianity follows many today by not making Scripture the prolegomena to a theology, this one a gracious theology, but letting it flow out of Spirit and Bible. I have many times said that I think the order is Christ/Spirit/Church […]

Muslim Jesus 3

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A few more sayings about Jesus in the Muslim tradition reveal once again how Jesus was appropriated for specific concerns as Islam developed. A politically quietist attitude on Jesus’ part can be seen in this saying: “Just as kings left […]

Gracious Christianity 7

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Any Christianity worthy of the name is gracious. Here’s an opening definition from Jacobsen/Sawatsky: “Being church is being Christian together” (89). What do you think of this definition?

Gracious Christianity 6

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Chp 5 of Gracious Christianity by Douglas Jacobsen and Ben Sawatsky is called “The Spirit and Life.” The reality and power of the Holy Spirit cuts like a knife through a Christian faith that transforms and a Christian faith that […]

Muslim Jesus 2

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In Tarif Khalidi’s new translation of the “Muslim gospel,” he provides 303 sayings and stories about Jesus in the Muslim tradition. I’m finding them fascinating. I’ll comment on a few to give us a taste of how Muslims appropriated Jesus […]

Muslim Jesus 1

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Tarif Khalidi, in his ground-breaking The Muslim Jesus: Sayings and Stories in Islamic Literature, introduces the “Muslim gospel” and then provides translation and brief commentary on 303 sayings/stories about Jesus in Muslim literature. It is just the sort of book […]

Gracious Christianity 5

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Chp 4 of Gracious Christianity deals with the “Fullness of Salvation.” The authors, Douglas Jacobsen and Ben Sawatsky, open with a grand vision of what salvation is, and they begin with Ephesians 1:3-23: salvation is God’s redemption of the entire […]

Gracious Christianity 4

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Chp 3 in Jacobsen and Sawatsky, Gracious Christianity, is about “hearing God’s voice.” God’s voice comes to us as summons, as a call. Here’s a great quotation: “God does not compete for our attention by trying to outyell everyone else” […]

Gracious Christianity 3

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The next chapter in Douglas Jacobsen and Rodney Sawatsky’s small study in theology, Gracious Christianity, turns next to “Human Nature.” The chp deals with Image of God (something dear to my heart), and then with a few topics around the […]

Ever hear the Irish Joke about…

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In the first class I ever taught I had a Scottish student named Peter Grant (God bless him). One day I told him that I grew up with a family friend, an Englishman, who, when he got stubborn, my parents […]

On Mormonism and its Growth

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Rodney Stark, noted sociologist of religion, has contended in a series of publications that Mormonism is well on its way to becoming a world religion. (Stark, The Rise of Mormonism, Columbia University Press.) Stark predicts their numbers will rival other […]

The First Ordained Black Woman

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I recently read Rebecca’s Revival by Jon F. Sensbach, a professor of history at the University of Florida. Rebecca Freundlich Protten was the first ordained black woman in Western Christianity (she was ordained in Europe). Born in Africa, enslaved in […]

On Memoirs and Autobiographies

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I don’t blog much on Saturdays and Sundays. But, I’ve been away and now it is all spilling out. So… here’s a bit to read on defining memoirs.

Fitch Responds

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David Fitch’s book, The Great Giveaway, as been featured and discussed in many ways on this blog for two weeks, and David has been a “good guy” in listening. Now he responds, and I think you can say this is […]

A Million Little Pieces and Frankfurt

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Well, I’ve had a chat with my literary critic with whom I had spoken about memoirs, and I wish to back down from my genre definition and say that, from what I understand of Frey’s memoir, he is too fancy-free […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 9

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Yesterday a blogger commented that Fitch got him to recall, in his chps 4-5, that IH Marshall had written an article back in 1985 that argued that the NT evidence does not suggest the Christians got together for “worship” (as […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 8

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The seventh chp in David Fitch’s The Great Giveaway concerns spiritual formation. The primary direction of the chp is to return counseling to the church and to get more church in the psychologist’s office. [Now he’s meddling with my wife’s […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 7

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So far David Fitch, in his provocative book, The Great Giveaway, has taken on the pillars of evangelical church life: success, evangelism, leadership, experience, and preaching. He will also address spiritual formation and moral education. But, I’m particularly happy he […]

The Story of the Christ

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Some of you may know that I wrote an introduction to a reader’s digest and friendly version of the four Gospels called The Story of the Christ. How would a 1st Century Roman reporter have described Jesus? The book could […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 6

