Archives for November 2013

Not “Christ” but “Messiah”: NT Wright on Translating Christos

“The purpose for which the covenant God had called Israel had been accomplished, Paul believed, through Jesus. The entire ‘theology of election’ we have examined in the preceding pages is not set aside. It is brought into fresh focus, rethought, reimagined and reworked around Jesus himself, and particularly around his death, resurrection and enthronement. Christology, [Read More…]

What do we (not) know?

Anthony Bradley’s essay at Acton is worth your reading. His case is that one Joy Allmond speaks about Christianity, even evangelical Christianity, in NYC as if the resurgence of folks like Timothy Keller is the whole story. We need to learn what we know and what we don’t know and then learn quickly that what [Read More…]

Jesus Begins on an Angular Note

I’m thinking about the Beatitudes of Jesus, those “blessed are…” statements.” What are they about? What’s the point? What’s their rhetorical impact at the very beginning of this sermon? Why begin with some “in” and “out” statements?  What did they sound like in a Jewish context? I draw here from my Sermon on the Mount. [Read More…]

Prayer for Christ the King Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and [Read More…]

Soft Difference

From Missio Alliance, a conversation starter. What do you think of “soft” difference? In an article called Soft Difference: Theological Reflections on the Relation Between Church and Culture in 1 Peter, Volf takes a look at the persecuted Christian community in the first letter to Peter and notes that the Christians at that time certainly would [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 23 November 2013

Biggest running back in history? (Yes, 6-4, 400 lbs.) On the basis of research, here are ten things you can do for your own happiness. Shauna Niequist speaks about what she learned from her mother (Lynn Hybels). Ann Voskamp on the meaning of romantic — as boring: The real romantics imagine greying and sagging and [Read More…]

50 Years Ago: C.S. Lewis

Two of the most influential voices in evangelicalism were not evangelicals themselves, though they have been claimed for evangelicalism and many younger thinkers can’t imagine their not being evangelicals. Those two are Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an orthodox Lutheran, and C.S. Lewis, an Anglican with the sensibility of a “mere” kind of Christianity. In their day neither [Read More…]

8 Facts about Evolution

From iO9: Homo sapiens evolved about 200-150,000 years ago in Africa, but our story as a species stretches back much further than that with early human ancestors. And the evolution ofHomo sapiens is itself a tangled tale, full of unanswered questions and gothic family melodrama. Here are a few facts you may not know about the human [Read More…]

Messy Bible, Clean Lives (by John Frye)

Readers of the Bible discover very soon that the Bible is a messy book. Chocked full of stories—some familiar and others quite odd, and poetry about all kinds of subjects: speech, sex, enemies, searing pain and God, and enigmatic apocalyptic images with fire-breathing dragons and tattoos on the thigh of Son of God, the Bible [Read More…]

#Godtalk (by Lauren Anders)

From Lauren Anders: #evangelism At the end of September, Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake acted in a sketch where they used hashtags in an ordinary conversation. If you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s hilarious. And relevant to this post. And did I mention that it’s hilarious? (Note: There’s one swear at the end that [Read More…]