Kingdom Conspiracy– Part Eight

BEN: I just finished Chapter 9, which I enjoyed and I think agreed with almost without exception. Obviously kingdom is about human redemption, and it has been that way since the time of Jesus. There is a necessary spiritual and social dimension to it. But of course during the ministry of Jesus, there was not yet a church, not yet a community of the gathered followers of Jesus, so back then healing, exorcism etc. did not happen in the locus of the church. Now I am content if all you are … [Read more...]

Kingdom Conspiracy– Part Seven

BEN:Scot I really loved this chapter, and wished it had been longer. I especially enjoyed the interaction with Barth, and the stories at the end about Ms. Powers and Carl Henry. Powerful stuff. And I think you've made a strong case that kingdom mission has to be Christological in its core and focus etc. Who am I to disagree with that? But I would say that just as there are many dimensions to the Christology of the NT and what it affirms about Christ, so there are many dimensions to the … [Read more...]

Kingdom Conspiracy— Part Six

BEN: Maybe we should go back to square one. The term basileia like the term malkuta which Jesus would have used has a range of meaning, obviously. The English translation 'kingdom' is not helpful because in normal plain English it connotes a place, not a people, but a place as in the Magic Kingdom, or the United Kingdom, or the Hashemite Kingdom, which can be located on a map. I much prefer the translation dominion, because at least in English, like in Greek and Aramaic it can have either … [Read more...]

Kingdom Conspiracy— Part Five

BEN: So what this really boils down to for you, is that: 1) you are convinced it is wrong to parse things so kingdom is one thing and church is entirely another (and I agree), and 2) you want kingdom mission to be church based and specifically Christian,and whatever is not an outworking of that is not kingdom mission. 3) you're insisting that kingdom is people, not just an activity or for that matter a place. I would say that kingdom involves people necessarily, its about the redemption of … [Read more...]

Kingdom Conspiracy– Part Four

BEN: I think I've begun to nail down both our similarities and differences on kingdom, church, and Israel. If we are just talking kingdom and church, I think we mostly agree. But the term Israel, especially in Rom. 9-11 absolutely does not refer to the church. It refers to Jews, period. Yes, the new Gentile people of God are grafted into the Christian Jewish root. This involves Gentiles being added to the Jewish Christian root seen as the righteous remnant, people such as Paul not Jews … [Read more...]

Finding Jesus: Fact, Faith, or Forgery

A new series begins on CNN on March 1 which involves me in five of the six episodes. Here is the first trailer for the show at this link (cut and paste it into your browser to view).http://edition.cnn.com/videos/tv/2015/02/03/cnn-original-series---finding-jesus-faith-fact-forgery-03-01-15.cnn-promosBW3 … [Read more...]

Kingdom Conspiracy– Part Three

BEN: I enjoyed the clarity of the chapter on Kingdom and Church. I don't agree that ekklesia simply refers to the local church. Even in Gal. 1 when Paul says he persecuted 'the ekklesia of God' he is referring to multiple local assemblies in Judaea and also in Damascus, for example. In fact I would say that the term 'ekklesia' only becomes a reference to a specific local assembly when you have appended the phrase 'in Corinth' or 'in Ephesus' etc. Ekklesia is not inherently local. I was a … [Read more...]

Kingdom Conspiracy: Part Two

N.B. Scot and I often have chats about things and in the next few posts we are going to dialogue about things in his book for the sake of clarification and understanding.BEN: Scot I think there is a good deal of overlap in our views, though they are not identical. I'm right there with you on the notion that the place one finds Kingdom is where ever two or more are gathered, because of course that is where God's saving reign and activity is most in evidence. I also agree with your notion … [Read more...]

The Dean of College Coaches Steps onto a Higher Court

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfMeb7bhyXsIt was with great sadness I learned today of the passing of one of my heroes--- Dean Smith. He had been struggling with Alzheimer's for sometime, and passed away just yesterday. I knew him as many things. In 1967 I was privileged as a junior high basketball player to attend his camp. My special teachers at the camp were Charlie Scott, the first black person to play basketball at any ACC school, and Eddie Fogler, later a great head coach in his own … [Read more...]