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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Bit of Barth

“Love does not question; it gives an answer. Love does not think; it knows. Love does not hesitate; it acts. Love does not fall into raptures; it is ready to undertake responsibilities. Love puts behind it all the Ifs and Buts, all the conditions, reservations, obscurities and uncertainties that may arise between a man and […]

The Morality of Freedom

“The gospel’s specific morality is a matter of opened opportunities, of what we may reasonably do that otherwise would have been foolish. The normal morality is a matter of imposed constraints, of what we must do, that otherwise we would have liked to not do. Given Christianity’s record of legalisms, it is hard to credit […]

Love is Fucking Stupid

First Corinthians 13 is one of the most famous of oft-quoted scriptures in existence. How often have all of us found ourselves at a wedding in which the folks getting married may not even be Christians in any sense in which this Scripture is movingly quoted? It’s everywhere. First Corinthians 13 is ubiquitous. Arguably, the […]

JPII on the Paschal Mystery

“The events of Good Friday and, even before that, in prayer in Gethsemane, introduce a fundamental change into the whole course of the revelation of love and mercy in the messianic mission of Christ. The one who ‘went about doing good and healing’ and ‘curing every sickness and disease’ now Himself seems to merit the […]

Church Order as Superabundance

J.C. Hoekendijk makes some interesting comments about the nature of church office and order. For Hoekendijk it is absolutely central that church order not be understood as constitutive of the church. Rather, the only thing that is constitutive of the church is the office of Christ, made present by the Spirit, manifest in mutual agape. […]

The First Time Habeas Corpus Was Suspended

For all those who have an overly-romanticized portrait of Abraham Lincoln, this is rather interesting. You may remember the massive outrage about the Military Commissions Act a couple years back that stripped alleged enemy combatants of their right to trial. Turns out its not the first time its happened in the U.S. In 1861, on […]

Do We Need a Theory of the State?

Pope John Paul II, in his encyclical Centesimus annus, makes the following observation: Pope Leo XIII was aware of the need for a sound theory of the State in order to ensure the normal development of man’s spiritual and temporal activities, both of which are indispensable. For this reason, in one passage of Rerum novarum […]

Conservatism and Sex

Yesterday I pondered John Milbank’s drift towards conservatism. What seems clear about it is that the main point of emphasis in Milbank’s conservatism is sex. The issues that he is coming out on that seem to betray a drift towards the right are all issues of marriage and sexuality. Interestingly enough, the same trend is […]

Compassion, Homosexuality, and Platitudes

A USA Today opinion piece on Christianity and homosexuality strikes me as rather boring–and a little annoying. The author is a young Southern Baptist who writes about faith and culture and appears to be into Christian environmental advocacy. What we have here is a plea for evangelical Christians to stop being ridiculously homophobic and love […]

What Gives with Milbank?

Ok, Milbank obviously rejoices in being esoteric. Like all the time. But, there seems to be a serious about-face that has taken place in his thought regarding sexuality. Consider this recent article on Milbank’s current theological-political work: He urged the movement’s followers to “grasp the hands of labour unions, feminists, gay and lesbian activists”, and […]

Three Arguments against the Kindle

From Micah White at Adbusters: Argument one: The Kindle destroys the trace of the author. After the death of the individual author, books continue to live. They carry the trace of the authors life and thoughts on the page and show this trace through the physical existence of the book. If you hunt for books […]

Bit of Bonhoeffer

“The Word of God seeks out community in order to accept it. It exists mainly within the community. It moves on its own into the community. It has an inherent impulse toward community. It is wrong to assume that one the one hand there is a word, or a truth, and on the other hand […]

Exploring Ecclesiology

Anyone who frequents this blog knows how much talk and thought goes into questions of ecclesiology around here. Well, for those with an eye toward such topics, there is an important new book out from Brazos Press, Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical Ecumenical Introduction by Brad Harper and Paul Louis Metzger. The books is a distinctly […]

Featured Posts

Thanks to my snappy new theme, I’ve added a new feature that will, hopefully, help me to highlight important posts. From now on in the sidebar there will always now be a list of “featured posts.” This category will serve to help me accentuate the stuff that I think is actually a bit more important […]

Excellence in Theological Commentary

Phil has posted a good quote from Brevard Childs on what makes for a good commentary: Does the commentator do justice to the coercion of the biblical text, or does the author’s private agenda overshadow the text itself? Does the creative imagination of the commentator lead the reader back to the biblical text or away […]

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