Generally, I need to know the ending. If I’m reading a book, that’s a bit different. (Actually, not much. If I get into the last half and the pace accelerates, I really want to know what’s at the end and occasionally I peek.) But if I’m in a conversation and someone needs to tell me a conclusion, I really want them to get to the conclusion. Continue reading “Too much of a “bottom line” mentality”
N.T. Wright in his book, The Day the Revolution Began, contends to build a theology of atonement that is as narrow as what we’ve constructed in western Christianity, most theologians have to virtually ignore something significant: the Gospels. Continue reading “Our narrow view of atonement and the gospels”
The charges are severe (from NT Wright’s book, The Day The Revolution Began): Continue reading “Losing sight of the power of the cross”
We have made “sin” a list of things. It makes it easy to define the “insiders” and the “outsiders.” Continue reading “Sin”
Working through a N.T. Wright book is usually slow work for me, mainly because I can’t “get” what he is saying right away. This time, The Day the Revolution Began is different. It is slow going because I am blown away by every other sentence it seems. Continue reading “Are we asking the wrong questions?”
A term that will take a beating. Continue reading “Can we recapture “evangelical””
We don’t seem to be in the mood for it these days in our culture, but what is needed now more than ever is right thinking.
A new book compiling some of the work of Dallas Willard starts with what Dallas did best: think. He calls us to right thinking. And where that starts is the Word of God.
And so we must apply our thinking to the Word of God. We must thoughtfully take that Word in, dwell upon it, ponder its meaning, explore its implications — especially as it relates to our own lives. We must thoughtfully set it into practice. In doing so, we will be assisted by God’s grace in ways far beyond anything we can understand on our own; and the ideas and images that governed the life of Christ through his thought life will possess us.
Right thinking is vital right now. When emotions are high, when rhetoric is divisive… right thinking is needed. This is where the Church should be leading the way.
Renewing the Christian Mind: Essays, Interviews, and Talks