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Monthly Archives: June 2009

Why Modernity is Not a Christian Heresy

In the comments of the last post, someone brought up the question of whether or not a good way to describe modernity is as a “Christian heresy.” I don’t think this is a good way to describe modernity. The notion of modernity as heresy is just too easy. It places “Christianity” safely insulated from the […]

Why Modernity is Not the Problem

I’m completely and utterly tired of massive Christian critiques of “modernity.” Its not that I don’t think there something useful to learn from many of these, its just that they tend to go way off the rails. We often hear statements like “modernity is a dead end and the only way forward is the recovery […]

Nothing for you today…

But if you live in Portland, you should head down to 5th and Oak downtown and get yourself one of these awesome schnitzelwiches: There is way more chicken (or pork) than this picture shows though. Amazing, amazing sandwiches.

Early Christianity and Social Reality

Again from Kaye’s superb book on conflict in the church: We observe in early Christianity that existing social connections and priorities are in a state of flux and are being changed. The absolute claims  of Jesus’s lordship cut across existing patterns for social and personal order. The immediate result is to introduce new patterns of […]

Love, Conflict, and Church Order

Ran across a quote I found interesting in a book I’m proofreading the other day on Paul’s correspondence in 1 Corinthians about church order: Paul does not settle a question of disorder or division with a form of order or an organizational structure. Rather he underlines the diversity of contribution by naming it as a […]

The Bible, Church, and Politics

“The Bible does not speak into the civil order without being read by a believing community. It is not only a story about a community . . . it is read in a community which owns it as their shared story. “That story is about a people, a civil reordering in their very existence, not […]

Evangelicals and Empire

For those who are interested, I’ve just had my review of Bruce Benson and Peter Heltzel’s new book, Evangelicals and Empire published in The Other Journal. The book is a fascinating engagement with the empire theory of Hardt and Negri from the standpoint of evangelicalism. The book looks both at how Hardt and Negri’s theory […]

Mere Yoder

John Howard Yoder continues to become more and more of an influence on me, both materially and methodologically in regard to both theology and ethics. Of course, many, many folks have never read or even heard of Yoder. This is to be expected, given his Mennonite context. If you’re not a Mennonite or lack much […]

Scripture in Midstream

“The way Scripture works to order and to re-order is not that Scripture lays from scratch a foundation on which we then build with integrity. It is not that—according to either the Puritan vision or the Catholic one—the Bible provides a changeless charter. It is rather the case that Scriptures are appealed to as a […]

I suppose so

H/T: David

Lordship as Servanthood

“That lordship is servanthood, that he who empties himself unto death is elevated to the right hand of the Father, is not a gnostic redemption cult historicized, it is the career of JHWH’s Servant doxologized. It constitutes within real human history a concrete (civil!) alternative both to the world-dominating claims of Cyrus (or Caesar) and […]

Final Day

Real posts return tomorrow with a flurry of reflections on stuff I’m reading in Barth and Yoder. In the meantime, enjoy a nice smoked chicken if you have the equipment, time, and inclination.

Another Day Off

Still taking it easy. Last night enjoyed my first-made Corpse Reviver. Definitely lives up to the name.

Day Off

Real posts coming soon. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow. But soon. In the meantime, enjoy a Bourbon Renewal. It’ll change your life.

The Authority of the Canon

“The classic debate between orthodox Protestantism and Tridentine Catholicism led us astray at this point. The Protestants seemed to be claiming that the authority of the Scriptures depends upon the unique miracle of inspiration (some even said “inscripturation”) whereby they came into being, which gives them timeless status above the church. That argument was circular […]

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