Flotsam and jetsam (8/1)
- How Serious a Heresy is Universalism? – Roger Olson
I agree with Swiss theologian Emil Brunner (and others) that universalism is heresy. It is unbiblical and illogical. However, that does not mean a person who holds it is not a Christian. I have never met a Christian who was one hundred percent theologically correct. Scratch hard enough and you’ll always find some heresy beneath the surface (if not on the surface).
- Out of Ur, Did Jesus Preach the Gospel?
McKnight is concerned that we have confused “Gospel” with “Plan of Salvation,” and rather than being true evangelicals (a word rooted in the Greek euangelion meaning “good news” or “gospel”), contemporary Western Christians might be better identified as soterians because we have built our whole church culture around one thing- salvation, who is saved and who is damned.
- Michael Bird, A Feast of Meanings: Theology of the Eucharist (Part 1)
The reason why we cannot avoid these questions and retreat into a meal-less and symbol-less Christianity is because too much is at stake in the Eucharist. The meaning of Eucharist is ultimately anchored in a story, in fact, the story. It is a snap shot of the grand narrative about God, Creation, the Fall, Israel, the Exile, the Messiah, the Church, and the Consummation. Eucharist is ultimately a microcosm of our theology as what we think about gospel, salvation, and community, impacts our theology of the Eucharist.
- Timothy Dalrymple, Renewing Our Church, Renewing Our Nation
I won’t pretend to foresee a “coming collapse” of our society or our Church. But I will say that I’m increasingly concerned not only that the material conditions of our prosperity are disintegrating, but that the deeper moral and spiritual conditions of our prosperity have long since degenerated.
- Christian History magazine looks at The History of Hell
- Kevin DeYoung has an interesting dialog with Jack Collins on Adam and Eve.
- And, Lifehacker looks at the 5 Best Ebook Readers