len on July 25th, 2014

During the time scholars were first recovering the notion of principalities and powers, James S. Stewart suggested in a path-breaking article still relevant today that something but vital had been lost in Christian anthropology by the reduction of the concept to mere apocalyptic imagination. Stewart claimed first of all that the sense of a cosmic […]

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len on July 23rd, 2014

“In this thoughtful and interesting work, Leonard explores the importance of place, locality and presence to the Christian faith. In an age when we see the rise of the network to the demise of geographic location contemporary expressions of the neighborhood can feel like co-habilitating strangers. This book creatively explores the place of Christianity to […]

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len on July 22nd, 2014

Who had heard of “missional” church prior to 1998 (the publication by the GOCN)? Now “missional” is everywhere. What really changed? Sometimes we need new language in order to see. The language of “place” recovers a lost imagination, one obscured in the legacy of Modernity where we traded “place” for “space,” the concrete for the […]

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len on July 17th, 2014

“For in these three is all our life: Nature, Mercy, Grace: whereof we have meekness and mildness; patience and pity; and hating of sin and of wickedness,—for it belongeth properly to virtue to hate sin and wickedness. And thus is Jesus our Very Mother in Nature [by virtue] of our first making; and He is […]

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len on July 13th, 2014

IVP has released this book- subtitle “Global Awakenings in Theology and Praxis” – new this month. A wide and diverse group of contributors – diverse in location and in perspective. In an interview with the editors IVP editor David Congdon asks: “How would you characterize the ‘evangelical’ nature of this project? What positive resources do […]

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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 June 18th, 2014

First issue of a new journal — Theopoetics The main index of the first issue follows: Liberating Language: Rubem Alves, Theopoetics, and the Democratization of God-Talk Jeffery S. Hocking At Cave Hill | Amor | Virgin of Milk Amy McCann A Heraldic Ethic: Critical Resistance, Theopoetic Embodiment, and Dialogical Impulses L. Callid Keefe-Perry A Theopoetics […]

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len on June 2nd, 2014

I am using “theological formation” to talk about the purposes of the Christian academy, as opposed to “theological education.” Education in our day implies learning, but often divorced from real life and practice, and often built on models where “objective knowledge” is assumed. Since the goals of theological education are unique, and therefore have a […]

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len on May 26th, 2014

“With all the attention paid to issues of church and mission in recent years, surprisingly little has been written to reframe the biblical themes of creation and human identity in light of the missio Dei. Hjalmarson addresses this lacunae by pursuing an ambitious missiological agenda, arguing that even though God’s mission draws his people into […]

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