Some current and recent reading on what the Bible says the church should be has helped me find new language for a question that is often present for me. Is the Bible meant to be prescriptive, or descriptive?
If the Bible is prescriptive, then we come to it with an understanding that it is a manual of sorts.… Read more
Some books read like a light snack…maybe a small package of pretzels on an airplane. Snacks aren’t bad, but sometimes you need a hearty feast. Transforming Mission satisfies the belly and fills the mind with memories and Ideas to revisit.
This book is a classic on mission, and rightfully so. David Bosch traces the history of how mission has been understood, and how that understanding has been shaped by context.… Read more
Contextualization, on the other hand, suggests the experimental and contingent nature of all theology. Contextual theologians therefore, rightly, refrain from writing “systematic theologies” where everything fits into an all-encompassing and eternally valid system.
— David Bosch, Transforming Mission
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Much of the dialogue I have been around in recent years about the church carries an emphasis to return to the teachings of Jesus. Many have described how the church has tended to overemphasize the epistles of Paul in recent decades, and there is a definite push to spend more time with the Gospels.… Read more
In July and August, I’m going to lead a study on film and theology in our home. As I’m thinking through how this will look, the purpose of the study is not going to be to use a few movie clips here and there to illustrate some points or Bible verses I want to reinforce.… Read more
Some random thoughts that went through my head while watching Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End late last night:
- “I wish Captain Jack would get some kind of ointment to put on that sore on his cheek. It hasn’t healed for three movies now.”
- “Was I supposed to take LSD before watching this scene?”
- “I want more Chow Yun-Fat!”
- “I can’t keep all of these guys in the white wigs straight.”
- “I don’t really care what happens to these people…I just want to sleep.”
- “hrmph…where am I?
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There have been a splattering of quotes on other blogs, but for those who haven’t read it, the Christianity Today has a worthwhile interview with NT Wright called Mere Mission.
In the his answer to the first question, he states why I’ve grown to appreciate his work so much:
Because I’ve done all that historical work, my view of the gospel and how it works out in the real world has been deepened and enriched in all kinds of ways that I would never have guessed 25 years ago when I was starting out writing about Jesus.
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