Here we are with episode 2 at Prodigal Thought Podcast.
In this session, I discuss a topic that I recently looked at during a church leader’s gathering here in the Brussels area: there is a difference between our modern western ideas of individualism and the ancient (and non-western) perspective of collectivism.
Listen to or download the 17-minute podcast below. Continue reading
Just over a week ago, I posted an article about whether or not Paul’s theology of Christ requires a historical Adam. I was mainly interacting with Daniel Kirk’s article in Fuller Theological Seminary’s Spring 2013 issue of “Theology, News, and Notes”. His premise, as is mine, is that Adam might not be a factual, historical, literal person. However, this need not affect our theology of humanity, sin, and especially that of Christ!
Of course, much discussion arises from this topic today because of Christian engagement with some prevailing scientific views, mainly that of evolutionary biology and the hypotheses presented.
What I have found interesting in my interaction with some surrounding this topic is one particular argument that keeps surfacing. It goes something like this: Your view about what the text says or doesn’t say has already been concluded before engaging with the text.
Meaning that I and others have concluded Adam is not historical/does not have to be historical before actually exegeting what the biblical text communicates.
It’s a fair challenge.
However, I’d say this approach is not completely unbecoming to Christian theology. Continue reading
Derbyshire, over at the CharisMissional blog, shared an interesting post a few weeks back. He takes time to list posts about mission for all 26 letters of the alphabet – A to Z.
So check it out here.
Yesterday marked the church’s celebration-remembrance of Pentecost. And today in Belgium, we have a day off. Such a very spiritual land……or maybe not quite yet.
Anyways, there are a few different angles one could approach in remembering the importance of Pentecost. The angle of the pouring out of God’s Spirit on all flesh – male/female, young/old, Jew/Gentile. There is the aspect of empowering for mission that the rule and grace of Christ be made known to all peoples. Then there’s the common notion that the church began on that great day of Pentecost.
But that’s not right, is it? Continue reading
Here we are starting up Prodigal Thought Podcast. This is something that I’ve been desiring to do for a few years now. So, connect and listen each week.
We start with episode 1… (enter in the Star Wars theme song).
To start, I share some ideas about what the podcast will consist, also looking at a topic I’m considering for my dissertation in the future. Click on the icon below to listen or you can download it. Continue reading