November 7, 2005

I’ve spent my academic life teaching the Sermon on the Mount in one way or another. Most of those who read the Sermon the Mount (=SoM) see it as the Ethics (or Morals) of Jesus or they classify it as the Discipleship teachings of Jesus. Since redemption and discipleship are often seen as two distinct dimensions to our Christian existence, the SoM becomes the second thing taught and not the first thing taught. Jesus is not obligated to go along… Read more

November 7, 2005

There never has been a time, to my knowledge, when the Church has been really good at being genuinely boundaryless and borderless and unprejudiced. The mandate of the Apostle Paul in Galatians 3:28 — that in Christ there should be neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, and neither male nor female — has never really become customary for the Church. There are other borders, too, that are just as impenetrable — theological ones and cultural ones and political… Read more

November 6, 2005

Our Sunday morning service at Mercer Island Covenant Church was eventful. It was All Saints’ Day and Pastor Greg Asimakoupolos wrote a wonderful Litany about All Saints in preparation for the eucharist. And the highlight for both Kris and me was the slide show of the saints from that church who had passed this year. There were plenty of oohs and ahs when some saw their friends on the screen. We have never seen this happen, so let me suggest… Read more

November 6, 2005

Paraclete Press and Mercer Island Covenant Church combined to orchestrate a wonderful day for Kris and me in launching Embracing Grace. It rained like an English winter, but we had about 40 people. A nice light lunch, plenty of good coffee, and lots of chat. I’m one who is constantly amazed by the work pastors have to do and what they seem to accomplish with all the demands on their time, so to see so many there means a lot…. Read more

November 5, 2005

First, and foremost, a blogger put me on to this site: Kari and Aaron are going through very difficult times. The whole story can be found here. We need to pray for them. And for Kyle Lake’s family and loved ones: see Brian McLaren’s tribute. |inline Read more

November 4, 2005

On Monday I will offer a challenge to the Emerging Movement, a challenge that will also be for all Christians. Also, I will begin a series on the Summons to the Kingdom we call the Sermon on the Mount. We are now planning a “mega-blog” series with some pastors on Eugene Peterson’s Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. And I am now thinking toward a series on homosexuality. Read more

November 4, 2005

Kris and I are in Seattle this weekend for the launch of Embracing Grace: A gospel for all of us. We had never been here until last Spring, and loved it so much, we wanted a day to wander around when we scheduled the launch here. I should say “slosh around in the rain.” The humor about how much it rains here, and all the banter back by the natives that it only rains when others are visiting, is probably… Read more

November 4, 2005

I am a friend of Wayne Grudem (and Stan Gundry), but I find the recent radio interview in which Wayne Grudem sallied forth against the TNIV to be indiscriminately unfair and would like to throw my hat in with Stan Gundry’s response. See this link. (I apologize to Stan for slipping on this, for when I posted this at 2am my time, I had “Bob” Gundry, Stan’s brother. Sorry.) In my previous posts on translation theory (see categories), I discussed… Read more

November 3, 2005

The first three promised posts on the Emerging Movement, on Praxis, Protest, and Postmodernity, evoke a final post on the positives. There has been some justifiable criticism of the Emerging Movement for its constant criticism, though I think from the beginning the criticism has been matched (and sometimes outdone by) creative resolutions. So, today I want to focus on what the Emerging Movement is for. Let me count the ways. |inline Read more

November 3, 2005

Brad Bergfalk and I are both tiring with the prose of James Houston, and one of us thinks the book better than the other. But, here is our fifth part (on chp 6). Summary (Brad Bergfalk) After reviewing the meaning of personhood in the three false categories of mentoring (heroic, stoic, and therapeutic), Houston embarks on a discussion of the meaning of personhood in the context of Christian discipleship. The problem that one encounters when speaking about “the Christian person”… Read more

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