Hermeneutics

len on July 30th, 2014

Craig Bartholomew writes, “A phenomenology of place is attractive in its receptivity to the richness of creation as it presents itself to the mind, but the problem of abstraction as the key to true knowledge continues to overshadow such an approach. Indeed the great lesson from this history of the philosophy of place in the […]

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len on July 10th, 2014

Siegrist and Wiebe write, “Can the Coalition distinguish its articulation of the gospel from the work of Christ? The problem is the epistemological confusion that arises when we mistake our description of a thing for the thing itself. This is the same sort of confusion often propagated by invocations of “objective truth.” On one level, […]

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len on July 1st, 2014

The Missio Alliance blog hosts the video and transcript from a lecture at Morling College — Karina Kaminski. It seems in wider evangelical circles there are two discernible trends: a conservative reaction against what feels like hazy thinking and dissolving boundaries and definitions, leading to what feels like endless negotiation. Mars Hill Church would be […]

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len on May 27th, 2014

Geoff Holsclaw responds to Tim Challies, who ended a recent post criticizing the practice of Lectio Divina by saying, “This, then, is a danger in Lectio Divina, that it may teach us to approach the text subjectively rather than objectively.” “But what is the big deal about reading the text subjectively as opposed to objectively?” […]

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len on April 12th, 2014

Because it works at so many levels, film can have insidious power or extravagant grace. It offers a wonderful opportunity to bring experience, analysis, emotion, and action together. –Gordon Matties Some of my friends watch an amazing amount of film. And why not? Film, and story, has immense power to shape our imaginations, and by […]

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len on February 7th, 2014

At OnFaith they write about the simplistic (cliches?) we too often use that scare off our young adults. It’s an honest and helpful discussion, and I am going to load it up with my own reflections. What else is a blog for? “The Bible clearly says…” We are the first generation to grow up in […]

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len on February 4th, 2014

Scot McKnight cites a letter that summarizes some of the key issues raised by the resurgence in Calvinist thought. “After much restlessness, I just cannot accept a couple of these things as a reality… 1. A notion that the way God governs the world is by absolutely controlling every single thing… And yet, He is […]

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len on October 3rd, 2013

I’ve heard it before, maybe you have too. “Outside of Christ, the most forgiving and loving person is no closer to God than the most hateful, reactive one.” Of course, this is referenced to salvation, as in “salvation is a gift” and nothing we can do will earn us favor with God. If you are […]

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len on August 30th, 2013

“I view creativity in general and the creative arts in particular as a kind of ‘mid-wife to spirituality.’ Spirituality is essentially a matter of our being born into God; creativity as a Divine gift is essentially a matter of allowing God to be born into us and through us into the world.” Howard Martin Last […]

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len on August 5th, 2013

Teresa writes, “Sometimes you just need a simple, practical way to explore your choices. For that, we turn to our Methodist friends. 18th century preacher and theologian John Wesley—founder of Methodism—believed we needed to take four factors into consideration when navigating choices in the Christian life: scripture, tradition, reason and experience. The Wesleyan Quadrilateral is […]

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