Kirsteen Kim – Unlocking Theological Resource Sharing Between North and South


Kirsteen Kim is Professor of Theology and World Christianity in the School of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA

Kirsteen Kim deals in this Lausanne article with what I consider to be one of the tragedies of present day evangelicalism: the Western financial and institutional domination of evangelicalism, in the context of a growing evangelical and Pentecostal/charismatic dynamic moving rapidly East and South.
The author suggests a number of well meaning possible solutions for ‘unlocking resource sharing’ in this context. However, I am afraid that, like in the Lausanne movement itself, unless something radical and prophetic happens, the ‘golden rule’ (meaning, ‘who has the gold, makes the rules’ ) will continue to dominate the North-South dynamic. And, for the moment, this dynamic seems to be governed more by the capitalist free market mechanism than by the principles of the Kingdom of God).
From this point of view, I am more hopeful in what secular institutions are trying to do (like the current European Union discussion that access should be TOTALLY FREE for ALL scholarly journals), than in the willingness of Christians to think and act outside of the capitalist box.
I am very curious what others think about this.

Here are a few excerpts from the article.

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key dilemma faced by theological educators is that, whereas most students are in the South, many of the resources are in the North.

  • Although, throughout the North, the overwhelming majority of church leaders have theological education, sometimes to doctoral level, overall enrolment in theological education is declining, including in evangelical schools.
  • In the South, many churches are led by people without the benefit of theological education and without access to it. However, although concrete data on theological education in the South is lacking, regional theological associations report rapid growth. Moreover, some faculty at institutions in the South now have higher levels of faculty qualifications to enable them to offer doctoral degrees.

Despite the shifting picture, the absolute majority of teaching staff, scholarship funds, theological libraries and publications are still located in the North. Furthermore, the decline of theological education in the North, together with the ongoing effects of the 2008 financial crisis, has restricted the already-limited funds available from the North for theological education in the South.

Despite the financial constraints, there is much that can be done to address the current imbalance in theological education between North and South. I shall give some practical examples and suggestions of resource sharing below. However, in order for this to happen, we need the kind of theological education that encourages such sharing.

One of the reasons for the inadequate resource sharing is that theological education—both in the North and the South—is dominated by models developed to serve the institutional church of a largely homogenous community in a particular locality.

Along with the development of missional church, we need missional theological education. Becoming missional is not just a matter of adding in optional courses in ‘missiology’ or ‘global Christianity’; it requires a paradigm shift in the way the entire theological curriculum is taught. This change is happening:

  • Biblical studies is recognizing the cultural and regional diversity of the early church.
  • Systematic theology is taking account of the systems of thought in Asia, Africa, and indigenous peoples.
  • Church history is becoming integrated with mission history, and recognizing the polycentric nature of Christian movements.
  • Practical theology is focusing not only on local but also on global questions and on their interconnectedness.

When we learn through our theological education to value the whole church—diverse, multicultural, global, and interdependent—we will realize the importance of resource sharing. The Lausanne Movement can be a catalyst to speed up change, which needs to take place in the accrediting agencies as well as the institutions for theological education.

(Read HERE the entire article, to find the solutions suggested by the author to this serious problem.)

 

 

 

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Post-Truth – Public Orthodoxy

Source: Post-Truth – Public Orthodoxy

Here is an Orthodox theological view of post-truth. A tough one.

