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Monthly Archives: October 2008

What Should I Blog About?

In thinking towards what I want to set my blogging sites on for the next year, I thought I’d let my readers weigh in and see what they are most interested in seeming my write about. This of course does not mean I’m giving up the decision to you all! Just that I value your […]

What Is Theological Greatness?

I don’t know how many things I’ve posted or seen elsewhere asking people who they think the “greatest” theologian is, was, or will be. There are all manner of ways of evaluating theologians, classifying them according to different measures of greatness, importance, or influence. Perhaps some of this begs an important question though: What exactly […]

Paradoxical Victory

“The church is sent into the world to challenge the false pretensions of the prince of the world, not in any power or wisdom or greatness of its own. It is sent in the power of his consecration. Its victory is the paradoxical victory of the cross. It is sent ‘bearing about in the body […]

The Path of the Church in Our Time

In America today political posturing and fear-mongering is everywhere on all sides of the constructed liberal–conservative spectrum. There is angst everywhere about the direction of Western civilization and how to “save” it, especially among Christians. John Howard Yoder has the right message for all such forms of jumpy edginess about the state of Western culture: […]

Theology and Power

In his article, “Ethics and Eschatology,” John Howard Yoder makes some helpful observations about the nature of power and weakness in theological perspective. In particular he seeks to break down the common opposition of “power” and “powerlessness.” He notes that “It is not false when people who call themselves ‘realists,’ from Machiavelli to Klausewitz to […]

Theological Confessions Revisited

Way back when, Ben Myers posted a meme, about getting theologically “out of the closet” by confessing their idiosyncratic and/or slightly impolite theological beliefs. Here’s the thing about “theological confessions”: they tend to change pretty substantially the more one reads and studies. Or at least mine do. Its not as though fundamental convictions tend to […]

One Theologian on Deserted Island

If you could pick the writings of one theologian to have with you on a deserted island, who would it be and why? You can have everything they’ve ever written, but only one person. Me? Probably Barth. Or Yoder. But probably Barth.

Nonconformity and Transcendence

“The church can be a foretaste of the peace for which the world was made. It is the function of minority communities to remember and to create utopian visions. There is no hope for society without an awareness of transcendence. Transcendence is kept alive not on the grounds of logical proof to the effect that […]

Should Jews Become Christians?

In light of some of the recent discussions of supercessionism, I want to probe one key question that I think pertains to the possibilities and scope of a non-supercessionist Christian theology. This question is whether or not Jews should continue to become Christians, or more accurately, be exhorted to themselves become followers of the Messiah. […]

Barth’s Church Dogmatics: New Edition

Barth enthusiasts are all excited about the forthcoming new edition of the Church Dogmatics. Currently it is available at a 55% discount from Eisenbraums, a deal that is not likely to be beat anytime soon. Here is the publisher’s description of the new set: Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics is one of the major theological works […]

Time and Love

“Time is the revealer of love through its manifoldness, through its slow unfurling of millions of possibilities. Time is the fully unfolded intensity of love, since within Time love can take on the meaning of a story, of a process. Even in a purely formal sense — quite apart from whatever happens within it — […]

Jesus the New Temple

One of the most interesting features of the gospel of John is its particularly anti-Temple posturing (note Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple at the beginning of the gospel rather than near the end). Moreover, John’s gospel stands out particularly  in the way in which it presents Jesus as the New Temple/Tabernacle. In the gospel of […]

Church and Israel — Christianity and Judaism

Lately the question of the relation between Israel and the Church and Christianity and Judaism has been raised. What I think is crucial in such discussions is that we not equivocate on the terms employed. What is the relationship between the religion of “Christianity” and the theological reality of “Church”? Or the religion of “Judaism” […]

George Will on Episcopalianism

“The Episcopal Church once was America’s upper crust at prayer. Today it is ‘progressive’ politics cloaked — very thinly — in piety. Episcopalians’ discontents tell a cautionary tale for political as well as religious associations. As the church’s doctrines have become more elastic, the church has contracted. It celebrates an ‘inclusiveness’ that includes fewer and […]

Christology and Cultural Transformation

“To know that the Lamb who was slain was worthy to receive power not only enables his disciples to face martyrdom when they must; it also encourages them to go about their daily crafts and trades, to do their duties as parents and neighbors, without be driven to despair by cosmic doubt. Even before the […]

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