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An exclusive Worship Leader interview with N.T. Wright and Worship Leader’s Andrea Hunter.
Here is the response to the first question:
WL: Since this issue is really about the pastoral artist and your recently released How God Became King: The forgotten story of the Gospel,” how does seeing Jesus as King impact the way we live and worship?
N.T. WRIGHT: It is quite a deep shift I think that people need to make and I say this without having done all the kind of market research on every church in the land and how they all see things (laugh) so I know that many people are probably already up to speed with this and that I may just reflect the particular context where I’ve lived. But I think the strong sense in the New Testament that Jesus is already reigning, already ruling the world has been so just forgotten by the Church and partly because it seems so counter intuitive, you know, people still say and I read just the other day that “of course the idea that the kingdom of God actually came then [In Christ’s first advent] is manifestly wrong because just look out the window and read the newspaper and watch the television and you will see that the world is not being ruled by a good and wise and loving Jesus.” But that simply mistakes the kind of rule that Jesus himself constantly said he was having. That’s what the parables are about, what his re-definition of power in Mark 10, etc and the Sermon on the Mount [is about]. This is what real world-changing power looks like, the meek the brokenhearted, the wounded, the little people and the people who are hungry for justice, that’s how the world changes, not through the big people we see as power brokers. Continue reading “NT Wright on Leading Worship”
Robert Gundry evaluates in this article NT Wright’s new Bible translation titled The Kingdom New Testament.
His conclusion is that this translation is like a targum – a particular way of rendering the Hebrew Old Testament into Aramaic. I quote:
‘…there is a body of religious literature characterized by all those traits, viz., the ancient Jewish targums, which rendered the Hebrew Old Testament into the Aramaic language. So KNT‘s similar combination of translation, paraphrase, insertions, semantic changes, slanted interpretations, and errant renderings—all well-intentioned—works beautifully as a targum. Which apart from the question of truth in advertising isn’t to disparage KNT. For the New Testament itself exhibits targumizing, as when, for example, Mark 4:12 has “lest … it be forgiven them” in agreement with the targum of Isaiah 6:10 rather than “lest … one heals them” (so the Hebrew), and as when 2 Timothy 3:8 has “Jannes and Jambres” in agreement with a targum of Exodus 7:11-8:19, which in the Hebrew original leaves Pharaoh’s magicians unnamed. Hence, Tom’s Targum. Trouble is, J&J won’t know they’re reading a targum.’
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Robert Gundry is a scholar-in-residence and professor emeritus at Westmont College. His Commentary on the New Testament, carried by Baker Academic, includes for the purpose of close study a literal translation of the New Testament.
I wish I had time to paste here a few quotes.
This is a very substantial text and I highly recommend it to all those interested in this topic.
This is a very moving tribute to the Archbishop Rowan Williams, by NT Wright, probably the most prominent Anglican theological at this time.
Here is just one paragraph, as an example:
His mind has been, above all, for unity, always central to a bishop’s vocation. Not a shoulder-shrugging, lowest-common-denominator unity, but the hard-won, costly unity that makes demands on charity and patience rather than on conscience. He has worked hard for that unity within his own Anglican Communion and across denominational lines. He is one of a tiny handful of Anglican theologians to be a household name in Roman and Eastern Orthodox circles; and he has won friends in the free churches, too. When he was an official observer at an international Methodist conference twenty years ago, he complained in his closing remarks that they hadn’t sung his favourite Wesley hymn, ‘And Can it Be’, with its solid gospel affirmation, ‘No condemnation now I dread; Jesus, and all in him, is mine!’ They obediently stood up and sang it.
This is a serious, thought provoking review of How God Became King. The Forgotten Story of the Gospels, NT Wright’s latest book.
Here is the transcript: Continue reading “NT Wright on Heaven”
Here is the transcription: Continue reading “NT Wright on Paradise”
Here is the transcription of this short video:
Thanks to Carson Clark for the link.
Here is the transcription of this talk: Continue reading “NT Wright on the Purgatory”
I highly recommend this article of Scot McKnight, especially to my reformed and liberal friends.
I am reading, with great pleasure and immense spiritual benefit Scot’s latest book The King Jesus Gospel. I love it. Even when I disagree with some (small) points. O book recommended by NT Wright should be good, after all.
Thanks to Carson Clark for this link.
This is suitable short clip for a good morning. Enjoy!
I suggest you should absolutely listen to this short comment on hell (and Rob Bell) by NT Wright. It’s brilliant and to the point. And, I am sure, the neo-fundamentalist neo-Reformed will hate it. Because it is true.
Thanks, Carson Clark.
Scott McKnight presents on his blog Jesus Creed a few considerations on NT Wright’s latest book, Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today,which is, says McKnight, ‘both a revision and an expansion of his former book The Last Word’.
