Scot McKnight has a brief post pointing to Larry Hurtado‘s newest release Destroyer of the gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World. There he highlights distinctions between political, cultural, and religious identities in the first century world and notes that a Christian religious identity was unique among them all.
Likely a full-on review coming for the new book by Gisela Kreglinger titled The Spirituality of Wine. These quotes are intended to whet your appetite (every pun intended!). I’m half way finished and really enjoying this! “All things have spiritual meaning in the Christian faith precisely because of our belief
THIS is IMPORTANT on so very many levels! I’m speechless after listening through. I hope you will do likewise. I really, really do!
As Eleonore Stump so carefully and rightly observes, “there is no one orthodox interpretation of the doctrine of the atonement and no one universally agreed upon interpretation of the Eucharist.” Nonetheless, “the general Christian consensus includes the conviction that something about this rite makes a powerful connection between those participating
Good article here by Dr. Gary Shogren on legalism. Check out his Grumpy Legalists. Here’s a quote: The authentic legalist lives in fear, like those folks who feel compelled to wash their hands all day long or touch the door a dozen times before leaving the house. As a friend
I cannot think of a better way to begin a new year (or to end an old one) than to make a determined resolve to exercise the spiritual disciplines of the Christian life. I don’t know of any church that has preached through the disciplines, but this would be an
Joy and Human Flourishing: Essays on Theology, Culture, and the Good Life contains essays by Jürgen Moltmann, N. T. Wright, Marianne Meye Thompson, Mary Clark Moschella, Charles Mathewes, and Miroslav Volf. It ties joy with other biblical themes such as ecclesiology, happiness, pastoral counseling, creation, and, of course, suffering. The following
Just finished Identity and Idolatry: The Image of God and Its Inversion by Richard Lints. I wanted to capture a few quotes that struck me as helpful in thinking about the imago Dei or the image of God within us. Helpful in the sense that we are forced to think critically,
This is the last post in this series on Confucius for Christians by Gregg Ten Elshof (part 1 here and part 2 here). In many respects, chapter 4, “Ethics,” is preliminary. It does not “nail down” specifics or offer air-tight rules to live by. Instead it presents a framework in which to
With tools like Google, social media, smart phones, etc., learning is no longer requisite for obtaining knowledge. Just one click of the mouse, one stroke of the keyboard, or one tap on the screen and an answer to our query is almost instantaneous. There is no striving, no process; only input/output. The
Confucius for Christians: What an Ancient Chinese Worldview Can Teach Us about Life in Christ by Gregg Ten Elshoff is important for many reasons and deserves a wide readership. It dispels the belief that many (most?) Christians hold about eastern religions; that they are dangerous and to be avoided at