- Lecture 1: “The Theater of the Gospel: The Stage, the Script, and the Director“
- Lecture 2: “The Company of the Gospel: Rehearsing Improvising, Performing“
- Lecture 3: “The God of the Gospel: Being, Authoring, Dialoguing“
This is a nice addition to the two lectures that Vanhoozer gave at Southeastern Seminary last fall on “Doing Faith: Seeking (and Showing) Understanding in Company with Christ.” (HT Justin Taylor)
PART ONE – The Theater of the gospel: the stage, the script, and the director
Prologue: The pastor-theologian as minister of understanding
I. The stage
II. The Christian control story: theodrama
- The Christian theodrama is eucatastrophic
- The Christian theodrama involves divine entrances and exoduses
- The Christian theodrama is Trinitarian
III. The script
- The nature of Scripture: Spirited discourse
- The function of Scripture: cultivating canon sense
- The authority of Scripture: cultivating catholic sensibility
IV. Doctrine as direction
- Knowing God is itself dramatic.
- Understanding the theodrama: fitting participation
V. The director and the dramaturg
- The dramaturg
- The director
- Church as company of players
PART TWO – Gospel Theater: Rehearsing, Improvising, Performing
I. Role-playing: from Stanisklavski to sanctification
- Doctrine and identity
- The ‘System’
- The disciple’s vocation: being real
II. Discipleship as improvisation
- Accepting and blocking ‘offers’
- Narrative skills
III. “Doing” church: the theater of the gospel
- Performing the Scriptures: the costumed interpreter
- Performing the doctrine of atonement
- A plea for amateur theology: acting in parables
- Andrew Perriman offers some reflections on Anthony Thiselton’s Hermeneutics of Doctrine and the way it is helping him reconsider the legitimacy of doctrine in relationship to biblical interpretation. On a similar note, Justin Taylor discusses Vern Poythress’s view on the matter and offers links to a couple of further resources.
- Paul Alexander explains why the Gospel of John needs to be an equal partner with the Synoptics in constructing our understanding of the historical Jesus and the impact this would have on standard methodological principles. (HT Jim West)
- Jason Goroncy offers a lengthy excerpt from Rowan William’s recent address on the topic of forgiveness.
- Brian LePort offers a roundup of recent posts on the role of women in the church.
- And, a church in Brazil has gotten permission to move forward with its $200m replica of Solomon’s temple.
Justin Taylor has an interesting interview with Mark Driscoll over at Between Two Worlds. The interview focuses on the new book that he has co-authored with Gerry Breshears, Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe. I’m planning to post on the book sometime this summer (I should probably read it first). The interview is particularly helpful for understanding some of the back story involved in writing the book.
The comments following the interview are also interesting. Although (unsurprisingly), some of the comments veer in some unhelpful directions, several made some interesting comments about the the rhetorical devices Mark uses to critique his opponents even when he’s not doing it overtly.