Theology

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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len on May 5th, 2014

John 20 is an incredibly rich chapter for understanding church and mission. I spoke on the first half of the chapter on Easter Sunday, and then this second section this past Sunday. On an intuition I went to the story of Gideon in Judges 6 — working through his story in parallel brought a lot […]

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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 April 10th, 2014

Cobus blogs at My Contemplations, “I was visiting Annemie Bosch, the wife of David Bosch, yesterday to attempt to get some answers to questions I have. It was a deeply spiritual experience, in that it brought to life the theology with which I’ve been struggling for the past few weeks. Although I’ve been gripped by […]

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len on April 8th, 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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len on April 7th, 2014

LORD LET ME SEE Lord let me see, see more and more: See the beauty of a person, not the colour of the skin, See the faces of the homeless with no-one to take them in, See discouragement because she’ll never win, See the face of our Lord in the pain. Lord let me see. […]

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len on April 3rd, 2014

Walter Clapp in A Peculiar People, writes that the decline of print may be a boon to the church. “In a way unavailable to oral communication, writing makes words endure. Without writing, words are “only” sound… Spoken words live in that they are occurrences borne on breath. Spoken words are events.. they cannot be pinned […]

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