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Category Archives: Pneumatology

Kingdom ecumenism

We are well accustomed to think of ecumenism in terms of how different denominations, communions, and systems of ecclesial organization and unity seek to come together in common. Ecumenism, as we have learned to understand and contribute to it involves churches (though the very name “church” is itself contested in the struggle) who are separated […]

Holiness and ecclesiology

Harink emphasizes the point that the church’s holiness is decidedly not rooted in its own desire or effort to be “different” from the nations. Rather the church is holy only through the distinct action of the Holy Spirit. The church does not express its holiness by its moral effort, but rather by the Spirit’s own […]

Revisiting the body of Christ

In light of this week’s focus on the body of Christ, I should point readers to a couple posts I did almost three years ago where I took up some of these questions. I would definitely modulate and revise some of the language I tended towards at the time, when I was drawn to speak […]

The organic body?

The notion of the body of Christ seems to point towards and organic connection between Christ and the members of the church as constituting some sort of monopersonal identity. The notion of a body and its members seems to imply such a relation of organic oneness. However, this is not necessarily the case, and Paul’s […]

Against a Pneumatology of the Gaps

Most of the church throughout the world has just finished the celebration of the day of Pentecost (Assuming, of course that we all did celebrate Pentecost — for those of you that observed Mother’s Day instead, please remember that your salvation is in doubt.)  In light of this celebration, and throughout my congregations’ liturgy, feast, and […]

“Be Filled with the Holy Spirit…”

Aside from pentecostal and charismatic Christians, I think that most of us don’t really know what is meant when we hear the Scriptures talking about being “full of the Spirit”, let alone know how to respond to exhortations to “be filled with the Spirit” (e.g. Eph. 5:18).  Of course, for charismatic types, the meaning of being […]

Radical Creedalism: Embodying Nicene Faith

In light of some of the recent discussions that have been happening lately, both on the issues of Christology and the logos asarkos and my other recent posts on ecclesiology and ecumenism, I have been driven back, again and again to the Nicene Creed.  Both of these discussions have led me to think afresh of […]

Radical Trinitarianism §3.1: The Gospel & the Promise

Christian theology is theology forged in the realm of the Gospel. The service of the gospel is the point of theology. Thus, if the context and end of theology is found in the reality of the gospel and the shape it takes in the world, what then must theology be? Most, if not all Christian […]

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