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David Fitch’s The Great Giveaway turns in chp 5 to the “Preaching of the Word” and he sub-titles his chp “the myth of expository preaching.” What do you see as the primary function of preaching? To be an exposition of […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 5

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Chapter four of David Fitch’s The Great Giveaway takes on a troubled and troubling dimension of corporate worship: the production of experience. Because of Fitch’s personal study of the history of liturgy and worship, and because of his experimentation and […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 4

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We are in the third chapter of David Fitch’s provocative, if not accusatory, study called The Great Giveaway. This chapter deals with pastoral leadership and the thesis of this chapter is very simple, and it is one that should be […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 3

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The second chp in David Fitch’s book, The Great Giveaway, concerns how to evangelize in postmodernity, and for those of you who have read this blog or are conversant with the discussion about evangelism in the emerging movement, this chapter […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 2

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David Fitch, in his Great Giveaway, first studies how evangelicalism defines “success.” This is, in my estimation, a great place to start a book. Evangelicals, he contends, too often define success by numbers: attendance and baptisms. He contends this is […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 1

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David Fitch, in his new book, The Great Giveaway: Reclaiming the Mission of the Church from Big Business, Parachurch Organizations, Psychotherapy, Consumer Capitalism, and Other Modern Maladies (Baker, 2005), weighs in in a modern genre of literature: evangelicals vs. evangelicalism. […]

Review: I.R. Kitzberger’s Transformative Encounters

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The following is a review of Ingrid Rosa Kitzberger’s important book, Transformative Encounters, and was not published. It was written to be read at an SBL meeting, and then the session fell through and I was left with this review. […]

Walking the Sacred Way

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I’ve gone on record at not being a big fan of envisioning the Christian life through the spiritual disciplines, though I’m all for them. I just don’t think the way to approach the Christian life is through a means but […]

Witherington’s Problems with Evangelicalism

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Ben Witherington has recently published a useful, biblical analysis of three segments of Evangelicalism: Calvinism (which neither he nor I are), Dispensationalism (the same), and Wesleyanism (which he is, I’m not). The book is called The Problem with Evangelical Theology: […]

The Jesus of Q

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James M. Robinson is perhaps the leading scholar in the world on the hypothetical source of the canonical Gospels called “Q.” He’s also a leading voice in the Jesus Seminar, which Seminar is not hypothetical but is instead the source […]

A Christmas Carol

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Every Christmas I read Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol, and am in Stave 4 now. It is the story of a conversion from miserliness to generosity, from self-preoccupation to other-directedness. One assignment I give when I teach about conversion is […]

How about this for a book deal?

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Sorry, nothing to stir the pot today. I don’t know if you buy used books, but, like a microbrew, it’s a good habit to acquire. When I was a seminary student, my professor, Murray Harris, gave us all a list […]

Christ Plays (on Sabbath) 4

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This post summarizes Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, pp. 108-118. I’m hoping a short section, focused as it is on only one issue (Sabbath), might draw more into the conversation. Peterson contends to “play with Christ” in creation we […]

Christ Plays 3

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This post will summarize Eugene Peterson’s Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, chp. 1 pp. 85-108. This is a short section, but it is better than biting off too big of a chunk that extends to nearly 50 pages and […]

Books: Christmas Suggestions

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I thought I’d offer some book suggestions at the beginning of December for those of you who are wondering about books to buy someone (or yourself) for Christmas. Again, buy something for yourself for I have often bought myself a […]

Day with DaVinci

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I’ve been asked to be interviewed by Lee Strobel for a Zondervan response to the upcoming movie, The DaVinci Code (I really don’t know the name of the movie). Many of you know I’m not a fan of novels and […]

Christ Plays 1

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This post is the first in a series of a review of Eugene Peterson’s new book, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places: A Conversation in Spiritual Theology. There will be a gaggle of speakers in this series, including me (I’ll […]

When the body prays

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Doug Pagitt’s new book, Body Prayer: The Posture of Intimacy with God, just came out, I was sent a copy, and I wish to record some brief thoughts.

