Celebrating Advent with a Young Family

Our family just finished week two of Advent and begin week three today. It is surprising how fast the Season goes by when you are marking the weeks by candles. These first two weeks are something of a blur. After celebrating a second week of Advent with my young family I offer these reflections. First, [Read More…]

The Practices of the Church 2 “Breaking Bread Together”

John Howard Yoder in his little book Body Politics: Five Practices of the Christian Community Before a Watching World addresses the Eucharist as another practice of the church. His contention is that the central element and meaning of the Eucharist has been buried under a mound of ritualistic and superstitious religious notions “borrowed from other [Read More…]

Gospel Narrative to Gospel Theology

The narrative shape of a Gospel reveals the theology of the Gospel. As the semester finishes up in my Gospel of John course, students have completed the major project for the  called the “Synthesis of John”. Basically the synthesis assignment requires students to think about the meaning of every episode in John’s Gospel and then [Read More…]

Celebrating Advent with a Young Family

We began the Advent devotions this week. The highlights of having an Advent devotion with four-year olds are numerous. First, the church new what it was doing with the candles. My children are enamored with the lighting and blowing out of the candle. Against my wife’s better judgment, I have one of the children help [Read More…]

Practices of the Church 1: “Binding and Loosing”

In John Howard Yoder’s Body Politics: Five Practices of the Christian Community before the Watching World (Herald Press, 1992), the first practice he describes he calls “Binding and Loosing”- taken the phrase from Matt 18:18: Whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven” The particular practice that Yoder has in mind is the practice [Read More…]

In preparation for Advent

Advent begins this Sunday, Nov 27th. I’ve never celebrated Advent, so this is a first for me. A few weeks back I asked for help in finding family devotions for the Advent season. I had a good number of helpful suggestions; thanks to all who chimed in. I have just completed reading Robert Webber’s chapter [Read More…]

My Praise for Longenecker’s Remember the Poor

A couple weeks ago, Michael wrote a brief post noting the new book by Bruce Longenecker called Remember the Poor: Paul, Poverty and the Greco-Roman World. I picked a copy up at SBL and began reading it with great interest. This topic is important to me and very timely given the discussions being had on [Read More…]

What is the Mission of the Church?, A Review

The post is the full review of  What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert. [Read more…]