Theology

len on June 5th, 2017

Why are there so many fewer imaginative resources dedicated to the feast of Pentecost as opposed to Christmas and Easter? My guess is that its partly that our cultural context (primarily commercial) supports the latter two, and so the church finds it simpler to engage them in response. I also wonder if Pentecost has been […]

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len on April 14th, 2017

“If heaven and earth are already joined in the ascension, with part of “earth” — the human body of Jesus — now fully and thoroughly at home in “heaven,” then they are joined again in the opposite direction, as it were, in Acts 2, when the powerful wind of the divine Spirit comes upon the […]

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len on March 6th, 2017

“The synoptic gospels present the Last Supper as a “new Temple” moment… Like all Passover meals, it was not just a signpost, but a means, through the sharing of food and wine, of partaking in the event about to be accomplished. When Jesus wanted to explain to his followers the meaning of his death, he […]

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len on December 13th, 2016

Linda Cannell’s article closes Part IV of Life in the Spirit (IVP, 2010) with, “Theology, Spiritual Formation and Theological Education.” Her essay has some interesting connections to the arguments James Smith makes in Desiring the Kingdom, esp his closing chapter, “A Christian University is for Lovers.” (Or more recently his boiled down version “We Are […]

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len on November 11th, 2016

Leeman, Jonathan. Political Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ’s Rule. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2016. 403 pp. “What is the local church? What exactly is going on when a seemingly unimpressive group of people gather week by week to worship the risen Christ through prayer, song, preaching, and the ordinances of baptism and […]

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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 October 11th, 2016

In the incarnation and resurrection of Jesus “the whole created order is taken up into the fate of this particular representative man at this particular moment of history, on whose one fate turns the redemption of all” (RMO 15). The resurrection is “[t]he sign that God has stood by his created order” (15). So there […]

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len on October 7th, 2016

It’s survival in the city When you live from day to day City streets don’t have much pity When you’re down, that’s where you’ll stay… The Eagles The classic Eagles song tells one side of the story. William Cronon notes that for many of us cities have “represented all that [is] most unnatural about human […]

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len on October 6th, 2016

Stephen Garner and Heidi Campbell have published this book, released by Baker in September. As connective technologies and new media are now ubiquitous, we have need to reflect on the way we use these tools, and the way they shape us. It’s that double edged knife so common to technologies, that there is this dialogical […]

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len on September 30th, 2016

The single book I brought with me to England I read mostly on the long flights – but it was worth the read! Published by Eerdmans in 2001. The Scope of Our Art: The Vocation of the Theological Teacher. Something for everyone in here, with application much wider than only academics. Anyone who teaches from […]

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