The Gospel acc. to John (Piper)

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My first encounter with John Piper was memorable. I now recall it was the first faculty retreat I was at Trinity, and we were for the day at a hotel in Mundelein. John Piper addressed the faculty on the trivialization […]

The Mentored Life 6

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Brad Bergfalk and I are both tiring with the prose of James Houston, and one of us thinks the book better than the other. But, here is our fifth part (on chp 6). Summary (Brad Bergfalk) After reviewing the meaning […]

Blue Like Plan B

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That’s an attempt at a clever title for a short post on Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz and Anne Lamott’s Plan B. I’ve read both recently and discovered that many of my students were either reading or had read Blue […]

The Mentored Life 5

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In this fifth installment on James Houston’s The Mentored Life we (Scot McKnight and Brad Bergfalk), we will look at his first “positive” chapter, chp 5: Mentored and Discipled Christian Living. Summary The chapter is largely a statement of Kierkegaard’s […]

The Mentored Life 4

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Summary (Brad Bergfalk) Houston moves from describing the “Heroic Mentor” and the “Stoic Mentor” to what he calls the “Secular Psychotherapeutic Mentor.” Houston asserts that the “therapeutic mentor” is the most pervasive of the three in American culture. The “therapeutic […]

Source of Spiritual Formation: Barna

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George Barna, in his new book Revolution, claims the primary source for the new generation’s spiritual formation is shifting away from the local congregation model to a more fragmented model. That is, we get what we need from the sources […]

Revolution? George Barna’s new theory

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Because I was hearing so much chat about Barna’s new book, Revolution, I thought I’d read it. Here’s the nub of the book: there is a revolution going on in the Church (big “c” not little “c”), and it concerns […]

Where God Happens

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Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and an author of many books about Christian spirituality, has recently published Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another, and I want to jot down a few notes about what I think is a […]

The Mentored Life 3

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Chapter 3 of James Houston’s The Mentored Life is opening up to me what this book is all about, and in this post Brad Bergfalk and I will interact with this chapter on Stoicism. The Mentored Life is about “world […]

Embracing Grace: Reviews

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I will provide links here to reviews, whether good or bad, and direct discussions of Embracing Grace, and I will update this post. Review by Jamie Arpin-Ricci.

The Mentored Life 2

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Summary of Chapter Two Houston begins his argument for a return to the “mentored life” by examining the “Heroic Myth of Odysseus.” In this myth, Houston suggests we see all the characteristics of individualism and narcissism that stand as obstacles […]

The Mentored Life 1

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This is a series of blogs, over a couple of weeks, about James Houston, The Mentored Life. It is being written by both of us, Scot McKnight (at North Park University) and Brad Bergfalk (pastor of Zion Covenant in Jamestown, […]

Freakonomics

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I have seen the title Freakonomics mentioned, haven’t looked at it all, but Fr. Rob Merola, of St. Matthew’s in Sterling Virginia, has pointed me to a link that is worth reading and discussing. It is by columnist named Orson […]

Jesus and His Death arrives

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I got my first copy of Jesus and His Death today from Baylor University Press. I thank its fine editorial folk, Carey Newman and Diane Smith, for their exceptional work. It is hard for me to compare editorial staffs, but […]

Jesus and His Death: First Review

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Rick Brannon, a bibliophile, has blogged the first brief review of Jesus and His Death. I posted it at my Jesus and His Death blog, and point you there.

The Church, Embracing Grace, and Racism 5

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There is a reason, perhaps less in importance but perhaps just as insidious, why Christian communities of faith need to stop in their tracks and post a new life-sign about the end of racism in the Church. That reason is […]

The Story of the Christ

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I have been asked to comment on the book with my name on it called The Story of the Christ. The book was commissioned in England with T&T Clark/Continuum, and recently picked up by Baker Books in the USA. Hence, […]

Franke’s Character of Theology 6

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This is our last post on Franke’s book, The Character of Theology. Here’s my overall assessment: The book exposes themes that penetrate deeply into the fabric of doing theology and deserves to be read, especially by students who have teachers […]

Franke’s Character of Theology 5

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This fifth installment of Franke’s Character of Theology deals with the second half of chapter 4: The Task of Theology. A brief on the second half of chp 4 Franke surveys how Scripture and tradition relate, and proposes three models […]

Franke’s Character of Theology 4

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John Franke deconstructed me yesterday in an e-mail. He said he likes my idea of “purple” theology, but he figured out why and it is related, so he thinks, to my bias: he suggests it is the color of the […]

Franke’s Character of Theology 3

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In this third post in a series on Franke’s understanding of what theology is, we will look at what he says about the nature of theology. (By the way, Baker puts too many words on a page.) Franke, many will […]

