Flotsam and jetsam (5/11)

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In my opinion, Chuck Swindoll makes some spot-on observations as he talks with Jethani about how the church has become enamored of technology, how worship has become a “show” that an audience attends rather than a meeting that takes place between God and his people, and on the importance of church leaders asking tough questions of themselves and one another about how much our programming mentality is taking energy away from the real work of the ministry—study, prayer, working with people.

One of my readers…raised several important observations during an email discussion about how liberal Christians selectively use the Bible. He asked me to share my position on how the Bible is used by liberal Christians, and a perspective on how it should be used.

Whenever I hear someone say that the situation we face now is graver, more challenging than any we have ever faced, I stifle a laugh. Our low point surely was at the beginning of the Christian movement. We muttered and worried in that room long ago and could not imagine that Christ was raised from the dead, risen with healing in his wings, and with his death and resurrection had judged even our highest aspirations as inadequate. He pronounced our greatest hopes as infinitely too small.

The idea is that our ideas of Jesus are formed in the community- we discover Jesus in the intersection of Scripture/Church/His working in the world- that is, when we participate in His Body.

In recent years evangelicalism has seen an increase in church-based theological education programs that endeavor either to supplement or entirely replace traditional seminary training. Those in favor of church-based theological education, particularly as it relates to ministry training, insist that traditional modes of theological education too often create a false dichotomy between praxis and theology. Those who support traditional academic theological education maintain that the academy has a unique role to play in partnership with the local church when it comes to theological education and ministry training. In the coming posts, we’ve invited two scholars — both of whom are concerned about ecclesial theology and the church — to weigh in on this issue

  • NPR reports on the PC(USA) decision to remove a key barrier to ordaining practicing homosexuals.


About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on May 11, 2011, in Flotsam and jetsam. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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