Theology

len on April 8th, 2015

Evangelicals by and large still separate the world into compartments: sacred and secular, Saturday and Sunday, physical and spiritual. This spiritual and social imaginary impacts the way we read Scripture, the way we do mission, and the way we live in God’s kingdom. Moreover, we tend to be sin-focused and the cross dominates our vision. […]

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len on April 8th, 2015

There are two entries into Jerusalem late in the gospel of Luke. In the first entry, Jesus borrows a donkey and enters as king in fulfilment of the prophecy given by Zechariah. In the second entry, Jesus comes quietly as a lamb and borrows a room to share an intimate Passover meal. Why the contrasting […]

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len on April 2nd, 2015

John 1 – the Word in creation, this opening account parallels Genesis 1. John 20 – “On the first day of the week” — We are back to creation. And God will make all things new! Yet how many Easter sermons are rooted in a theology of creation? Instead, we separate out redemption into a […]

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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 March 24th, 2015

The new covenant is first given in the book of Jeremiah, and Jeremiah 31 was the lectionary reading for this past Sunday. The new covenant moves us from law to grace, from religion, to divine faithfulness. But most of us are still trying to perform our way into the kingdom. The End of Religion Scripture: […]

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len on March 24th, 2015

When most believers use the phrase “God is in control,” they have no idea what they are really saying. We tend to make God the devil by making him responsible for everything that happens. But divine determinism is not the biblical view. I spoke this sermon on March 8th of this year. God is – […]

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len on March 23rd, 2015

I spoke this sermon last year, and it needed to come back again this year and hopefully I’ve made it even clearer. This is controversial for some. I argue that “wrath” needs to be seen differently than we have done. I also take it into the Greek to look at one particular word – hilasmos […]

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len on March 23rd, 2015

Scot McKnight proposes three biblical words that lead in different directions –Leitourgia, Ekklesia and Koinonia. I summarize… 1. Leitourgia That is, church is worship service. The Germans calls this Gottesdienst, and many Americans when they say “church” mean “going to a church building on Sunday morning for a worship and sermon service.” The life that […]

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len on March 19th, 2015

Coming soon to a desktop near you — slightly expanded, a few rough places smoothed out, and some material left out of the first edition added. The length increases by about 15 pages.

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len on February 18th, 2015

I’m still working my way through the collection edited by James McGrath, “Religion and Science-Fiction” (Wipf & Stock, 2011. Earlier post HERE). It’s striking how many movies are opening up the question of what it is to be human — I’m thinking in this past year of Transcendence and Lucy and Her, and now of […]

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