Scandal of the Evangelical Memory

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Over at the Missio Alliance blog, Geoff Holsclaw, affiliate professor of theology at Northern Seminary and co-pastor at Life on the Vine on the north side of Chicago, has been sharing an interesting series entitled, Scandal of the Evangelical Memory. It’s a play off the title of Mark Noll’s book, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind.

Thus far, Holsclaw has posted 3 of 5 articles in the series. I think it’s well worth your time to read. Continue reading

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New Series at Respectful Conversation: Evangelicals & Politics

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A couple of months ago, I pointed out a newer blog which I’ve been frequenting as of late. It’s known as Respectful Conversation. Simply stated, I love that blog title.

It’s headed up by Harold Heie, a Senior Fellow at The Colossian Forum and at the Center for Faith & Inquiry at Gordon College and, as stated on the blog, he offers some thoughts as to the purpose of why it’s been created:

That better way is to create welcoming spaces for those who disagree with one another to have respectful conversations. As a Christian, I believe this better way is integral to the call for Christians to love others, for a deep expression of love for another person is to provide a safe, welcoming space for that person to disagree.  That goal can be shared with all persons of good will, whatever their religious or non-religious convictions.

Such rings true to my heart – that true dialogue could take place amongst Christians of differing perspectives and traditions. Unfortunately, such is not always the case. Of course, Christlike love is not a mish-mash way where nothing actually matters. But true dialogue begins by loving well and listening well to one another. Continue reading

Respectful Conversation

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Every so often, I post links to favourite blogs or websites that I frequent. Of course, if you scroll down and check out the right sidebar on my blog, you’ll see various blogs (under Blogroll) and websites (under links) that I visit on some kind of regular basis.

Today, I want to make you aware of a newer site/blog that begun just over two months ago. It’s entitled Respectful Conversation.

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CharisMissional Blog

Most know that I am very much dedicated to the continuance of all gifts of the Spirit. I’ve written plenty on the topic and am currently posting some thoughts around the gift of prophecy.

Therefore, I wanted to mention the blog of a friend, David Derbyshire. The blog is entitled CharisMissional and can be found at http://charismissional.com, but the subtitle is even more telling, Empowered by the Spirit for Mission.

David is part of Church Alive in Birmingham, UK, a church that is closely connected with our church in Brussels, Cornerstone International Church.

So check it out.

Perriman’s Challenging Series on the Holy Spirit

I appreciate good and thought-provoking writings about the Holy Spirit. Though they are usually within the realm of the oft debates between continuationism and cessationism, it is good to read something outside the ‘normative’ discussions.

I also appreciate some of the foundations of the narrative-historical perspective from writers like Andrew Perriman. The narrative-historical perspective is not so much about producing abstract systematic theology, such as Trinitarianism or charismatic pneumatology, though foundational tenets of the faith are not denied. Rather, it is about understanding Scriptural statements within the specific context of the Scripture’s narrative, which comes to us from a particular historical framework of first century, second temple Jewish thought. Many theologians refer to this as the grammatical-historical hermeneutic. But I think the more nuanced narrative-historical method is looking to take up this hermeneutic of Scripture with even more focused attention. Continue reading