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Final thoughts on Brian Walsh and Sylvia Keesmaat’s study, Colossians Remixed.

We now close off Colossians Remixed with the final section in Walsh and Keesmaat’s book.

The second to last section in Colossians Remixed concerns the story of Jesus as a story of suffering — and this, they suggest, provides a foundation for the Colossian Christians to understand their own suffering.

From the fictional story of Nympha’s trial to a justification of the theology behind that story, Walsh and Keesmaat now turn in Colossians Remixed.

Nympha is on trial, an imaginary trial, as Walsh and Keesmaat dramatically close off their book: Colossians Remixed. She’s been confronted with the “image” of God poem of Colossians 1:15-20, which the magistrates think is subversion of Caesar.

We come now to the closing chapter of Walsh and Keesmaat’s Colossians Remixed. The last chp is about a “suffering ethic” and it concerns the imaginary trial of Nympha.

What about women?, so asks Nympha in Walsh and Keesmaat’s imaginary dialogue in the church at Colosse (in Colossians Remixed).

The following comment opens up chp 11 in Walsh and Keesmaat, Colossians Remixed, and it’s a good one.

Let’s get practical — so say Walsh and Keesmaat in Colossians Remixed.

How then is the postmodern dilemma resolved ethically? If there is anxious paralysis or nihilism or simply the resolution in personal experience, is there any way to render moral judgment when one suspects something is wrong? Walsh and Keesmaat, in …Read More