Tag: Biblical Theology

Christian Humanist Profiles 116: The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing

Augustine called the Sermon on the Mount “a perfect standard of the Christian life.” John Calvin said it “collect[ed] into one place the leading points of the doctrine of Christ, which related to a devout and holy life.” Yet, for many Christians, the Sermon on the Mount is as perplexing as it is inspiring, giving…

Christian Humanist Profiles 56: Paul’s Divine Christology

In the early second century, Pliny, the governor of the Roman province of Pontus and Bithynia, wrote a letter to his emperor, Trajan, about Christians who “were accustomed to meet on a fixed day before dawn and sing responsively a hymn to Christ as to a deity.” But when did early Christians begin to believe…

Christian Humanist Profiles 55: The Pastor as Public Theologian

“Feed my sheep,” Christ commanded Peter, and Peter passed on that command to others: “shepherd the flock of God that is among you … [so that] when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” The pastor’s duty is serious business, and its stakes mount to the heights of Christian eschatology.…

BrueggeBlog 8: It’s All Interpretation

Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy   God-Verbs The Gospel of Plurality Theological Dialectics My Creatio ex Nihilo Copout First to the Jews, then to the Nations Mediation and Dispute and Authority It’s All Interpretation It’s funny how pendulums (pendula?) shift.  In my own relatively brief lifetime (as I write this I’m 36), and as I’ve taught and interpreted…

Brueggeblog 7: Mediation and Dispute and Authority

Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy   God-Verbs The Gospel of Plurality Theological Dialectics My Creatio ex Nihilo Copout First to the Jews, then to the Nations Mediation and Dispute and Authority It’s All Interpretation Many folks, if not most, start the game thinking that the question of Biblical authority is a zero-sum game, the sort that governs chess…

BrueggeBlog 6: First to the Jews, then to the Nations

Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy Okay, so I left a bit of a gap between posts 5 and 6.  Sorry about that.  For the sake of those who want to refresh themselves on the series, here are the episodes, both those written and those not-yet-written, with hyperlinks where relevant: God-Verbs The Gospel…

BrueggeBlog 5: My Creatio ex Nihilo Copout

Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy I’m going to appropriate and extend Alasdair MacIntyre’s notion of a tradition here and posit that to be part of the tradition of Bible-interpretation means engaging in the ongoing conversation and dispute over what it means to love the Bible and to interpret it faithfully. Such an…

BrueggeBlog 1: Back into the Biblical Theology Fray

Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy There are all sorts of good things about defending one’s dissertation.  I never have to correct a student again when he addresses me as “Dr. Gilmour.”  I got a little pay bump each month.  I look like a peacock at opening convocation and graduation each school year. …