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Monthly Archives: April 2007

Is "The Body of Christ" a Metaphor?

Here I just want to pose a question that I’ve reflected on for a while. In many textbooks on ecclesiology, or constructive theological ecclesiologies it’s common to organize the material in a “trinitarian” way under the rubrics of three biblical “metaphors” for the Church, namely the church as the people of God, the body of […]

A Treasury of Theological Humor

Now, I’m sure much of this has been posted before throughout the theoblogosphere, but nevertheless I think it’s worth drawing our attention to some of the theological funnies out there. First, of all a site that has given me great amusement since college is known as The Brick Testament. Here we get to see countless […]

Balthasar: Some Online Resources

I just recently came across the website of Joel Garver, a professor of philosophy at LaSalle University. He has a number of his own writings posted, including a wonderful and sucinct sketch of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s life and theology. For any who want to understand this giant in contemporary theology, but find themselves daunted […]

Against Being Born Again: Wiliam Abraham

The language of new birth has been gradually cut loose from its natural setting in the neighborhood of the coming new age of God. It thus lost its connections with the convert’s needs to see himself or herself as an agent of the kingdom of God, called by a new birth to participate in the […]

A Greater Courage

I’d like to formally welcome my friend, and regular browser of my bookstore, Derrick Peterson to the theoblogosphere. Derrick is an avid reader of Wolfhart Pannenberg and knows his thought better than anyone else I know personally. I think we can all look forward to some excellent discussions on his new blog, A Greater Courage. […]

Unspun & other Miscellanies

As many other theo-bloggers have announced, Amazon’s new site, Unspun is quite an entertaining way to make lists of various and sundry things. The top theology blogs list is quite fascinating, and I’m surprised that I made it well into the top ten, sitting at number 5 right now (though, the bottom half of the […]

Toward a Theology of Evangelism

Well, I am back. Actually, I’ve been back in the great and wonderful land of Oregon since last Saturday, but couldn’t resist extending my blogging seista a bit longer. But now I am truly back. The question that’s been recently on my mind is that of evangelism. This is currently a topic that my congregation […]

Douglas Knight on Church and World

Here’s an excellent quote from one of the books I’m reading while on the road. I’ll definitely be posting more on this fascinating book by Douglas Knight, which I think is one of the best pieces of constructive theology from last year. Look for a full review soon. Of the church and the world, which […]

Book-Buying Hiatus

No, I’m not taking a hiatus from book buying. Rather, I’m on a de facto hiatus from posting because I’m buying books across the country for the next week and a half or so. As some of you know, in addition to working in publishing, I also work for a used theological bookstore which is […]

Judas & Jeremiah: A Holy Saturday Homily

Holy Saturday is perhaps the most vivid symbol of what it means to live between the already and the not yet. On Holy Saturday the horrors of the crucifixion (which unbeknownst to the disciples were actually the glories of God’s self giving) are past and the glories of the resurrection are still lying ahead in […]

The Body of Christ: A Maundy Thursday Homily

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night in which he was betrayed took bread, and after had given thanks he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, […]

Between Cross & Resurrection: A Review

This is a modifed version of a review that I wrote on Amazon some time ago. As we are now entering Holy Week, I thought it was a fitting time for such a post. Let me just lay my cards on the table and say up front that Between Cross and Resurrection, remains one of […]

Worst Theological Problem Meme

Ok, I’m going to see if I can get something started here that might be interesting. We all certainly have our favorite theologians, with whom we identify and on whom we draw for our theology. Now, of course none of us want to be uncritical readers, so we admit that our fav has “some” problems, […]

Ontology, Difference, and Narrative

In some recent discussions, both in the blogosphere and in my church, the question of essentialism and its key problems for Chrisian theology have recently been brought to the forefront of my thoughts. Now, just to be clear, when I refer to essentialism, I’m referring of the philosophical idea that there is a set of […]

Holy Saturday: What Kind of Harrowing?

This weekend, I was at my church’s covenant retreat when all members of the church go away together to celebrates the Lord’s covenant with us, and our commitment to one another as members of Christ’s body. And, as we do every year each of us was given the name of a sister of brother to […]

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