Franke’s Character of Theology 2

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Franke’s Character of Theology, which I began here, turns in the second chapter to the Subject of Theology. The book is written for seminary students and academics. A Brief of the second chapter In essence (no pun here), the Subject […]

Franke’s Character of Theology

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John Franke’s new book, The Character of Theology: An Introduction to Its Nature, Task, and Purpose, promises to be a study of theology that will enable (what I have elsewhere called) a purple theology. In other words, it is postconservative […]

Celebrity culture, writing, and the Church

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A recent meandering through the new biographies at Barnes & Noble confronted me one more time with a bald fact of our time: people want to read biographies with salacious details or biographies of celebrities who have achieved — well, […]

A Holy Journey, John Bunyan’s classic

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I have a study of John Bunyan’s classic, Pilgrim’s Progress, now online with Covenant Companion. You can see it here.

Pagitt on Preaching 1

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This is the first in a series of posts by Brad Boydston and me on Doug Pagitt’s new book, Preaching Re-imagined. We will be posting these on both Brad’s site and this site, so you can go to either to […]

Emergence and Scripture

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It is only 2005 and I am willing to stick my neck out and announce the best book on Scripture for the new century. Kevin Vanhoozer, The Drama of Doctrine, has captured the modern discussions about propositionalist, expressivist, and the […]

Kingdom Resource

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A good book for understanding a Kingdom perspective on “gospel,” is R.J. Sider, Good News and Good Works: A Theology for the Whole Gospel (Baker, 1993). Followed by Churches that Make a Difference.

Has Carson been fair?

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Check this post out on whether or not Carson has been fair to Frei and Lindbeck. Should make for a good discussion on Harbinger.

Conspiracy of Grace

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Just finished a book many of you probably have already read, Michael Yaconelli’s Messy Spirituality. Very much along the line of Yancey’s What’s So Amazing about Grace?, Yaconelli’s book is disarmingly honest and filled with stories that ring true about […]

Searching for the Place called “Over”?

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In thinking through what it means to be “missional,” and in reading some stuff about it, I came across John Burke’s No Perfect People Allowed and blogged about it already. But, a book that tells the story of what is […]

If Grace is True

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In their 2004 book, If Grace is True, Philip Gulley and James Mulholland make a case for universalism and this is their essential creedal contention: I believe — on the basis of their experiences;God — who is the gracious, loving […]

A Come-as-you-are Church

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Another “emerging” type book crossed my desk and I want to be an advocate for much of what he says. But first, a clarification: Emergent describes the offical organization of Emergent Village and now coordinated by Tony Jones. Emerging describes […]

Velvet Elvis

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Everyone will want to buy and read Rob Bell’s new book, which I think is to appear in a week or two. It is called Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith. Rob Bell is the kind of pastor I’m thankful […]

If you’ve never read…

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When I was first teaching in seminary, we brought in Robert Banks who spoke on a book he had just written, but he also spoke with me about a book called Going to Church in the First Century and if […]

Newbigin 2

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In a previous post on Lesslie Newbigin, I reflected on his now out of print book, Foolishness to the Greeks. In this blog I’d like to put together the powerful influences that converge in his updating of Foolishness in his […]

Reflections on Newbigin’s Proposal

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Lesslie Newbigin is a leading thinker in the Emergent conversation, and his Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture, which I finished last night, is a book still worth reading (published 1986). [The link will take you to […]

What Should Pastors Read?

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A couple of posts and a couple of e-mails separate from the blogsite lead me to make some suggestions on what pastors should read. I’ve been asked what I think pastors should read, but I make these suggestions with some […]

What Do Pastors Read?

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The recent Barna report, forwarded to me by my colleague, Ginny Olson, publishes its findings about books pastors are reading and who their favorite authors are. The question seems to be this: “What are the three books that had been […]

Final accountability

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The recent discussion about the rhetorical nature of language about heaven and hell leads me to reflect some on a classic, John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progess. Our BTS Dept at NPU is writing a monthly column in The Covenant Companion […]

McLaren: A Response to The Last Word and the Word After That

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McLaren’s The Last Word and the Word After That This is a slightly edited version of an earlier blog. In this blog I will interact with Brian McLaren’s helpful and provocative new book that seeks to deconstruct “hell” language as […]

Pilgrim’s Progress or The Last Word?