Ritualul și rolul său | irisologie

Source: Ritualul și rolul său | irisologie

Am citit cu interes acest text. In ce ma priveste, ca ‘high church Anglican’ sunt mai pozitiv fata de ritualul religios decit sunteti dvs. Observ ca traseele noastre religioase sunt opuse, si poate de aici vine diferenta: al dvs este de la ritualul religios catolic (fie el si unul nominal), la saracia simbolica cultului evangelic, in vreme ce a mea este de la aceasta din urma, la bogatia liturgica si sacramentala a crestinismului istoric. In ce ma priveste, teologia, si in special interactiunea cu teologia ortodoxa, este cea care a determinat in cea mai mare masura aceasta traiectorie.
Acestea fiind spuse, dati-mi voie sa fac citeva observatii.
1. Omul este o fiinta simbolica si nu poate trai fara simboluri, metafore, modele, si, in cele din urma, fara ritual. Omul este singura fiinta are marcheaza ritualic nasterea unui prunc, isi celebreaza nunta si isi ingroapa mortii, intre multe altele.
2. Ritualurile de trecere, nu sunt doar apanajul omului primitiv. Chiar daca rolul ritualurilor de trecere a slabit in modernitate, acestea continua sa existe, slava Domnului, ele izvorind din natura omului creat dupa chipul lui Dumnezeu. In definitiv, botezul crestin tocmai asta este – un ritual de trecere (fara singe insa, caci pe acesta l-a varsat Cristos). In aceasta privinta refuz fara ezitare conceptia penibila a lui Zwingli despre sacramente, care le transforma in simple semne – daca e asa, adica daca singura lor ratune este sa semnifice, intr-un fel sau altul – caci aceasta este natura semnului: semnificatul este important, nu semnul utilizat, moartea si invierea cuiva in Cristos, de ce nu ‘facem botezul’, de exemplu, cu candidatul intrind cu hainele de strada intr-un dulap – semnificind mormintul, si iesind din el cu haine albe, semnificind invierea sau ‘nasterea din nou’ (intre altele, un concept biblic minor, a carui importanta a fost exagerata de evanghelici). La fel, am putea lua ‘cina’ cu brinza si lapte, daca vinul si piinea sunt doar semne arbitrare. Dar nu sunt. Cum nu e nici apa. Bunul nostru simt de spune asta, chiar daca bezmeticcul Zwigli ar vrea sa credem altceva.
3. Ruptura sacru-profan, oricit de folositoare ar fi ea pentru Eliade si istoria religiilor, este inselatoare din perspectiva crestina. Scopul lui Cristos, nu este sa creeze un soi de homo religiosus, la care doar dimensiunea sacra conteaza, ci ‘ a aduce toate lucrurile in ascultare de Dumnezeu, in Cristos’ (Efes. 1:10). Cu alte cuvinte, daca moderrnitatea a incercat profanarea (si eliminarea) sacrului, Cristos a venit sa sacralizeze intreaga existenta.
4. Da, modernitatea a incercat sa desvrajeasca lumea – lipsa de ritual a evanghelicilor, care sunt copii ai modernitatii, este o alta expresie a acestui efort – dar a esuat lamentabil. Avem de-a face, asa cum bine remarca multi sociologi ai religiei (inclusiv Peter Berger insusi – Dumnezeu sa-l odihnasca, cel care promova cindva teoria secularizarii, iar apoi a realizat ca s-a inselat), lumea a intrat, in postmoderrnitate, intr-un proces de revrajire, chiar daca, asa cum subliniam intr-un pasaj din teza mea de doctorat, este vorba de o revrajire in care transcendentul nu este inca pe deplin restaurat in locul care i se cuvine.
5. Cred ca evenimentul cristic nu schimba prea mult in nevoia omului de ritual. Inainte de Cristos, ritualul arata inainte, spre venirea lui, in vreme ce dupa inviere el arata inapoi, catre ceea ce a facut posibila mintuirea noastra. Atit si nimic mai mult.
In concluzie, convingerea mea este ca fara ritual omul nu este om, ci doar o jivina, fie ea si cuvintatoare.

Richard Rohr on Nonviolence – Taking Jesus Seriously

How is it that after two thousand years of meditation on Jesus Christ we’ve managed to avoid everything that he taught so unequivocally? This is true of every Christian denomination, even those who call themselves orthodox or doctrinally pure.  We are all “cafeteria Christians.” All of us have evaded some major parts of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7): the Beatitudes, Jesus’ warning about idolizing “mammon,” his clear directive and example of nonviolence, and his command to love our enemies being the most obvious. Jesus has always been too much for us. He is the only true “orthodoxy” as far as I can see.

In fact, I have gone so far as to say, if Jesus never talked about it once, the churches will tend to be preoccupied with it (abortion, birth control, and homosexuality are current examples), and if Jesus made an unequivocal statement about it (for example, the rich, the camel, and the eye of a needle), we tend to quietly shelve it and forget it. This is not even hard to prove.Read More »

Richard Rohr on Prophets

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Roger Olson – What is Fundamentalism?

