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Armstrong, Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians

The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Episode #26: Medieval Wisdom for Modern Protestants

On the newest episode of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast, Sam and I put the Reformation on hold for a moment to consider the Christianity that lies on the other side of 1517: the faith of the Middle Ages. Featured Book Chris R. Armstrong, Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians: Finding Authentic Faith in a Forgotten Age with C.S.…

Reading through Principles of Christian Theology part 7: Chapters 10-11

Series Index John Macquarrie, Principles of Christian Theology Being(s) Created When Principles of Christian Theology turns its attention to creation, the book’s earlier distinctions between categories really start to bear fruit.  Macquarrie’s earlier insistence that God does not name a being among beings but a sense that Being, that which lets-be, has a holiness to…

Sin-Questions: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 9 March 2014

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 9 March 2014 (First Sunday of Lent, Year A) Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7  • Psalm 32  • Romans 5:12-19  • Matthew 4:1-11 In N.T. Wright’s The New Testament and the People of God, he argues that all world-stories (I like that term better than world-views, largely because it doesn’t try to turn moving pictures…

You Were Dead: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 18 March 2012

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 18 March 2012 (Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year B) Numbers 21:4-9  • Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22  • Ephesians 2:1-10  • John 3:14-21 I don’t preach from Paul often, perhaps because it feels like cheating: because the epistles are the closest things, in terms of genre, to what I preach on a Sunday morning, I…

Body of Death: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 3 July 2011

Revised Common Lectionary Page for 3 July 2011 (Third Sunday after Pentecost, Year A) Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 and Psalm 45:10-17 or Song of Solomon 2:8-13 •Zechariah 9:9-12 and Psalm 145:8-14 •Romans 7:15-25a •Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 I’ll admit that I’m not sure what to do with some parts of the Bible.  I try always, when I teach Christians…

The Strangeness of Sin: A Reflection on the Lectionary Readings for 7 February 2010

Revised Common Lectionary readings for 7 February 2010 (Epiphany, Year C) Isaiah 6:1-13 Psalm138 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Luke 5:1-11 It’s not hard to affirm or criticize youth ministers’ commonplaces.  I could just as easily agree that, since any imperfection is not perfection, no sin is categorically different from another, yet I’m certain that, given the…