theology

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    The Age of Angst and the Death of Calvinism

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    Reading Other Peoples’ Mail

    Returning from the mailbox, you flip through the stack that is your recent prize. You begin the important task of separating the pertinent letters from the ones that will be quickly discarded without even being read. Postcards and invitations in one stack, ads in another; bills, the things you...
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    Jesus the Bartender

    Fullerton, CA   The downtown area of this small Los Angeles suburb is home to over a dozen bars ranging from Mexican cantinas, Irish pubs and average American bars. Every Friday and Saturday evening, the streets swell with college students, business executives, the poor, the rich, and everyone in between....
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    ‘The Gospel according to Mormon’ in Scottish Journal of Theology

    This month’s issue of Scottish Journal of Theology published an article by BYU professor Noel B. Reynolds entitled ‘The Gospel According to Mormon’ (SJT 68: 218–234 ). As the title suggests, Reynolds sets out to analyze the definition of the concept of ‘gospel’ as set forth in the Book...
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    Taking Every Thought Prisoner and Making it Obey the Messiah

    Apologetics is often understood as a list of facts and arguments that Christians need to memorize if they don’t want to get intellectually slaughtered by the nearest angry atheist who says, “Jesus didn’t exist” or, “Why would a good God allow evil?” Ironically enough, many (if not most) books...
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    Review of Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology by Andrew Louth

     Louth, Andrew.  Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology.  IVP Academic, 2013. 172 pgs. $16.00 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-0-8308-4045-8 For many years, the go-to book for a first taste of the rich history, liturgy and tradition of Orthodoxy has been Timothy Ware’s The Orthodox Church. For those ready for a new way to wade...
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    Review of The Lost World of Scripture

    Walton, John H. and D. Brent Sandy. The Lost World of Scripture: Ancient Literary Culture and Biblical Authority. Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2013. 320 pgs. $17. Paperback. 978-0-8308-4032-8. In this book about the different understandings of “text” in the ancient and modern worlds, Walton and Sandy suggest that modern...
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    My New Article in the Scottish Journal of Theology

    I’m excited that my article, “Suffering and Covenantal Hope in Galatians: A Critique of the ‘Apocalyptic Reading’ and Its Proponents,” is finally in print, appearing in the newest issue of the Scottish Journal of Theology (68.1 : 1–15). The paper was originally presented in the Paul Group at the...
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    Theology and the Hong Kong Protests

    Our blog’s very own Calvin Sodestrom raised the question in his most recent post on whether we tend to conceive of God ‘inside a box’. I know I have been blogging about the protest in Hong Kong for some time now, but at risk of being boring, I thought...
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    Aberdeen Ethics Conference

    The University of Aberdeen (in Scotland) will be hosting a conference on the legacy of the Reformation, entitled, The Freedom of a Christian Ethicist. It looks like a fantastic conference and if I hadn’t just moved across the pond I’d be very keen to check it out. The conference...
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    Review of Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction by Nicholas M. Healy

    Nicholas M. Healy, Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014. 154 pages. Softcover. Retail $23.00. Few contemporary theologians have situated their own projects so explicitly against the “many-faced and historically ambiguous phenomenon” of modern liberalism (whether of the theological or the political varieties)...
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    I’m Coming Home, Too

    This past Friday (July 11), the sports world received something far greater than free Slurpees (7/11 day) with the much anticipated announcement from LeBron James. Instead of returning to Miami in an attempt to continue the Heat’s near monopoly on the Eastern Conference, LeBron decided to return to Cleveland....
  • Relearning How to Follow Jesus

    When I first came to the mission field I spoke with a teammate who told me about a man named Mamadou who I would meet shortly. He told me, “Mamadou is a Muslim background believer from Africa. And just so you know, he fasts more than he eats.” When...
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    That’s me in the corner (at a conference)

    — Yes, the title above kind of refers to REM’s ‘Losing My Religion’, but I quite literally sat in the corner of a lecture theatre for 12 hours…   I was in London this past weekend attending a conferenced organised by Birkbeck titled ‘The Actuality of the Theologico-Political’, with a rather amazing...
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    A Brief History of Old Testament Criticism—by Mark S. Gignilliat (A Review)

    On my trip to India over spring break—which you can read a little bit about here—I brought along a delightful little introduction to Old Testament Criticism by Mark S. Gignilliat, called, A Brief History of Old Testament Criticism: From Benedict Spinoza to Brevard Childs (check it out on Amazon)....