Here are, according tto Roger Olson, the ‘symptoms’ of the spiritual disease called ‘fundamentalism’:

1) A tendency to elevate doctrines historically considered “secondary” (non-essentials) to the status of dogmas such that anyone who questions them questions the gospel itself.

2) A tendency to eschew “Christian fellowship” with fellow evangelical Christians considered doctrinally “impure” along with a tendency to misrepresent them in order to influence others to avoid them.

3) A tendency to “hunt” for “heresies” among fellow evangelical Christians and to reward fellow fundamentalists who “find” and “expose” them—even where said “heresies” are not truly heresies by any major confessional standards shared among evangelical Protestants.

4) A tendency to place doctrinal “truth” above ethics such that misrepresenting others’ views in order to exclude or marginalize them, if not get them fired, is considered justified.

5) A tendency to be obsessed with “liberal theological thinking” that leads to seeing it where it does not exist along with a tendency to be averse to all ambiguity or uncertainty about doctrinal and biblical matters.

(Source, ‘What Is “Fundamentalism?”’)

NOTE: In case you wonder if you are a fundamentalist.

 

 

 

Roger Olson – What is Liberal Theology?

Here are, according to Roger Olson, the ‘hallmarks’ of modern liberal theology:

1) A tendency to reduce the Bible to “the Christian classic” that is “inspired” insofar as it is inspiring;

2) A tendency to reduce Christianity itself to ethics such that doctrine is an expression of collective opinion always open to revision in light of changing cultural conditions;

3) A tendency to embrace and promote individualism in spirituality and doctrine while insisting on certain controversial ethical positions as matters of justice and therefore beyond debate;Read More »

Richard Rohr Meditation: Saved by the Cross

Source: Richard Rohr Meditation: Saved by the Cross

In case you wondered what Fr Rohr thinks about the Cross (I know my dear friend Eugen Matei does). This spells it out a bit.

Richard Rohr – Love at the Core of the Gospel

Franciscans never believed that “blood atonement” was required for God to love us. We believed that Christ was Plan A from the very beginning (Colossians 1:15-20, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:1-18). Christ wasn’t a Plan B after the first humans sinned, which is the way most people seem to understand the significance of the death and resurrection of Jesus. The Great Mystery of Incarnation could not be a mere mop-up exercise, a problem-solving technique, or dependent on human beings messing up.  The Incarnation was not motivated by a problem but by love.

Did God intend no meaning or purpose for creation during the first 13.8 billion years? Did the sun, moon, and galaxies have no divine significance? The fish, the birds, the animals were just waiting for humans to appear? Was there no Divine Blueprint (“Logos”) from the beginning? This thinking reveals the hubris of the human species and our tendency to anthropomorphize the whole story around ourselves.Read More »

Richard Rohr – A Nonviolent Atonement

Note: See how similar is the Franciscan view of salvation as a nonviolent process to the Orthodox view, and how radically diferent from the juridical emphasis that dominates mainline Catholicand almost all Protestant and Evangelical atonement theories (based on the view of an angry God – as opposed to a loving one, who had to punish his Son in order to be able to, again, reluctanty, love his human creatures).

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În ce cred… – Perfectio in Spiritu

Source: În ce cred… – Perfectio in Spiritu

Liviu Horvath s-a aapucat iarasi sa sape prin teologie si nu iarta nimic.

Da-i ‘nainte, prietene, ca inapoi e jale.

Women should not teach men what? 1 Timothy 2 in context – Reenacting the Way

Source: Women should not teach men what? 1 Timothy 2 in context – Reenacting the Way

Here is some solid biblical teaching on a topic that continues to divide evangelicalism, mostly because of ignorance, patriarchy and ‘holy’ misogyny.

A Blog Post in which I Get Belligerent about Theological Belligerence – Pete Enns

Source: A Blog Post in which I Get Belligerent about Theological Belligerence – Pete Enns

Something worth pondering. I am sure you are not guity of this, but I am, so this is promarily for me.

Rob Bell – What Is the Bible?

I have just finished reading Rob Bell’s latest book, titled What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything. I really loved it and I think every evangelical should read it. The book does not say anything new, nor does the author claim to do so. It merely presents at a popular level what theologians and Bible scholars have said about it in the last hundred years.

