July 27, 2005

Played golf this morning, so am just getting to the blog.The big difference one notices in entering into the early churches is this: kingdom language is largely dropped and ecclesia (church) language is picked up. There all kinds of issues here, not the least of which is that as the Church trotted into its first decade the community became convinced of its “sectarian” status rather than a ruling status and this accounts for some, not all, of its switching of… Read more

July 27, 2005

Check this post out on whether or not Carson has been fair to Frei and Lindbeck. Should make for a good discussion on Harbinger. Read more

July 26, 2005

Just finished a book many of you probably have already read, Michael Yaconelli’s Messy Spirituality. Very much along the line of Yancey’s What’s So Amazing about Grace?, Yaconelli’s book is disarmingly honest and filled with stories that ring true about the presence of grace.Here’s a central theme in a quotation:Spirituality isn’t about being finished and perfect; spirituality is about trusting God in our unfinishedness.Chesterton fans will notice the occasional flourishing paradox that reminds them of Chesterton. What all will notice… Read more

July 26, 2005

Today’s text is Matthew 11:2-6. John the Baptist, in prison, gets disciples of his to find Jesus and ask Jesus if he is “the one who is to come” or not.(Note: “the one who is to come” is from Malachi 3–4, and it is possible that Jesus actually says “no, I’m not that one who is to come. I’m someone else; you can find me in Isaiah, John.”)Jesus answers John’s query. What is very important here is this: Jesus is,… Read more

July 26, 2005

Today’s text is Matthew 11:2-6. John the Baptist, in prison, gets disciples of his to find Jesus and ask Jesus if he is “the one who is to come” or not.(Note: “the one who is to come” is from Malachi 3–4, and it is possible that Jesus actually says “no, I’m not that one who is to come. I’m someone else; you can find me in Isaiah, John.”)Jesus answers John’s query. What is very important here is this: Jesus is,… Read more

July 26, 2005

As if blogging on Kingdom of God as society is not enough, Books and Culture brings to us today a nice study on what we really know about how influential Evangelicalism is on the Bush Doctrine. Whether you agree or not, this piece is worth looking through. And this piece by Stephen Carter from Christianity Today is also worth reading. Read more

July 25, 2005

In thinking through what it means to be “missional,” and in reading some stuff about it, I came across John Burke’s No Perfect People Allowed and blogged about it already.But, a book that tells the story of what is often called the liminal is a good read for many of us. Liminal refers to those who are “in between” — in this case orthodox faith and not really sure where they are, or those who are “in the middle” of… Read more

July 25, 2005

Kingdom of God is the central vision of Jesus, and today we want to look at the Beatitudes in Luke 6:20-26. It is tempting to expand such a consideration, and look at all of the Sermon on the Mount/Plain. I’ll leave that to you.In the Beatitudes of Luke (Matthew’s differ slightly, and we’ll avoid noting all those differences), Jesus says this: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.21 “Blessed are you who are hungry… Read more

July 24, 2005

What did Jesus mean by “kingdom of God,” and what did he have in mind — in real world living — when he packed his vision into this expression?A good place to start is with Luke 4:16-30. I’ll cite here the pertinent verses.When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was… Read more

July 23, 2005

My son and his wife have a little Cairn terrier, named Slater (after the surfer), and that makes us, so they say, “grandparents of a grand-dog.” His favorite activity is to look out windows and give people and animals grief for invading his own territory. Our Bichon Frise finds him mildly entertaining. Lukas and Annika are hanging out at minor league ballparks in Florida, so Slater is with us now. He had to slow down to my sedate lifestyle of… Read more

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