More on the Son of Man

Here’s a recent post by Larry Hurtado on the Son of Man material in the NT. “The Son of Man”: An Obsolete Phantom by larryhurtado In recent comments, some have pointed to scholars who have posited that when Jesus used the expression “the son of man” he was referring to some other, future figure, not himself. This is a view that once was quite widely shared, and so will be found frequently in older commentaries and studies, and may still… Read more

A Life-Giving Tar Heel Mascot– the Story of Jason Ray

Here is a story that has not merely moved many people, but has saved various lives. Jason Ray was the Tar Heel mascot Rameses (wearing the ram costume) who was tragically killed in a car accident ten years ago. The story tells you how vital becoming an organ donor really is. Read more

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A Biography of Barth— a Shocking Postscript

Q. We have recently learned, through the publication of some deeply personal letters (and their analysis in a recent issue of Theology Today) between Karl Barth and Charlotte von Kirschbaum that his relationship with her was not as previously advertised, and certainly not a purely ‘working’ relationship, but rather a menage a trois of sorts. Should this change the way we view his theology? Does this invalidate the integrity of his theological work? If it does change things, how does… Read more

A Biography of Barth— Part Fourteen

Q. Your book does a great deal to humanize Barth in good ways, and to show us his pastoral and personal sides. One wonders how God evaluates his life in comparison to his Dogmatics which were mostly his life work? One wonders whether we tend to exalt the thoughts of a person without adequately seeing them in the context of all of who he was? And yet on the other hand, if we are to interpret a person at their… Read more

A Biography of Barth— Part Thirteen

Q. When we talk about God’s Word exegeting us, even while we are exegeting it, what would Barth, or evangelicals really mean by this? Merely that the Bible can change our thinking? Or the Bible can shape us morally and ethically in terms of our behavior? A. Both/and. We come to Scripture to find out, not what we think of it, but what it thinks of us. And once we find out it thinks we’re sinner in need of God… Read more

A Biography of Barth— Part Twelve

Q. It is interesting that Barth was indebted to Anselm’s ‘fides quarens intellectum’ approach to Christian theology. And then there is his insistence that we can know nothing of God unless God reveals himself to us. Anselm would agree, but would add that God didn’t just reveal himself in his Word, though that is paramount, particularly if you mean by Word the living Word=Christ. God also revealed himself in creation, though in the end that revelation doesn’t save or transform… Read more

A Biography of Barth– Part Eleven

Q. Barth sees the role of Christians as simply witnesses to God’s revelation and God’s work. Sometimes he doesn’t seem to have much of a concept of our being God’s hands and feet to get things accomplished, and sometimes his own actions belie his bold statements about God must do everything and we can only point to his doing it. What do you make of this part of his dialectic? A. What he is calling for, I believe, is humility… Read more

A Biography of Barth– Part Ten

Q. Talk to us about the relationship between Bonhoeffer, who saw Barth as something of a mentor, and Barth? If you read the works of both men, they seem very different persons, and to some degree with different theologies too. Bonhoeffer seems more Lutheran for one thing, or non-Reformed, to put it another way, though they certainly were both Biblocentric and Christocentric in their thought. A. Bonhoeffer was Lutheran, yes, no question. I have read a great deal of Bonhoeffer,… Read more

A Biography of Barth— Part Nine

Q. In the wake of Charlottesville and the neo-Nazi, white supremacist, KKK rallies (with chants of blood and soil, not to mention anti-Semitic slogans), it seems there are some lessons to be learned from what happened in Germany in the early 30s with the rise of a dictator who wanted to eliminate all opposition and disseminate propaganda to counter ‘fake news’ which in fact was not fake at all. Barth admitted he was late to see the danger of the… Read more

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