Hermeneutics

len on December 14th, 2016

A friend of mine has begun to attend a small new church plant, led by a young man who has been ordained through an independent and charismatic revivalist network. This young man, and a few other speakers that have visited the church plant, have talked about God’s divine judgment upon individuals who are not in […]

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len on October 12th, 2016

I’ve been into this title by Michael J. Gorman – a really excellent, lucid treatment of the book of Revelation. I’ll be spending four Sundays attempting to make Revelation relevant. The challenge when working through this book, one that Luther thought should not have been included in the Canon, is that it has such a […]

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len on November 4th, 2015

“The problem I have with the complementarian reference to the Trinity in regard to gender is that it is a bad theological move to attempt—by anyone, on any side of this issue. Any strong parallels between the inner life of the Trinity and human relationships just aren’t there. For one obvious thing, the Trinity is/are […]

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len on March 26th, 2015

The dominant view of atonement for the first 300 years of the Church was Christus Victor. Jesus death and resurrection made him Lord, and established him as sole victor over the forces of death and destruction. Jesus death was a ransom paid to the devil. The Penal Substitution view was there in Scripture, but for […]

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len on December 7th, 2014

I do not know if you feel the throbbing of the land in your chest … you may not feel the spiritual anguish as I see the earth ravaged… but you can no longer escape my fate as the soil turns barren and the rivers poison. (Grand Chief John Kelly, 1977) The Comeback, 2014, 220 […]

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len on December 5th, 2014

John Ralston Saul argues in “The Comeback” that Canada’s government is colonial and Eurocentric — racist, actually. But the majority of Canada’s people are not. I wish this was less obvious. Saul also argues that this experiment in pluralism and cooperation we call Canada would never have been possible without the generosity and humility in […]

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len on November 20th, 2014

Sedmak writes, “There is a growing awareness that theology is not an instant product that we take from the shelf and put some (local) water in it in order to have an enjoyable drink. Theology is a specifically local adventure if it wants to be relevant for a particular culture. As Michael Amaladoss says ‘The […]

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len on October 30th, 2014

Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice.” Every believer — every person who has the Holy Spirit — hears from the Lord. But it doesn’t take very long on the journey before you discover that some have greater bandwidth! It literally feels like a mechanical issue – like its encoded in DNA, with no reference […]

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len on October 9th, 2014

A thick description of a human behavior is one that explains not just the behavior, but its context as well, such that the behavior becomes meaningful to an outsider. The term was used by the anthropologist Clifford Geertz in his The Interpretation of Cultures (1973) to describe his own method of doing ethnography (Geertz 1973:5-6, […]

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len on September 13th, 2014

All theology is local. It’s just that it’s taken us a while to admit it. But of course that’s just a starting point, and it drives us toward the need for an actual practice of the interpretive community. Have you read any of these books? How did they differ? Which was the most helpful? Where […]

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