I have a couple of thoughts about pacifism. The first is my own: I am not a pacifist, but I do not believe that there is any killing which does not require forgiveness. I would like to be a pacifist. But then there’s the real world. I hate living in this tension. I would like […]
One thing evangelicals do well is our incessant hammering on the need for each of us to continually respond in faith to the God who is reaching out to us in Christ. We insist on personal accountability before God. But if the down side to this has been that we’re slow to realize the fully […]
Communities make things believable. They are the “plausibility structures” that provide us with the scaffolding we need to integrate what we experience with what we believe. Given the right plausibility structure, the belief that the earth is under 10,000 years old becomes largely self-evident, the clear grid for assessing every piece of scientific data. Given […]
In yesterday’ stop along the Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? blog tour, Jim West demurred over my articulation of the ministry of Jesus. This seemed like a good, old-fashioned substantive disagreement, or at least, a place where sounding the note with the right emphasis might be important. On p. 100 of JHILBP, I say, […]
Today, the Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? Blog Tour goes to the Matrix and Missional land, with a review of ch. 3, “Christianity as Community.” Think that Paul’s idea of Christianity is, basically, getting you, yourself, and you right before God? Think again… James McGrath’s thoughts are here. Look for Jamie Arpin-Ricci’s at missional.ca.
Is Christianity just about my personal relationship with God? Is that what Paul thought? Read more about Christianity as Community in this free sample chapter. The full book, of course, is for the having at Amazon, et al.
A few weeks ago I posted about friendship, claiming that “who you are when nobody’s looking” isn’t necessarily the truest testimony to who you are. I want to riff on that a bit today, in conversation with my Open Letter to New Testament Intro Students. In short, community is crucial for keeping hold of your […]
Once upon a time, I took a lot of stock in the notion that what mattered most was “who you are when no one’s looking.” Ok, there’s some value in such a self-assessment. We do need to have a level of integrity in what we do on our own and what we profess in public. […]
In the wake of the Rob Bell controversy, his editor at HarperOne, Mickey Maudlin, wrote a reflection on what transpired. Bell wrote a book many disagreed with, and the disagreement immediately was charged with words like “Heresy,” and was roundly condemned in many circles. Maudlin points out how blithely the notion of heresy was invoked: […]
Colossians 2 resumes the strange idea of filling up what’s lacking in Christ’s afflictions that Paul spoke of in ch. 1. “I want you to know how much I struggle for you… and for all who haven’t known me personally.” The goal of this struggle is knowledge of Christ. That is all. But we need […]