Amidst all the talk of planting churches in highly secular cities of the west, my colleague Tim Foster has written a commendable volume on the strategies needed to engage a post-Christian culture. Although speaking primarily from and into the Aussie context, the volume will have immediate relevance for North America, the UK, and Europe too. Foster shows that the Christian message is frequently domesticated to fit with the values of an aspirational middle class and has not effectively engaged other groups nor tackled the big questions that cultural elites are raising.
Here’s the blurb:
For far too long, evangelicals have proclaimed a gospel loaded with the cultural baggage of suburbia: personal security, individual salvation and an other-worldly focus. Is this message really a set of timeless truths with universal application? Or have we injected Jesus’ message with our own values? The Suburban Captivity of the Church calls us to venture beyond the picket fence and engage with the cultural narratives around us, to see how God’s big story meets them with both challenge and hope. Whether we are reaching a new culture, or trying to bring the gospel to our own in a more biblically faithful way, this book will equip us for the task.
Here at Ridley College we have an awesome on-line theology program for lay people called The Ridley Certificate. This multi-media program is a great way for you, your family, or your home group to do a six week course on topics like 1 Corinthians, Gospel and Life, Understanding Your Bible, Ministry Skills, Psalms and now, my own module on Knowing God. Fun stuff on theological method, the Trinity, revelation, creation, and the nature of God.You can learn more about the module and watch a thr … [Read More...]
Very interesting article by Czech religious professor Tomas Halik at ABC Religion and Ethics on Europe after Secularization: What Future Has Christianity on the Continent.Halik writes: When religion made a global comeback on the political stage over the last three decades, many were shocked. Religion appeared to them like Samson, once blinded and chained, a laughing stock, shorn of all its strength, and yet here it stood, revived, a frenzied titan threatening the pillars of our houses and … [Read More...]
In responding to a critic of his first edition of The Epistle to the Romans, Karl Barth offers a reflection on the relative importance of simplicity in his preface to the second edition (1921). One critic dismissed Barth's first edition of the commentary with the line "Simplicity is the mark of … [Read More...]
Melanie C. Ross Evangelical versus Liturgical: Defying a Dichotomy Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014. Available at Amazon.comReview by Dr. Rhys Bezzant (Ridley College)This book defies more than a dichotomy. It also defies the odds, as it ably brings together competencies in systematic … [Read More...]
Andrew T. Lincoln Born of a Virgin: Reconceiving Jesus in the Bible, Tradition, and Theology London: SPCK, 2013. Available at Amazon.comThis book is an attempt to show that one can still maintain a high christology of the incarnation without believing in a literal virgin conception of … [Read More...]
Okay, does everyone remember the Bibliotheca project where a guy raised something like 1.5 million dollars to produce an ASV in four volumes with no chapter or verse numbers? I have to confess that it struck me as a trendy Bible for hipsters with too much disposable income and I wasn't impressed by … [Read More...]
I just heard the news about the passing of German Theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg. You can read a German news report posted by Jim West here. Fred Sanders has a great write up on the significance of Pannenberg here. His volume Jesus - God and Man is one of the best treatments on Christology in the 20 … [Read More...]
I've had the benefit of being able to check out Doug Moo's course on Romans in Logos Mobile Ed. I have to say that its a very good module which will meet a variety of needs.In sum, its quite a neat set up with over 90 short 5-8 minute videos divided into six units including:1. Introduction … [Read More...]
See below and amazing Dutch documentary about the ministry of Tim Keller.HT: TGC outreach. … [Read More...]
I was delighted to hear on FB that Douglas Green will be joining Queensland Theological College (Brisbane, Australia) in late 2015 as Senior Lecturer in Old Testament.The QTC principal is Gary Millar. QTC already have a great faculty and it is located in a wonderful part of Brisbane adjacent to t … [Read More...]
In Australia, Vegemite is a popular spread for sandwiches and toast! See this video of American kids eating it.When I teach courses at US colleges, this is what I'll be making students eat as a punishment for not doing their assigned readings! Yes, I am that evil. Moowohaha! … [Read More...]
Over at Marginalia, T. Michael Law has put together a great team of folks including Adele Reinhartz, Steven Mason, Daniel Schwartz, Annette Yoshiko Reed, Joan Taylor, Malcolm Lowe, Jonathan Klawans, Ruth Sheridan, and James Crossley to chime in on the debate about how best to translate Ioudaios. … [Read More...]
I'm hoping that you all know about Tyndale House which is probably one of the best research centers for biblical studies in the world.Well, the team at TH (Dirk Jongkind, Peter Head, and Peter Williams) are producing the Tyndale House Edition of the Greek New Testament.You can read about it … [Read More...]