Category Archives: Theology

Liberty & Covetousness…

“In a moment of eternity, while the taste of redemption was still fresh to the former slaves, the people of Israel were given the Ten Words, the Ten Commandments. In the beginning and end the Decalogue deals with the liberty of man. The first word – I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee...

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Life giving conversations….

The last week has offered me the opportunity to have some very life giving conversations with special people. Each one has been a learning experience and a discovery of what God is doing in me lately. I contrast these conversations against the feeling of this image that I made last weekend while on a photo...

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Missional

“But it’s one thing to say that the Church at large is involved in the Missio Dei; it’s another to use the term “Missional” as a kind of advanced concept of Church, or as a thing you have to do to qualify for Church.” Maggie Dawn helps our understanding of this oft misused/misunderstood term. From...

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Hope & Despair: theology with kids…

As a parent, I’m am always looking to simplify the theology us adults tend to complicate to satisfy our addiction to knowledge. It’s a good practice and not as easy as it sounds. Albert Einsten once said that “if you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” The challenge in doing this...

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My sons

One idea I have for the resurrected Toward Hope blog is to use this as a place to write general letters to my children about life. From time to time, I will address them with thoughts they can perhaps read one day and know me better as a result. These are my sons. My boys...

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Toward Hope is back

It’s been some time, years, actually, since I have blogged and as a result of a need to write again, I am kick starting the Toward Hope blog. I purchased the domain name and am geared up on the wordpress platform. My goal this time around is to use this blog as a place to...

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Lamenting Death in the OT

Our church is making its way through a long series on the story of scripture. We are after the meta-narrative and desire to see people embedded into the scriptures in a way that will drastically form identity and purpose. It is a good journey. Over the last couple of weeks we have been in the...

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Speedlinking December 8

Stuff on Pope Benedict Biography and Theology – Moltmann’s confession about the subjective importance of theology TSK points us to some worthwhile online study tools Bearing the Cross in the Global Economy – this article analyzes a report about slave labour in China that makes Christian Crosses for the West. via Jake Christians and the...

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NT Wright on Justification & New Perspective on Paul

Here is a great resource for you. NT Wright gave a talk at Asbury Theological Seminary recently that summarizes his perspectives on Justification and Paul. You can listen to the podcast here and a full transcript of the conversation is located here.  In this talk, Wright outlines his biblical theology against some of the evangelical...

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A Disturbance in the Ecclesial Force?

Perusing my RSS feeds over the last few days, I have been made aware of the next iteration of ecclesial grenade launching happening in theological camps. There have been some public remarks made about the emerging church that many feel lack the tact and love characteristic of the Christian way. For those new to the...

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Thoughts on Suffering &Thankfulness

Is it only the things we desire out of life that we ought to be thankful for? Or, can we be thankful for the times things don’t go our way? I think the latter should be the right perspective. Being thankful for difficult times, whether suffering to an unbearable point, or hardships of a lesser...

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My Peace I Leave With You…

Inhabitatio Dei has invited a some thoughtful people to write on Christian Pacifism. Please have a look at their perspectives on the subject. The Restoration Movement by Thom Stark A Reformed Pacifism by Kim Fabricius The Baptist-Anabaptist Tradition by Michael Westmoreland-White An Evangelical Pacifism by D.W. Congdon A Free Church Pacifism by David Horstkoetter An...

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Which theologian are you???

I’m Jurgen Moltmann…I guess I’d better start reading more of his stuff. [via Bill Kinnon] You scored as Jürgen Moltmann, The problem of evil is central to your thought, and only a crucified God can show that God is not indifferent to human suffering. Christian discipleship means identifying with suffering but also anticipating the new...

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Questions to Guide Theological and Ecclesiological Perspective

I have just begun NT Wright’s book, The Challenge of Jesus, for a paper I am writing. At the end of his first chapter, in which he outlines the importance of studying the historical Jesus, he offers five questions that can guide us toward an appropriate understanding of Jesus to inform our theologies and ecclesiologies....

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Blessed Are Those Who Mourn…

The topic of mourning is one that is often deliberately avoided. This is perhaps a result of the incessant messaging in our culture that we ought to avoid death and live for the now. This creates not least a perspective that everything is all right. Even within the communities of the faithful it is difficult...

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