justification

July 23, 2009

I’ve read a respectable chunk of NT Wright’s work, and he takes up more space on my bookshelf than any other author. It’s not often that I read one of his books and am left wanting. But after reading Justification, that’s where I found myself. That’s not to say that Justification isn’t a good book. […]

letting the text have a voice

June 10, 2009

We read scripture in order to be refreshed in our memory and understanding of the story within which we ourselves are actors, to be reminded where it has come from and where it is going to, and hence what our own part within it ought to be. — NT Wright Our Sunday gatherings for Austin […]

nt wright at harvard

January 12, 2009

In November, N.T. Wright gave a series of talks at the Harvard University Graduate Student Christian Fellowship entitled Reconstructing Hope. Here’s a link to each talk: Why Do Good in a Hopeless World? What is Good in a World that Defies Hope? Doing Good: What Plus Hope Equals Change? I appreciated the content of the […]

inaugurated eschatology

October 23, 2008

And this means, as is well known, that his theology has the character of inaugurated eschatology, that is, of a sense that God’s ultimate future has come forwards into the middle of history, so that the church is living within — indeed, is constituted precisely by simultaneously within! — God’s new world and the present […]

ecological (a missiology for the west)

September 15, 2008

(This post is part of a series reflecting on David Bosch’s six distinctives for a missiology of Western culture. See the introductory post for a little background.) A missiology of Western culture must include an ecological dimension. Thanks to my nature loving Grandma, I’ve always had an appreciation for nature that wasn’t really offered in […]

September 11, 2008

We have to create, and sustain, communities where this life is being lived in such a way that when we speak of it we are obviously telling the truth. That is the hard part. As long as our churches are places where we struggle to sustain an hour or two’s public worship per week, with […]

surprised by hope

April 29, 2008

I suppose it’s not a secret that I’ve been reading Surprised by Hope by NT Wright based on my last few posts. After finishing it, I can say that it was what I hoped it would be. It almost feels crass to say it so, but Surprised by Hope is NT Wright’s theology of end […]

wholes, not souls

April 28, 2008

And salvation only does what it’s meant to do when those who have been saved, are being saved, and will one day fully be saved realize that they are saved not as souls but as wholes and not for themselves alone but for what God now longs to do through them. — NT Wright, Surprised […]

so much for harp lessons

April 22, 2008

So far from sitting on clouds playing harps, as people often imagine, the redeemed people of God in the new world will be agents of his love going out in new ways, to accomplish new creative tasks, to celebrate and extend the glory of his love. — NT Wright, Surprised by Hope

this is the book i wanted to write…

April 20, 2008

“Dang. NT Wright beat me to it.” That’s what keeps going through my head as I’ve been reading Surprised by Hope. When I think of how I want to use my voice, one of the main themes that comes up is dualism. Simply put, dualism is the idea that this physical world is a mess […]

nt wright: the gospel and our culture

May 14, 2007

Last week, while mowing, I was trying to catch up on a backlog of audio I’ve downloaded. Up in the queue came “The Gospel and Our Culture” (streaming audio) by NT Wright. Dr. Wright (or Tom as I call him when I pretend we are friends) presented this lecture as part of a lecture series […]

mere mission

January 7, 2007

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 […]