Tag: Church

Reading through Principles of Christian Theology part 11: Chapters 17-18

Series Index Principles of Christian Theology by John Macquarrie In retrospect, I should have anticipated that a theology that self-identifies as existentialist would be stronger in terms of the Christian life than on the contours of Christian confession.  When John Macquarrie deals with the Bible, with the person and work of Jesus, with the Holy…

Icon of Peter and Paul from Patmos

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #21: A Peaceable Spirit

It’s one of the four instincts that we think defines the Pietist ethos: to trust that Christians are better together than apart. Around Bethel, it shows up as an “irenic [or peaceable] spirit” that leads us to avoid needless controversy and try to reach decisions by consensus; in the Evangelical Covenant Church, it results in our affirmation of having…

18th century Moravian illustration of the reception of new brothers

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #19: The Common Priesthood for the Common Good

Like earlier Pietists, Mark and I tend to feel like what we have to suggest isn’t all that new. This episode — like the one before it — we revisited an idea from the Protestant Reformation. Last time, it was sola Scriptura; this week, the common priesthood. (And yes, we talked about why we’re using that version of…

Christian Humanist Profiles 48: A Fellowship of Differents

Every generation of the faithful must learn and relearn the vocabularies and symbols and narratives of the faith, and theology in an era of hyper-literacy demands different disciplines than theology did in moments when so few read and even fewer wrote. In his most recent book A Fellowship of Differents Scot McKnight frames the central…

Gather the Gentiles: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 20 November 2011

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 20 November 2011 (23rd Sunday after Pentecost, Year A) Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 and Psalm 100  • Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 and Psalm 95:1-7a  • Ephesians 1:15-23  • Matthew 25:31-46 It’s always more than a little gratifying when I discover that I hold certain suspicions that happen to resonate with the New Testament.  I’m not…

The Christian Humanist Podcast, Episode #54: Brains in the Body

General Introduction – Facebook feedback – The podcast gains sentience – The return of CWC – Homebrewed Christianity A Practical Topic – Where do intellectuals fit into a local congregation? – Our personal experiences The Lonely Academic – Anti-intellectual congregations – Stratification by class, not geography – Hopwood envy – Churches in university towns The…

Summa Linkologica

Stan Hauerwas on why Church is more truthful than “community” and other tidbits (HT Jeff Wright) Robert Woods recounts Russell Kirk’s defense of Giovanni Pico de Mirandola (how’s that for name-dropping?) Are you ****ing kidding me? (No, Scot, I don’t accept that rationale.) Andrew Webb comments on three kinds of defective sermons. C. Michael Patton…

Remembering and Understanding: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 4 April 2010

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 4 April 2010 (Easter Sunday, Year C) Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 65:17-25 •  Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 •  1 Corinthians 15:19-26 or Acts 10:34-43 •  John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12 That I can remember, although I’ve likely preached over a hundred sermons, I’ve only preached one on Easter Sunday, and even though it happened…