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A look at Walter Brueggemann on biblical authority

From the outset I would like to add a personal note about Walter Brueggemann’s background. Brueggemann indicates that Psalm 119:105 is his life text: “Your word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Interestingly, it was handed down to him at his confirmation from his father, who taught him “the artistry as well as the authority of scripture”. What a beautiful legacy for a father to leave his son.

A love letter? The Bible and C.S. Lewis

As I reflect on the place Scripture has had in my life and in
the communities of faith I’ve been involved in, I come up
with a wide spectrum of practices. I think back to my ordination
exam and a phrase I used that grabbed one of the men sitting on
the review board. I said: “I believe God’s Word is
His love letter to the human race.” Some years later I
still hold that to be a valid and telling statement of my view of
Scripture. I think it has a significant bearing on what the place
of Scripture should be in our communities of faith today.

Strange but true: the irrelevance of Scripture for the church today

A living language never stands still, and translators and rewriters of the Bible are always running to keep up with the latest shifts and mutations in the vernacular. We are highly conscious of the gulf that exists between these ancient religious texts and contemporary western culture, and instinctively we feel the need to reduce that gulf by repeatedly updating the Word of God so that it speaks more clearly to people today.

Is Christianity a mandate for stupidity and ignorance?

It is by emphasising the very humanity of God, as Being and Act of God, on our behalf, which can only re-direct, radically, questions of our being and action (ie. practical matters), away from ourselves onto the very ground of Christ himself. Questions of human response to God then become revised along the lines of Christ’s human response to God, on our behalf. This is in an effort to re-appreciate the context in which knowledge of Christ occurs, which could be described as ‘breaking-into’ the circle of God’s knowledge of himself.

Communicating the Gospel

This bit comes out of some thinking that I’ve been doing in relation to understanding how to encounter religious others with the gospel. I thought it might be interesting to hear from some of you on this topic.

Dialogue is not a new method for communicating with religious others. The modern use is often associated with the World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church. Their respective meetings at New Delhi in 1961 and Second Vatican Council from 1962-1965 set the tone for interfaith dialogue. However, according to David Hesselgrave, as a result “witness and dialogue have been combined in such a way as to make world evangelization by ecumenists unlikely if not impossible.”

Bishop abolishes heaven and the soul

I’m sorry if I’m banging on too much about Tom Wright at the moment – but I thought it worth drawing attention to an article in The Times today: Durham’s new Bishop abolishes Heaven and the soul. The bishopric of Durham has a longstanding association with theological controversy (most notoriously David Jenkins) but it makes a change for someone described as ‘the country’s leading evangelical theologian’ to put the cat among the traditionalist pigeons.

Christian Origins and the Question of God

A lot of people are interested in the work of NT Wright at the moment, but the prospect of wading through multiple volumes of dense theological argument will deter many from coming to grips with his thinking. Yes, there are a number of more accessible works available (Who was Jesus?, New Tasks for a Renewed Church, The Meaning of Jesus with Marcus Borg, The Challenge of Jesus), but if you want to get the bigger picture, you’ll have to get to grips with his major scholarly work. Far be it from me to suggest that you shouldn’t buy the books and just start reading - but you may find this progressive synopsis of Wright’s exhaustive investigation of ‘Christian Origins and the Question of God’ helpful.

Are we just blowing smoke?

I’m a newbie on the site. I apologize in advance for any liberties I take in this or any other posting I make.

With that said, I’ll be honest in proclaiming that the whole “emerging church” issue is somewhat of a moot point. In truth, there is nothing new under the sun as far as the church goes (even a Christian Internet forum like this is just a more instantaneous version of letters that would have been shuttled from place to place.) All this talk of models, techniques, community, and such are a smokescreen for the one thing lacking in most American Churches and the lives of people who show up in them weekly: a real presence of the Spirit of God.

A world without heroes: a brief and humble attempt at theodicy

Imagine if you called for help and no one came.

Imagine further that no one even knew what you meant when you asked for “help”, that when you said the word “compassion” all you got was a blank stare or when you said “justice” people just scratched their heads.

Reply to a 'general caution'

I want to reply to an important comment that was added to the article ‘Outline of an emerging theology’. Unfortunately, the comment was posted anonymously, but it offers a word of caution that I think needs to be both listened to (I fully appreciate the spirit in which it was given) and responded to.

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