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Monthly Archives: February 2009

The Politics of Pornography and Christianity

A recent article in the Journal of Economic Perspectives made some interesting observations about the rate of porn usage among groups in America. According to this study anyway, porn use is the highest among conservatives and particularly strong among conservative Christians. Utah also happens to have the highest rate of porn usage in the country. […]

Money’s Power

I have had a rather interesting experience the last few months, and one which will continue at least through the month of March. That experience is one of having barely more than enough money to cover all my obligatory expenses. There have been plenty of stretches of time where I’ve had, really, plenty of extra […]

Thank You, Mark Driscoll

Less than one year ago I wrote my most popular post of all time. The post that asks the age-old question, “Who can Mark Driscoll Worship?” It sits at 134 comments (which a couple months ago I finally felt I had to close–all horses must be pronounced dead eventually) and nearly 10,000 views. In some […]

The Church as Apocalyptic Event, Baptism, Eucharist, and Discipleship

Continuing this series of responses to Steve Long‘s queries about “filling out” some of the details of what conceiving of the church as apocalyptic might mean, here is his third question: Would [an understanding of the church as apocalyptic event] acknowledge the necessity of the relation between baptism (and thus a commitment to a life […]

Canonical Theism: 30 Theses

This list of theses is authored by William Abraham, the main fellow behind recent publications that are proffering the label “Canonical Theism” as a sort of ecumenical and ecclesial movement that endeavors to appropriate the theological heritage of the church in a particular way. Specifically this movement centers on re-envisioning the very idea of “canon”, […]

The Church as Apocalyptic Event and Common Confession

Having already touched on the previous question of how conceiving of the church as apocalyptic informs our understanding of church discipline, here is my response to Steve Long‘s second question regarding the issue of the church’s common confession: Does the Church as apocalyptic event recognize the need for a common confession such that anyone who […]

The Praxis of Togetherness

In his seminal book, Jesus and Community, Gerhard Lohfink offers a list of passages from the New Testament Epistles centering on the statements and commandments regarding “one another” (allelon). The sheer volume of such admonitions (paraklesis) is quite striking in considering the ecclesiology of the New Testament. Lohfink appropriately dubbs this theme “the praxis of […]

The Church as Polis? Some Biblical Reflections

One of the big debates to emerge from the torrent of blog discussions about Nate Kerr’s book, Christ, History and Apocalyptic is the issue of whether or not the church is rightly described as a polis, as Hauerwas (and sometimes Yoder) tends to describe it. This of course, is to ask the question of what […]

The Church as Apocalyptic Event and Church Discipline

In the latest installment of the Church and Postmodern Culture symposium on Nate Kerr’s book, Christ, History and Apocalyptic D. Stephen Long has posed some interesting questions about what conceiving the church as an “apocalyptic event” means in regard to some distinct questions about ecumenical ecclesiology and the church’s practice of mission and discipleship. I […]

(In)stability and Mission

One of the most significant and contentions elements of many contemporary ecclesial movements is the practice of stability. Among ecclesial communities that are proliferating in the West today there is a strong emphasis on rejecting the sort of transience and career-driven mobility that has become ubiquitous in our culture. However, to many ears this sort […]

The Bible and Meat: Sweet, Delicious Meat.

It is often claimed these days by Christians with a vegetarian bent that, in the scope of the biblical narrative, meat-eating occurs because of the Fall, and, as such should not be practiced by Christians who are called to live as a foretaste of the new creation. This is completely and utterly wrong and I’ll […]

The Ethics of Witness

In his Free in Obedience, William Stringfellow takes up an absolutely vital point regarding the nature of Christian political ethics, what he terms “the ethic of witness”. The ethics of witness “means that the essential and consistent task of Christians is to expose the transience of death’s power in the world.” Herein lies the fundamental […]

Theological Commentary: 1 John 1:5-10

“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all.” Following the introductory declaration, the elder gets straight to the point of the treatise: God. At the center of everything in First John is the reality of God and […]

Stringfellow on the Resurrection

“Christ’s resurrection is for men and for the whole of creation, including the principalities of this world. Through the encounters between Christ and the principalities and between Christ and death, the power of death is exhausted. The reign of death and, within that, the pretensions sovereignty over history of the principalities is brought to an […]

The Scripture Project: Nine Theses

In The Art of Reading Scripture, Ellen Davis and Richard Hays bring together a superb collection of scholars who offer some great essays on the theological interpretation of Scripture. The book is the result of the studies of a group known as “The Scripture Project” and includes nine theses on the interpretation of Scripture: Scripture […]

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