For an exemplification of Tom Wright’s dealing with the biblical text and the theology it contains, here is how McKnight summarises his understanding of the doctrine of Sabbath:
Tom provides an exceptional illustration of how both to read Sabbath in its OT setting, what Jesus and Paul “did” to that teaching, how the Jubilee principle extends the Sabbath principle, and how Jesus is the transition to a new kind of time — death and resurrection and new creation, and thus how the Sabbath principle finds fulfillment in Jesus himself, and then he probes how to live that Sabbath principle out in our world. Here are some highlights:
1. In the OT Sabbath was a strong commandment, it was the day YHWH took up abode in the temple of creation (here he chimes in with John Walton) and asked image-bearers to enjoy that same rest.
2. Sabbath shows that history is going somewhere, it is a temporal sign that creation is headed toward that final rest, and it is sacred time.
3. Sabbath has to be connected to Jubilee, and therefore to justice and compassion for the poor, and that means Sabbath and Jubilee point us toward the restoration of creation.
4. Jesus thought the entire Sabbath principle pointed toward himself. Time was fulfilled in him; a new kind of time begins with him. Paul does not seem to care about Sabbath, and he observes its absence in Romans 13:9; Col 2:14-16; Rom 14:5-6. I have to be brief: it’s about time’s fulfillment. Sacred time finds its way to Jesus Christ and new creation.
5. To continue celebrating sabbaths is to focus on the signposts when we have already arrived. Thus, “Come to me and I will give you rest.” You don’t need the alarm clock when the sun is flooding the room with its light.
6. The early Christians didn’t transfer Sabbath to Sunday.
7. We don’t need to back up into a Sabbatarianism.
8. We “celebrate” instead of “rest” — a kind of celebration rest. We reserve this day for new creation life. Music, the meal, family, service, peace, justice, love — these are the notes of Sunday for those who see the fulfillment of Sabbath in Jesus.
We live in a perpetual sabbath.
I would say, absolutely splendid.
Read the whole blog post HERE.
St Andrews University: Distance Learning Programme
‘The Bible and the Contemporary World’
Special Lecture by Professor N. T. Wright, St Mary’s College
Tuesday September 14 2010, 6.30 pm
Kingdom, Power and Truth: God and Caesar Then and Now
I am very grateful for the invitation to lecture this evening, and for the welcome you have given me. This is in no sense an official inaugural lecture – there may be time for that in due course; but I couldn’t resist the invitation to say something as part of a series on ‘the Bible and the contemporary world’. I have spent most of my adult life trying to hold the Bible and the contemporary world together and to discern the ways in which what most Christian churches call ‘the authority of the Bible’ actually impinges on the real world rather than merely on the private reality, or even the virtual reality, of a Christian existence which has detached itself from that world. Conversely, I have tried to discern ways in which the questions of our own day, framed in their own terms, can be brought to the Bible in the hope of finding, if not exact and complete answers, at least wisdom by which to take matters forward. I was delighted to hear of the distance learning project which was taking exactly this double topic as its theme this summer; and my mind went at once to one of the most remarkable of the conversations which Jesus has with an individual in John’s gospel, that final and fateful dialogue with Pontius Pilate in John chapters 18 and 19. I shall try to suggest this evening that this conversation contains within it the key elements of several of our most urgent and thorny public debates right now, and that reflecting on it in the light of them, and them in the light of it, may help us both to understand John’s gospel a bit better and to address our contemporary issues with a more biblically grounded Christian comment. I shall then offer some concluding reflections on the sort of exercise I have been undertaking, not for the sake of navel-gazing but because some remarks on method, in the light of some actual practice, may be of interest or even of value to those taking the present course. Continue reading “NT Wright – Kingdom, Power and Truth: God and Caesar Then and Now”
You may also read HERE a commentary on this important topic of the implications of the full humanity and divinity of Jesus, as defined at the Council of Chalcedon.
Un comentariu recent de pe blog, legat de postul meu dedicat lui Liviu Olah, m-a condus către site-ul intitulat Predici reformate, pe care l-am accesat initial pentru a downloada câteva predici ale lui Liviu Olah. După ce am făcut-o însă, mi-am aruncat privirea pe site şi m-am cam îngrozit.
Desigur, aşa cum am mai spus-o, nu sunt calvinist şi nici arminian, nici nu socotesc că trebuie să aleg între aceste două ideologii, căci, cred eu, nici Calvin n-a fost calvinism şi nici Arminius n-a fost Arminian, ci acestea sunt produsul unor epigoni nedemni de mentorii lor. Aşa fiind, n-am mare simpatie pentru asemenea abordări ideologice, deşi, în definitiv, fiecare are dreptul să creadă ce vrea, inclusiv o prostie.
Cu Kevin Vanhoozer predând acolo şi NT Wright invitat să conferenţieze, se pare că sunt zile noi pentru această şcoală, care a stat multă vreme nu prea departe de fundamentalismul zilelor lui de la inceput.