You may ask, what is then so important about it? Here is my answer.Read More »

The Bart Ehrman Michael Bird Debate, 2016

Here is a little bit of (early) historical theology. In case you are interested.

Professor Bart D. Ehrman met with Australian theologian and New Testament scholar Michael F. Bird at the 2016 Greer-Heard Point Counter Point Forum on February 12-13, 2016 for a two part debate. The event was held at 7:00 p.m. and Part 2 the next day at 2:00 p.m. in the Leavell College Chapel at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. An attendee question and answer session followed the debate. The subject of the debate was “How Jesus Became God.” Read More »

Max Turner – Botezul cu Duhul Sfant conform Evangheliei după Luca si Faptelor Apostolilor

Prelegere sustinuta de Prof. Max Turner, in 7 iunie 2017, la Centrul Areopagus din Timisoara.

Daca-mi pot permite un comentariu, observ si de data aceasta cit de speculativa, reductionista si deformatoare devine teologia biblica atunci cind, ca in cazul teologului penticostal Robert Menzies, analizat aici de Prof. Turner, ignora implicatiile dogmatice ale concluziilor la care ajunge. In acest caz, ideea lui Menzies ca cineva poate avea parte de darul mintuirii fara a a se bucura de darul Duhului Sfint apare ca absolut aberanta, in lumina dogmei Sfintei Treimi si a actiunii perihoretice, de nedespartit, ale celor trei persoane ale Treimii.

Why the Doctrine of Inseparable Operations Matters – Opera Ad Extra: The Inseparable Works of the Triune God

Source: Why the Doctrine of Inseparable Operations Matters – Opera Ad Extra: The Inseparable Works of the Triune God

Some good theological stuff from Dr Adonis Vidu, Associate Professor at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Boston.

Danut Manastireanu – Despre intelectuali

Prietenul meu Arpi Foszto, redactorul publicatiei Revista crestina,  a inregistrat recent aceasta discutie despre locul si rolul intelectualului crestin in societate.

Acesta este un inceput. Speram sa recidivam, abordind si alte subiecte, mai putin ‘scrobite’. Dat fiind insa ca sunt un incepator in domeniul media, as dori sa va cer ajutorul. Marturisesc ca nu am fost prea multumit dupa ce am facut inregistrarea si cred ca Arpi a facut o treaba foarte buna la montaj, eliminind multe dintre bilbele inevitabile ale amatorului din fata camerei. Clipul a iesit, deci, mult mai bine decit ma asteptam, chiar daca, la fel ca in orice intreprindere omeneasca, ar putea fi inbunatatit.

Daca aveti vreme sa vizionati clipul de mai sus, si sa reflectati asupra lui, va rog sa ne lasati citeva impresii la comentarii, privind chestiuni cum ar fi:

  • folosul unei asemenea intreprinderi
  • durata potrivita a acestor clipuri video, in lumina capacitatii de concentrare mai ales a celor tineri
  • sugestii de teme care ar trebui abordate
  • evaluari tehnice: unghi de filmare, fundal, context in general, pozitie, montaj, sonor, generic etc.
  • observatii egate de retorica prezentarii, si orice altceva va mai vine in minte

Va multumim anticipat. Desigur, nicio problema daca nu aveti vreme de asa ceva.

Aparitia editoriala – Danut-Vasile Jemna, Antropologia Sfantului Irineu de Lyon. Incoruptibilitatea ca destin al omului

Editura Doxologia din Iasi, probabil institutia ortodoxa cu cel mai consistent program editorial de la noi, anunta pe situl ei aparitia, cu binecuvintarea IPS Teofan, Mitropolitul Moldovei si al Bucovinei, a unei carti de exceptie:

Danut-Vasile Jemna, Antropologia Sfântului Irineu de Lyon. Incoruptibilitatea ca destin al omului

Cartea este o adaptare pentru publicare sub forma de carte a tezei de doctorat in patristica a domnului Danut-Vasile Jemna, sustinuta in 2013 sub indrumarea Pr Prof Stelian Tofana, de la Facultatea de teologie ortodoxa a Universitatii Babes-Bolyai din Cluj, care semneaza si prefata cartii.

