Archive for February, 2011

Paul and the Missio Dei

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

My brief article called “Missional Musings on Paul” is out in the newest issue of the magazine for seminarians called Catalyst.

In the same issue is a fine survey of recent work on Scripture and ethics by Nijay Gupta.

Reimagining Justification Lectures

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

In March I will be giving two sets of lectures on the theme of “Reimagining Justification.” So if you are near Chicago or Washington, DC please come join us!

Chicago:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2
The NT LUND LECTURES
NORTH PARK THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
3225 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60625-4895
“Reimagining Justification”

1. “Justification as Resurrection from the Dead (with Special Reference to Abraham)”–10:30 a.m.

2. “Justification and Justice (with Special Reference to the Corinthians)”–1:00 p.m.

WASHINGTON, DC

FRI., MARCH 18 (7:00 p.m.) & SAT., MARCH 19 (10:00 a.m.; 3:30 p.m.)
THE 30th ANNUAL G. ARTHUR KEOUGH LECTURESHIP 2011
DEPARTMENT OF RELIGION, WASHINGTON ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY
7600 Flower Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912

“Reimagining Justification According to St. Paul”

1. “The End of Justification as We Know It”
Friday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m., Richards Hall Chapel
Response by Fr. Frank Matera, Catholic University of America
Q&A

2. “Justification as Resurrection from the Dead (with Special Reference to Abraham)”
Saturday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m., Sligo Church Fellowship A

3. “Justification and Justice (with Special Reference to the Corinthians)”
Saturday, March 19 at 3:30 p.m., Richards Hall Chapel
Response by Dr. Stephen Fowl, Loyola University in Maryland
Q&A/Panel

For further information, look here.

Civil Religion Watch Continued

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

One of my blog readers, Christopher, added this as a comment to my January 10 “Civil Religion Watch” post. It’s pretty amazing:

The following is from the newsletter of a Presbyterian church in South Carolina regarding their July 4th , 2010 Sunday worship service.

“That morning’s worship service features: (Our) Color Guard’s flag presentation and the Pledge of Allegiance, patriotic music. patriotic hymn sing, no sermon but a Reading of the Declaration of Independence, and we will join in prayers for our nation. We ask that all our Community First Responders and active and veteran Military please dress in uniform for this service so we can acknowledge all that you have done and do for us. Additionally , everyone is invited to bring a flag to church (mind the size). You will be asked to wave it during singing, the ushers will give out small flags to those present. So invite all your friends, neighbors, and acquaintances to” (church’s name) Celebrates the Flag on The 4th of July.”

Not sure if this is an example of civil religion or the worship of an idol?

Comments?

Here’s my comment:

I think this qualifies as over-the-top civil religion and idolatry. Replacing the sermon with a reading of the Declaration of Independence is literally unbelievable. I’m not sure what else to say except that this is no longer a Christian worship service.

Please keep these examples coming. People need to be aware of what’s going on in order to work to stop it.

Jim Wallis on Egypt

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Jim Wallis has an excellent essay on Egypt, which I recommend especially for a good perspective on the recent change in the U.S.’s view of Mubarak.

Pray for the peace of Cairo.


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