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I’m not quite done with McLaren’s The Last Word and the Word After That but I’ve come to a point where I want to put some of his book in perspective. Two observations tonight. First, a smaller one but one […]

Hell as (at times) the Historical

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If you’ve followed these blogs about hell, you’ll know that I got them going before I started reading The Last Word and the Word After That. And of the blogs I had planned had to do with the role historical […]

Hell as a Warrant among postmodernists

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When my editor friend suggested that I blog, I balked. Mostly because I didn’t know what it really was all about, but also because I never anticipated it would be this much fun. Maybe I’ll burn out with this and […]

Hoping Dark Thoughts are not the Last Word

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In yesterday’s very active blog about Dark Thoughts some commented on what they “hoped” while some others thought such “hopes” were unbiblical and misplaced. I offer here not so much what I believe and what I will eventually state in […]

Thinking about Dark Thoughts

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As a college student, and over in Belgium on a mission trip where I learned so much about the bigness of the Church, I was fortunate enough to be able to sit daily and listen to John R.W. Stott preach. […]

Dark Thoughts

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Kevin Corcoran, from Calvin, writes in Books and Culture on a topic that many of my students have recently asked me about: hell. The questions came up well before McLaren’s book, which I’ll be working my way through shortly. Corcoran […]

Pagitt, Solomon’s Porch and Emergent Ecclesiology

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I’m up here in Seattle, and Doug Pagitt’s heart-felt record of his church’s, Solomon’s Porch, work, called Reimagining Spiritual Formation, which for many Emergent folk is “old hat,” was a wondrous read and gave me many things to think about. […]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 8

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The final chapter of DA Carson’s book is a biblical meditation on Truth and Experience, and largely a gentle, but well-informed, commentary on 2 Peter 1. Here’s his opening line: “A good deal of the discussion of this book could […]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 7

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This chapter is easier to cover because of the nature of the chapter: Chapter 7 of DA Carson’s book tones down the rhetoric. DA Carson is a biblical theologian (shaped as he is by the Reformers and esp the Calvinistic […]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 6

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No one who reads Brian McLaren or who finds him to be a significant theologian can afford not to read the seventh chapter of DA Carson’s book. Here’s what I mean: if DA Carson is right, McLaren’s book is seriously […]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 5

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We now turn to chapter 5 of DA Carson’s book on the Emerging church. Patient listening is required, and that means patient sorting out of his argument and points, if we are to hear what is being said. I make […]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 4

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In this fourth part of discussing DA Carson’s new book on the Emergent movement, I will consider a chapter on “Personal Reflections on PM’s contribution and challenges” (PM=Postmodernism). He begins with Premodern epistemology (reducing the postmodernity to an epistemology, which […]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 3

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In this third installment of DA Carson’s important new book, Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church, we will briefly summarize and ask questions of his third chapter, a chapter on how well (or how well not) the Emergent leaders understand […]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 2

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I didn’t think I’d get to a second part until tomorrow, but I just got the book for review, so here we go. In this second installment we will look briefly at what DA Carson says positively about the Emergent […]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement

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As I told Andrew Jones in my blog at his site, I am a former colleague of DA Carson’s at TEDS; I had the office next to his for years; he is my friend; I consider him an expert; I […]

Hero Mama

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One of the more than 58,000 (count ‘em) names on the War Memorial to the Vietnam Veterans in Washington, D.C., is Barry Armstrong. We weren’t close, but we did play sandlot baseball together at the Little League field in Read […]

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Psalm 30 thanks God (vv. 1-3, 11-12) and exhorts others to thank God (vv. 4-5). Both emerge from the concrete reality of David's own experience. Here is what that experience looks like:Step one: David was set on high and was flourishing at the ...

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Theology After Darwin 1 (RJS)
One of the more important and more difficult pieces of the puzzle as we feel our way forward at the interface of science and faith is the theological implications of discoveries in modern science. A comment on my post Evolution in the Key of D: ...

posted 6:01:52am Aug. 31, 2010 | read full post »

Almost Christian 4
Who does well when it comes to passing on the faith to the youth? Studies show two groups do really well: conservative Protestants and Mormons; two groups that don't do well are mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics. Kenda Dean's ...

posted 12:01:53am Aug. 31, 2010 | read full post »

Let's Get Neanderthal!
The Cave Man Diet, or Paleo Diet, is getting attention. (Nothing is said about Culver's at all.) The big omission, I have to admit, is that those folks were hunters -- using spears or smacking some rabbit upside the conk or grabbing a fish or ...

posted 2:05:48pm Aug. 30, 2010 | read full post »

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