Iata descrierea acestei lucrari academice, asa cum apare ea pe situl editurii:

Punctul cheie al antropologiei Sf. Irineu este conceptul de incoruptibilitate, care marchează relația dintre om și Dumnezeu, atât în planul „pre- cădere”, cât și în cel „post-cădere”, cu implicații hristologice, pentru că incoruptibilitatea are relație cu spațiul de referință și semnificația soteriologică a Întrupării, dar și ecleziologice și pnevmatologice, întrucât ea, ca destin al omului, este realizată de către Duhul Sfânt, în Biserică. Aşadar, avându-se în vedere penuria de literatură biblică românească referitoare la tema în dezbatere, o lucrare pertinentă, de anvergură, la nivelul unei analize exegetice comparative, cu referințe bibliografice la cele mai noi rezultate ale cercetării biblice moderne, se impunea demult. Cartea de față a D-lui Dănuț Jemna este un început, dar, cu toate acestea, ea nu are deloc caracteristicile unei abordări de inițiere în temă, ca astfel, să lase, din capul locului, spațiu pentru nenumărate alte încercări cu statut orientativ. Ea este mai mult decât un început; cel puțin pentru câteva capitole, cartea se prezintă ca o finalitate de abordare a conceptului de „incoruptibilitate” în antropologia Sf. Irineu. Iată, aşadar, de unde necesitatea unei astfel de lucrări în teologia românească, în general, și în cea biblică, în special. (Stelian Tofana)

Cartea poate fi comandata direct pe situl editurii, la linkul de mai sus.

Felicitari prietenului meu, Dr Danut Jemna, pentru aceasta importanta aparitie editoriala, si multumesc pentru primirea in dar a cartii, cu semnatura autorului, chiar inainte de aparitia ei in librarii. Ramin indatorat. Mult succes mai departe si in cele citeva proiecte aditoriale la care lucreaza acum, fie in domeniul teologiei (un catehism de casatorie), fie in primul sau domeniu de specialitate, statistica (un curs de econometrie).

Rachel Elizabeth Asproth – Things Christian Women Hear about Women


Rachel Elizabeth Asproth

April 19, 2017

Last night, Sarah Bessey (we’re fans!) began a conversation about the strange, sexist, abusive, and toxic things Christian women are told on a regular basis. We’ve been leaning into the conversation and doing our best to keep a record of the profound and heartbreaking stories women and male allies are sharing. We’ve collected some of the most powerful tweets so far in a list, and we’re inviting our audience to follow the ongoing conversation happening on Twitter under #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear.

If you have a relevant story or experience, please join the conversation yourself or share in the comments below.

1. “You can teach the women and children, you just can’t teach the men.” –Charlie Grantham

2. “You are an amazing leader! You’d make an excellent pastor’s wife someday!” –Sarah Bessey

3. “Women are too emotional to be leaders and pastors. It would never work.” –Jesse HarpRead More »

Christine Mangala Frost – The Human Icon: A Comparative Study of Hindu and Orthodox Christian Beliefs

The Human Icon: A Comparative Study of Hindu and Orthodox Christian Beliefs
By Christine Mangala Frost
Paperback ISBN: 9780227176351
RRP: £25.00
Publication Date: 27/04/2017
Also available in ebook formats.
The Book: Despite the history that divides them, Hinduism and Orthodox Christianity have much in common. In The Human Icon, Christine Mangala Frost explores how both religions seek to realise the divine potential of every human being, and the differences in their approach. Frost, who has experienced both the extraordinary riches and the all-too-human failings of Hinduism and Orthodox Christianity from the inside, is perfectly placed to examine the convergences and divergences between the two faiths.
Inspired by a desire to clear up the misunderstandings that exist between the two, The Human Icon is a study in how two faiths, superficially dissimilar, can nevertheless find meeting points everywhere. The powerful intellectual and spiritual patristic traditions of Orthodox Christianity offer a rare tool for revitalising too-often stalled dialogue with Hinduism and present the chance for a broader and more diverse understanding of the oldest religion in the world.
Tracing the long history of Orthodox Christianity in India, from the Thomas Christians of ancient times to the distinctive theology of Paulos Mar Gregorios and the Kottayam School, Frost explores the impact of Hindu thought on Indian Christianity and considers the potential for confluence.
With a breadth of interest that spans Hindu bhakti, Orthodox devotional theology, Vedānta and theosis, as well as meditational Yoga and hesychastic prayer, Frost offers a fresh perspective on how the devotees of both faiths approach the ideal of divinisation, and presents a thoughtful, modern methodology for a dialogue of life.
The Author: Christine Mangala Frost is a Guest Lecturer and Research Associate at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge, where she edits and presents their outreach programme, The Way. Born in India and raised Hindu, she converted first to Anglicanism and then, in 1997, to Orthodox Christianity. She is the author of several journal articles on interfaith issues, as well as three novels, including The Firewalkers (1991), which was shortlisted for both the Deo Gloria Award and the Commonwealth First Book Prize.
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Find below a PDF flyer for this new publication.
The book will be out on 31 May. HERE is the Amazon link where it could be pre-ordered.

