Salvation by Hospitality Alone?

Matthew Bates’s awesome book Salvation by Allegiance Alone pressed into the solas of Reformation theology by suggesting that “faith” connotes “allegiance” as well, though all the Reformation offered us is present in his term “allegiance.” Now comes Joshua Jipp, Saved by Faith and Hospitality. This is the year of evangelicalism’s challenge to sola fide, not because “faith” is wrong but because “faith” has been reduced and the dynamic at work in God’s redemptive grace in us has become inert: Faith that doesn’t work… Read more

Does it Matter? (RJS)

Does the first century Jewish context matter when we read and interpret the New Testament? This is an important question, and far more subtle than it may originally appear. Most conservative Christians will agree that our understanding of the parables of Jesus is improved when we consider the first century context of the original audience. The picture to the right is from a hill in Galilee. You can just see the lake to the left.  I have found that my… Read more

The Trinity: Not from the Bible Alone

In spite of the claim of many, the doctrine of the Trinity — so Kevin Giles, in The Rise and Fall of the Complementarian Doctrine of the Trinity — cannot be derived simply from the Bible, and this he contends is why the complementarian theologians who formed their own Trinity theology got into troubles. It’s the issue of how one does theology. When Christian Smith wrote The Bible Made Impossible it seemed to me then, and even more now, that he could have focused… Read more

Why Did Jesus Demand “Perfection”?

One of Jesus’ most famous sayings was “Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Read more

Almighty God, You Have Given Your Only Son

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. BCP Read more

It’s not about History — Well, Yes it is! The Wrong Kind.

The argument is that it is not about history. Well, yes, it is. It’s about sordid, depraved history that does not deserve to be memorialized in public but hidden in the dark recesses of a museum. Instead of tearing them down lawlessly as we did Saddam Hussein’s statues, they deserve to be dismantled with liturgy, memory, repentance, and public dedications to reconciliation, peace, and justice. Source During his infamous press conference this Tuesday, as he vehemently defended his claim that… Read more

Weekly Meanderings, 19 August 2017

Give Kris a High-Five for the links in Weekly Meanderings! Tim Booth: SEATTLE (AP) — Nearly two years ago, Amanda Hopkins’ phone rang. It was a call she dreamt of receiving, one that broke barriers and made her a part of baseball history. Almost immediately, her competitiveness took over. “She put a sign up on her bedroom door saying, ‘Stay out, we’re opponents,’” recalled her father, Ron Hopkins, a special assistant to the general manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates. “In… Read more

Discovering our Invisibility

Race tension is intractable in the USA, but that does mean there isn’t hope — for there is. The place to begin is in the church, and it is in the church that we have the opportunity to embody a multiracial body of Christ and “experiment” with a radical kind of living — not by accommodating or tolerating but by loving and celebrating diversity in a unity in Christ. You may well know Paul’s  famous verse … In Christ there… Read more

Preaching Cheating

Yesterday I received a letter from a reader asking about plagiarizing sermons, and the writer made it clear when the subject came up many in the room thought it was not only acceptable but there were no moral issues at work. The issue is not professional ethics or intellectual property. The issue, the reader said to me, was about “authentic spirituality.” My response follows, but here’s the big one: What do you think of using the sermons of others? (Without attribution.)… Read more

The Parable that Strikes Back

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