 

5 Things You’re Reading, When You’re Reading The Bible

Source: 5 Things You’re Reading, When You’re Reading The Bible

I continue to believe that the doctrine of Scripture and hermeneutics are the batttle grounds for the future of the soul of evangelicalism (if that battle is not already lost for good; which I am still not sure). It seems Benjamin Corey agrees.

How Patriarchy Silences Women (Rachel Elizabeth Asproth)

Source: How Patriarchy Silences Women (Rachel Elizabeth Asproth)

Scot McKnight shares today this post on patriarchy by Rachel Elizabeth Asproth. Here is a summary:
1. Patriarchal History Questions the Importance of Women’s Existence
2. Patriarchal History Minimizes Women’s Contributions
3. Patriarchal History Pigeon-Holes Women
4. Patriarchal History Is Hyper-Focused on Female Sexuality

Scot McKnight – Why Be Anglican: Worship

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I am doing a series on the blog about why I became Anglican, and last week I looked at the church calendar, and this week I want to dip into “worship,” by which I mean Sunday morning worship service. (I do not equate worship with Sunday morning worship, but Sunday morning worship is worship.)

If the church calendar shapes the church themes, the church liturgy for Holy Eucharist is shaped by a customary set of elements of the worship service. Each of these is needed, each is integrated into the other, and each is formative for Christian discipleship. To repeat from last week’s blog post, I don’t idealize or idolize Anglican worship, but I believe it is a mature, wise, and deeply theological tradition at work.

I have taken for my text this morning last week’s worship guide, or bulletin. Here are the elements of our worship and eucharist celebration: processional hymn, a call to worship, the Word of God, the proclamation of the Word of God, the Nicene Creed, prayers of the people, confession of sin, passing the peace, and then we move into Eucharist beginning with an offering, doxology, the great thanksgiving, breaking of bread, a prayer of thanksgiving and we close with a blessing.Read More »

Richard Rohr – How Jesus Interpreted Scripture

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Biblical messages often proceed from historical incidents, but the actual message does not depend upon communicating those events with perfect factual accuracy. Any good writer knows that! Spiritual writers are not primarily journalists. Hebrew rabbis and scholars sometimes used an approach called midrash in which they reflected on a story to communicate all of its underlying message. Scripture can be understood on at least four levels: literal meaning, deep meaning, comparative meaning, and hidden meaning. Midrash allowed and encouraged each listener to grow with a text and not to settle for mere literalism, which of itself bears very little spiritual fruit. Some Christians do the same today with mature, reflective reading of Scripture (lectio divina), but Jesus and ancient Jewish teachers were much more honest and up front about this.

Whatever is received is received according to the manner of the receiver. This was drilled into me during my seminary education. People at different levels of development will interpret the same text (or homily) in different ways. There is no one right way to interpret sacred texts. Such a singular approach was a defensive posture that emerged more strongly after the fights of the Reformation and the attacks of the Enlightenment. How you see is what you see; the who that you bring to your reading of the Scriptures matters. Is it a defensive who? An offensive who? A power-hungry who? A righteous who? Surely, this is why we need to pray before reading a sacred text!Read More »

Why Be Anglican?

I begin a series that will seek to shed some light on why I am Anglican. Image used with permission. More than twice a month I am asked “Why did you become Anglican?” The answer to […]

Source: Why Be Anglican?

I get this question too, a lot. So, here is some answer, even if here and there my enphases would be slightly diffeerent than those of Scot McKnight.

Dorin Druhora – Doctorat pe tema relatiei intre ortodoxie si evanghelism in spatiul american

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Rev. Ovidiu Dorin Druhora de la Biserica Romana Emanuel din Los Angeles, Ca. a finalizat recent cu succes teza sa de doctorat. Iata mai jos citeva detalii despre aceasta.

Titlul Tezei
Protestantism si Ortodoxie pe continentul nord american

Conducator Stintific
Profesor dr. Remus Rus

Abstract
Prezenta teză de doctorat își propune să contribuie prin demersul ei științific la optimizarea dialogului interconfesional. Cercetarea se va limita la examinarea literaturii teologice recente, a documentelor și consultațiilor care au avut loc pe continentul nord- american, cu referință la viața spirituală a celor două tradiții creștine, pe o perioadă de timp bine determinată. Această perioadă va acoperi peste o sută de ani, justificată cronologic între 1910 și anul curent.
Demersul cercetării pornește de la premisa că dialogul ecumenic este un deziderat născut din spiritul dragostei creștine și a respectului reciproc, dar care își definește sensul și relevanța în rugăciunea Mântuitorului Cristos cu privire la unitatea creștină și misiunea Bisericii pentru lumea contemporană (Ioan 17:21). Lucrarea se situează la interferența interogației cu răspunsurile posibile la întrebarea: “cum este cu putință ca cele două tradiții să intre într-un dialog autentic, astfel încât să ajungă să recunoască viața și harul lui Cristos în aproapele din cealaltă confesiune?”Read More »

Kevin Giles, Grudem, Ware and Eternal Generation – Jesus Creed

Monogenēs once more. Kevin Giles Following the 2016 Evangelical Theological Society annual conference in San Antonia where Dr. Bruce Ware and Dr. Wayne Grudem publicly announced that they had […]

Source: Kevin Giles, Grudem, Ware and Eternal Generation – Jesus Creed

Kevin Giles again about the Trinitarian ‘heresies’ of Wayne Grudem and the rest of his fundamentalist bunch. This time of ‘the doctrine of the eternal generation of the Son’.

Catch up with N.T. Wright’s Lectures from Simply Wright – SMU

Source: Catch up with N.T. Wright’s Lectures from Simply Wright – SMU

Here are the recordings of the lectures given recently by NT Wright at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Tx.

Call for Papers – CEEAMS Conference, 13-18 February 2017, Osijek, Croatia

Love, Live, and Delight: Conversations in Central and Eastern Europe on present day documents and commitments on mission
13-18 February 2017, Osijek, Croatia

The 2017 CEEAMS Annual conference seeks to actively engage in worldwide conversations on four mission documents of the last years:

1. The Cape Town Commitment (CTC) discussed at the Third Lausanne Congress for World Evangelization in 2010, and published by the Lausanne Movement in 2011;
2. Together Towards Life (TTL), accepted in 2013 at the 10th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, Korea;
3. the Evangelii Gaudium (EG), which concluded the year of Faith (2013) and was written in the first year of Pope Franciscus’ Pontificate.
4. The Mission of the Orthodox Church in Today´s World (MOCT) – adopted in 2016 as an official document on mission at its Holy and Great Council. https://www.holycouncil.org/-/missionorthodox-church-todays-world

The conference seeks to identify key themes which are missiologically relevant for churches and Christian communities in Central and Eastern Europe, to critically analyse these documents and find ways of their translatability at academic level and in mission praxis, in and beyond in the region.
Conflicts, clashes, people worrying for their future, isolation, fear for the unknown, characterise the societies of Central and Eastern Europe; Christian communities and churches are challenged not to lose contact with each other and to open up to the societies to which they belong. Love, live and delight are calls for action prominently expressed in these four documents; they are active verbs more than ever relevant in the Europe of 2017, in which so much attention will be given to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Delighting in God, loving God and the fellow human being in order to be able to live together are the basic biblical values from which this conference seeks to find ways through which words of faith transform into lived faith.Read More »